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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some travel advisories for this weekend. You'll also find some information about transportation issues coming up in the weeks ahead.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
Track maintenance may significantly delay travel this weekend on the Blue and Yellow lines. Trains share a single track to get around the work zone and proceed at 10 mph through the area to protect the workers. See the full details here on Metro's Web site.

Red Line Parking Lots
The Shady Grove Metrorail station's West Kiss & Ride Lot will be closed
Saturday to prepare for the resurfacing of the lot. This shouldn't hurt too much, because it's just 20 spaces and will be open again on Sunday, according to the schedule.

At Grosvenor Station, the surface parking lot is scheduled to be closed this weekend for maintenance. That's 412 spaces shut off, but the station has a grand total of 1,894.

New Metro Sales Office
Metro is opening a sales booth at Anacostia Station to temporarily replace the one at the now closed Southeastern Metrobus garage. Riders can use the booth to buy Farecards and passes, including weekly Metrobus passes and SmarTrip cards. The office will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new permanent site will be open by the end of the year, Metro says.

VRE Parking
The Brooke Station will be closed Friday night, July 25, through Sunday July 27, for a restriping project that will add 70 spaces to the lot, which is now at capacity. Commuters should make sure they get their cars out by 8:30 p.m. next Friday. Any vehicles left after that will be towed.

MARC Parking
The Maryland Transit Administration is looking for ways to increase MARC parking space at Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Seabrook. The MTA says there's still a decent amount of parking at Dorsey, Savage, BWI Marshall Airport, Muirkirk and Bowie State. Average daily ridership on MARC's three lines was 32,604 in May, up 6 percent from May 2007.

Telegraph Road Signal
From the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project: There's a new traffic signal on Telegraph Road just south of the Capital Beltway at East Drive that aligns with Lenore Lane, allowing neighborhood residents access to Telegraph Road. Nearby Burgundy Drive at Telegraph Road is now closed.

Columbia Paving
Maryland's State Highway Administration has begun a $1.5 million resurfacing project along three miles of westbound Route 175 between Route 29 and Dobbin Road in Columbia. The job should be done by the end of November. But in the meantime, expect single lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays. As part of the project, the traffic lights at Thunder Hill Road, Tamar Drive and Dobbin Road will get countdown signals for pedestrians.

Watch for delays. More than 45,000 vehicles travel along this section of Route175 each day.

Silver Spring Transit Center
The Montgomery County Council's Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment is scheduled to consider a budget supplement of $16.7 million on Monday July 21 to advance construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center, which could get started this fall.

Route 29 Road Work
Watch for single lane closures weekdays on Route 29 between Stewart Lane and Blackburn Road in Montgomery County. On the northbound side, closures may occur from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Southbound, the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Avenue Project
Between Cindy Lane and the D.C. line on Central Avenue in Prince George's County, single lanes may be blocked on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 18, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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Ah, another tourist-heavy weekend with neutered Metro lines. Way to go.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Metro Opens 30 Minute Waits!

Posted by: BOHICA! | July 18, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I've NEVER seen that Brooke lot at capacity, but okay...can't argue with more spaces I guess.

Posted by: Joseph McMahon | July 22, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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