The Weekend and Beyond
Some suggestions on local travel and transportation issues for this weekend and the rest of the month.
Track maintenance on the Red, Orange and Green lines will start tonight and continue through Sunday. Riders should 15 to 20 minutes to their normal travel times on those lines, because trains heading inbound and outbound will be sharing a track to get around the work zones. See full details here on Metro's Web site.
Events in Washington and Virginia on Saturday and Sunday will require some Metrobuses to detour around the activities. So you see a list of the events and the affected bus lines on this page at Metro's Web site.
The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge will be closed for maintenance during overnight hours through the weekend, the Maryland Transportation Authority says.
These are the closing hours:
-- 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
-- 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
-- 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
Two-way traffic will operate on what is normally the westbound span during the closures.
The transportation authority says the closings schedule is designed to accommodate rush hour traffic and also the extra traffic that is likely to be generated by two weekend events on the Eastern Shore: NASCAR races in Dover, Del., and SunFest in Ocean City.
Veirs Mill Road
Watch for single lane closures between Norbeck Road and the Rock Creek Bridge on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
At off peak times Monday through Thursday, you may encounter single lane closures at Randolph/Montrose Road. The work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Branch Avenue Ramp
Lane closures are planned on southbound Branch Avenue (Route 5) and its ramp to the Capital Beltway's outer loop on weeknights between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Farragut North Art
Metro's Art in Transit program and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District are looking for an artist to create permanent public art at the Red Line's Farragut North Station. The theme for the art project is "pulse," as in the movement of people, trains, buses and vehicles.
The sponsors say preference will be given to artists who live in Washington, and to those who have experience in the design, development and execution of public art projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 3, and a selection will be made in December, with installation to be completed next September. Artists, look for more details on the business group's Web site, at www.gtbid.com.
Silver Spring Bus Stops
Starting Sept. 28, all the Ride On and Metro buses that operate out of the Silver Spring Metro station are scheduled to move out into the surrounding streets until construction of the new transit center is done in about two years.
The taxi stand also will be moving. And MARC passengers will walk along a new path to reach the northbound train platform. The Metro Kiss & Ride area will move to an adjacent parking garage on Bonifant Street. (We plan to show a map of this on The Post's Commuter page on Sept. 28.)
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