The Weekend and Beyond
Some travel tips for the weekend, and information about upcoming events:
Switch replacement work on the Red Line at Friendship Heights and track maintenance on the Orange and Green lines will create delays as trains share a single track to get around the work zones. See the details here on Metro's Web site.
Metro managers are developing plans to better organize the maintenance work and get more of it done on weeknights, but there's still likely to be weekend work involving projects that can't be cleaned up in time for morning rush hours. Switch replacements are an example.
Some Saturday events in the District will force detours on a few Metrobus routes. See the details here.
Redskins Game Saturday
It's at 7 p.m. at FedEx Field in Landover, just off the Capital Beltway. Taking Metro to games is always a good idea, but note that this season there will be no shuttle buses to take fans from Landover Station to FedEx. The station with the easiest access to FedEx is Morgan Boulevard, on the Blue Line. Walk about a mile north along a sidewalk to the stadium.
While weekend rail service is normally reduced, Metro says extra trains will be available if necessary to get fans to and from the game if necessary.
GW Parkway Closure
Drivers may find one lane of the George Washington Parkway closed from Fridays at 7 p.m. through Mondays at 5 a.m. this weekend and the next two weekends. This is for repaving of the ramps at the interchange for the CIA in Fairfax County.
One lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Watch the electronic message boards and construction signs in the area for up to date information on the lane closures.
Pedestrian Plan Meeting
The District plans to hold one more public meeting on its 10-year plan to improve pedestrian safety. The safety program, developed over a year and a half, sets new policies and guidelines that will govern the design of street improvement projects.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the National Church of the Nazarene, 4401 16th Street NW.
Langley Park Crossroads
During my online discussion Monday, I promised an update on the lengthy and disruptive project to improve safety at University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue.
Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said the project, which got underway in spring 2007, is scheduled to be done by mid-fall. Workers are preparing to grind and pave the roadways. "We experienced a very wet spring and summer in 2007, but the project remains largely on schedule," Gischlar said.
The first of three weekend closures of southbound Route 29 in western Prince William County is scheduled for next weekend, following postponement of this weekend's planned work.
VDOT is installing a new deck on the bridge over Broad Run at Buckland. The bridge is about a half-mile south of Route 15, near the Fauquier County line. From Friday night through early Monday morning (Aug. 15-18), southbound drivers will be detoured around the bridge. That will add up to 30 minutes to their travel time, VDOT estimates.
Detour for cars: Southbound traffic will be diverted to northbound Route 15, then to westbound Route 55, then to Beverly Mill Road (Route 600) and back to Route 29.
The bridge project, which began in December, is scheduled to be completed this fall.
With the Manassas Station parking garage opening soon, VRE says it has installed new communications lines and moved one of the ticket vending machines, so that it now has three full service machines available for riders at the station. Two are on the north platform and one is at the depot.
There will be single lane closures for utility work on Maryland Route 124 (Woodfield Road) between Airpark Road and Rosewood Manor Lane weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays until Aug. 17, the right lane will be blocked on northbound Airpark Road at Woodfield Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Arena Drive Project
Watch for occasional lane closures on the Capital Beltway between Landover Road and Central Avenue. These can occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
I-66 Widening in Gainesville
Exit 43A from westbound Interstate 66 to southbound Route 29 will be closed for work on the bridge from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Detour: Drivers who want to reach southbound Route 29 will be directed to Exit 43B, then will go to the traffic light and turn left onto southbound Route 29.
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