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The Weekend and Beyond

Some advisories and suggestions about your upcoming travels.

Metrorail Delays
The transit authority is doing track maintenance on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines this weekend, which means delays of 15 to 20 minutes for riders because trains on all those lines will be sharing tracks to get around the work zones. See full details on Metro's Web site.

Events and Metrobus Detours
Saturday and Sunday events in Washington and Arlington are likely to cause some traffic delays and will require some Metrobus detours. The events include Bike DC and Clarendon Day on Saturday, and Fiesta DC and the Chinese Cultural Festival on Sunday. See details about time and place, and the Metrobus detours here.

Bus Route Changes
Metro is making some significant changes to service on routes in the District, Maryland and Virginia, effective on Sunday. See full details here, but these are some of them.

Route 5A: Metro is adding buses ti ease crowding on the District to Dulles Airport line.
REX: The Richmond Highway Express will get four extra trips on its weekday schedule.
Route R4: Weekend service on the Queens Chapel Road Line will begin earlier.

Buses at Silver Spring
Starting Sunday, the buses and taxis move out of Silver Spring Station for the start of the transit center construction project, which will take about two years.

Ride On and Metrobus stops will be on Wayne Avenue, Dixon Avenue, and Bonifant Street. Taxis will be on Ramsey Avenue near Wayne Avenue. The Kiss & Ride area will be in the parking garage at Bonifant Street and Dixon Avenue. Use the Bonifant Street entrance. There's a new walkway to the northbound side of the MARC platform.

Drivers, watch for people walking to and from these new stops, especially along Wayne Avenue, near the Discovery building.

Beltway HOT Lanes
Watch for lane shifts on the Capital Beltway between Tysons Corner and Springfield, where work is underway on the 14 miles of HOT (high-occupancy or toll) lanes that will stretch from the Springfield interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road.

Crews are working behind concrete barriers to prepare for construction of the lanes on the outer side of the Beltway. They will also be replacing bridges and overpasses along the route. Pile driving and excavation for new bridges is going on at Little River Turnpike and Interstate 66.

Watch also for overnight lane closures on the Beltway at the Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Lee Highway (Route 29) interchanges.

Widening Interstate 95
Some off-peak lane closures are occurring between Route 123 and the Fairfax County Parkway as the Virginia Department of transportation builds a fourth lane in each direction along those eight miles.

Tysons Utility Relocations
Lane closures are occurring on the Leesburg Pike service roads while crews relocate utilities in preparation for construction of the new Metrorail line through Tysons to Wiehle Avenue. Construction of the rail line is scheduled to begin in March, with a projected completion of this phase in 2013, at a cost of $1.63.billion. A second phase would take the line to Dulles International Airport.

Bus Fare
A hearing has been scheduled for Oct..10 in Prince George's County on a proposal to increase the 75-cent full fare for rides on the county's transit service, known as TheBus. The hearing on the proposed $1 fare increase will be held at 10 a.m. in the fourth floor conference room at 9400 Peppercorn Pl. in Largo. The fare increase would take effect Nov. 3. People can register to speak at the hearing by calling 301-883-5656.

SmarTrip Sales
You can add value to your SmarTrip card at all the Connector Stores in Fairfax County. The stores are at Tysons-West Park Transit Station, Reston East Park and Ride, Reston Town Center Transit Station, Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station.

Fairfax Parkway Extension
The long-awaited construction of the parkway's final two miles is scheduled to begin late this year. When the first phase is done in late 2010, drivers will have a direct link to Interstate 95 through the Engineering Proving Grounds. During the construction, there will be lane closings at off-peak hours of the day and night, but none during rush hours, VDOT says.

This and other road improvements in the Springfield and Fort Belvoir areas will come as Virginia prepares for the impact of the BRAC redeployments.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 27, 2008; 11:41 AM ET
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Clara Barton Parkway had 2 way traffic on it this morning. This caused significant delays. Will this contine?

Posted by: Bill L | September 29, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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