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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some tips and suggestions about your upcoming travels. There's a lot to talk about this week.

Work on Kenilworth Avenue
Watch for lane closures and congestion. The District is resurfacing I-295 at Burroughs Avenue NE from 8 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday.

The two right-hand lanes of southbound I-295 will be closed just south of the bridge over Burroughs Avenue. All southbound traffic will be shifted into a single lane and motorists will need to stay to the left to get though the work zone. Two northbound lanes will remain open, as will all the ramps.

A southbound alternative: Route 50 East (New York Avenue) to I-395

Northbound alternatives:
-- I-395 to Route 50 East (New York Avenue)
-- Whitney Young Memorial Bridge, East Capitol Street, Central Avenue
-- Sousa Bridge, Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Rockville Pike
On Saturday, northbound traffic on Rockville Pike will be shifted to the newly constructed temporary road at Montrose Parkway/Randolph Road. On Thursday, the southbound traffic also will be shifted to the detour road.

Until the traffic switch is complete this week, drivers on East Jefferson Street will be detoured to Executive Boulevard and onto northbound Rockville Pike.
The temporary road, which has the same number of lanes as the pike, was created to allow construction of a new interchange.

Sunday Blackout on Train Signs
Metrorail's electronic message boards won't be displaying the train arrival predictions on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, while Metro tests its communications equipment. The screens still will be able to display the elevator and escalator updates and the service delay information. Metro's Web site also will be unable to display the train arrival information during the testing period Sunday.

Navy Yard Metro Station
The Green Line station's west entrance (the one closest to Nationals Park) will be closed some days this month because of construction work directly above the entrance. The entrance on the New Jersey Avenue SE side will remain open.

These are the closing times:
-- Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- Monday to Friday, 8 p.m. to closing of the rail system
-- Saturday, Nov. , 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Night Football
The Metrorail system will stay open until 1 a.m. for the crowds at Sunday night's football game between the Redskins and Cowboys at FedEx Field in Landover. Parking at all the stations is free because it's a weekend. Metro will have extra Blue Line trains on standby after the game in case the Morgan Boulevard and Largo stations get too crowded.

Wilson Bridge Project
Telegraph Road will be closed between East Drive and North Kings Highway from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday for ramp construction. .

HOT Lanes Project
The left lane in each direction on Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) at the Capital Beltway is closed until the end of February so workers can build two bridge piers to support new Beltway lanes.

After this phase of construction is complete, the left lanes will reopen. But nighttime lane closures under the bridge will occur as work continues on new lanes connecting the Beltway and Route 50. These nighttime closures will probably last through the end of 2011.

This is part of the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes project. The outer lanes now under construction will become regular travel lanes. Once they are done, the inner lanes will be converted to HOT lanes. This construction plan was designed to reduce disruption and traffic congestion over the next few years.

I-95 Widening
The two right lanes on Interstate 95 south between the Fairfax County Parkway and Pohick Road are scheduled to be closed from 10:30 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday so sound walls can be demolished for the highway widening project.

As part of the project, the lane widths on Furnace Road will be reduced at I-95 in Lorton through next spring.

Telegraph Road Closures
Telegraph Road is scheduled to be closed between East Drive and North Kings Highway from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday morning for ramp bridge construction.

Contractors will erect and connect steel beams for the first of two bridges over Telegraph Road that will eventually carry traffic from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to North Kings Highway and Huntington Avenue.

Over the next two months, related daytime work may require Telegraph Road to be reduced to two lanes in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More nighttime work may reduce the road to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Arena Drive Project
The three left lanes along the Capital Beltway's outer loop between Ritchie Marlboro Road and Central Avenue are scheduled to close overnight Monday through Thursday while workers shift traffic to the newly created left lane and left shoulder.

When that's done, motorists will continue to have four through lanes along the outer loop, though traffic will be shifted to the left.

Drivers should expect a single left lane closure at 8 each night, followed by a double lane closure. From 10.p.m. to 5 a.m., the three left lanes will be closed.
To avoid delays, drivers could try Routes 193 or 301 to the east or Interstate 295 to the west.

Md. Bridge Reopens
Maryland's State Highway Administration is reopening the Point of Rocks Road Bridge over Catoctin Creek in Point of Rocks.

The bridge was closed Oct. 20 because it needed to be repaired even though it's scheduled to be replaced in spring 2010. The state, which normally inspects its bridges every two years, has put bridges that are scheduled to be replaced on a more aggressive inspection schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 14, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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