The Weekend and Beyond
Here are some travel tips for your weekend and the rest of May, when we'll have some big disruptions because of road and rail projects.
Weekend Metro Delays
The transit authority is doing track maintenance this weekend along the Orange and Blue lines, causing delays for riders. Full details are in this statement from Metro. But that's nothing compared to this next one.
New Metrorail Project
The transit authority is planning a switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square that will slow travel on the Green and Yellow lines during four weekends this month and next, including two when people will be traveling to games at Nationals Park.
The $475,000 project, which stems from a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board following a derailment at the station, is scheduled to begin next weekend. The work will start Friday night and continue through Sunday. The other weekends are May 16-18, May 30-June1 and June 6-8. The Nationals are home next weekend and June 6-8.
Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Greenbelt and Green Line trains between Branch Avenue and Greenbelt. Trains on both lines will operate every 24 minutes.
The second span of the new bridge is scheduled to open in mid-May. That's something travelers have been looking forward to for years, but there's also going to be some pain during the month, because the construction work will require weekend lane closures and detours.
The exact schedule has not been announced, but it looks like drivers will want to avoid the bridge area next weekend. Watch for updates here.
National Airport Lanes
Drivers heading to Reagan National Airport from the George Washington Parkway are likely to encounter new delays starting Monday, because of the construction project that will add 1,424 garage parking spaces by 2010.
Watch for left lane closures at the airport entrance and near the garage parking. Also, the "return to airport" traffic coming from the parking garage exits will be rerouted to a new ramp just beyond the old ramp. The 25-space bicycle rack at Garage C will be unavailable during construction, because it's too close to the work.
Drivers from the southbound parkway could use the second airport exit ramp to get around the construction. Other bike parking is available around the airport.
Remaking Beltway Lanes
VDOT is reconfiguring the lanes on the outer loop of the Capital Beltway from just past the Interstate 395 overpass to the Van Dorn Street exit. The results will add one eastbound through lane for drivers heading toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge while dropping one right-hand merge lane.
The road work reduces the outer loop at this point to one through lane from 8 p.m. Saturday to until 10 a.m. Sunday . Paving for the new lane configuration is scheduled for Sunday night through Thursday nigh. The hours will be 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Beach Drive Closure
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park is scheduled to be closed between Wise Road and Sherrill Drive NW from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Workers will be repairing the roadway and removing trees.
Tysons Night Work
Watch for overnight lane closures Monday through Saturday during the next two weeks on eastbound Route 7 just before the Route 123 overpass in Tysons Corner. The closures will start at 10 p.m. and end at 5 a.m.
Washington Gas is relocating its utility lines to prepare for construction of the Metrorail line through Tysons and eventually out to Dulles.
The utility relocations have been underway for several months and are not a response to Wednesday's breakthrough announcement by the Federal Transit Administration that will allow the rail project to receive more federal money.
Georgia Avenue Resurfacing
Many readers asked about this one.
Watch for single lane closures between Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crews have completed the new asphalt base and will be adjusting the utilities along the work zone next week, said Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. The final paving surface is scheduled to be applied the week of May 12.
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