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The Weekend and Beyond

Some advice and suggestions for your upcoming travels:

Weekend Getaways
People heading to the Eastern Shore for summer's last gasps can get the latest on Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic by calling 877-BAYSPAN or by checking the Bay Bridge Web site. The Web site information includes camera views of the toll plaza.

Closing on Route 28
On Monday, Aug. 25, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the Park Center Road entrance and exit on northbound Route 28.

Park Center Road has provided access to an industrial and commercial area on the east side of Route 28 between McLearen and Frying Pan Roads. But VDOT says the turn lane in and out of Park Center Road does not meet standards for ramps on a limited access highway. In addition, VDOT says, the construction at Frying Pan Road includes a ramp and deceleration lane extending into Park Center Road.

Forest Glen Bridge
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has installed new security features on the pedestrian bridge under the Capital Beltway, just south of the Forest Glen Metro station.

Walkers felt insecure on the path under the Beltway, because it was dark and noisy. Criminal activity was easy to mask. The county has added lighting, emergency call boxes and security cameras.

Kenilworth Avenue
The District's reconstruction of the heavily used route in the area of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue is about half done.

Construction includes widening of Kenilworth Avenue, improvement of the shoulders and realignment of the Nanny Helen Burroughs Avenue intersection with the Kenilworth Terrace and Kenilworth Avenue ramps.

Periodic lane closures occur during the daytime Mondays through Saturdays. The work should be done by fall 2009.

Park and Ride
Mary Ann Hall wrote with this suggestion for Eric Hill, who said he was beginning a commute from Reston to the District [Dr. Gridlock, July 27]:

Go to the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride, at 12530 Sunrise Valley Dr. Park for free and hop on the 5A Metrobus to Washington for $3. The bus stops in Rosslyn, then goes to L'Enfant Plaza. It runs in both directions up to late evening.

"It is in my opinion an excellent value," she said.

New Pathways for Bethesda
Montgomery County projects include shared-use paths on the northside of Bethesda Avenue between Woodmont and Wisconsin avenues; the northside of Willow Avenue between Wisconsin Avenue and 47th Street and on 47th Street from Willow Avenue into the Elm Street Park entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail.

In addition, the county says, bike route signs are planned for sections of Norfolk Avenue, Woodmont Avenue, Old Georgetown Road, Cheltenham Drive, Tilbury Street, Sleaford Road, Pearl Street, Bethesda Avenue, Willow Avenue and 47th Street.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 22, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
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Any metro track work this weekend that will cause delays?

Posted by: Laura | August 22, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Any word about whether the E street expressway/ TR Bridge Ramp will re-open on time (i.e., Monday?)

Posted by: VA Commuter | August 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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