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The Weekend and Beyond

Some suggestions about your travels and transportation issues as the New Year begins.

Legion Bridge Lane Closed
The left lane on the Capital Beltway's inner loop at the American Legion Bridge is closed for the weekend. The Maryland State Highway Administration says a routine inspection this week revealed a crack in one of the interior steel beams, so it closed the lane as a precaution.

Over the weekend, workers will reinforce the bridge with a temporary support, the SHA says. That work may require an additional lane closure. All the lanes should be open by early next week and permanent repairs will be made soon, according to SHA.

Metrobus in Fairfax
A special subsidy of some Metrobus routes in Fairfax County is expiring, so the regular Metrobus fare of $1.25 with SmarTrip or $1.35 cash is in effect as of Sunday on these routes:

2T Tysons Corner-Dunn Loring Line; 2W Vienna-Oakton Line; 3T Pimmit Hills Line; 12A, 12E, 12F, 12G Centreville South Line; 12C, 12D Centreville North Line; 12L, 12M Little Rocky Run-Vienna Line; 12R, 12S Sully Station-Vienna Line; 18R, 18S Burke Centre Line; 20F, 20W, 20X, 20Y Chantilly-Greenbriar Line; 24T McLean Hamlet-East Falls Church Line; 28T Tysons Corner-West Falls Church Line and the REX Richmond
Highway Express Line.

12th Street Tunnel Ramp
The District plans to temporarily close the eastbound ramp to the 12th Street Tunnel as part of the rehabilitation of the 11th Street Bridge near L'Enfant Plaza in Southwest Washington. The ramp will be closed nightly between 7:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. from Jan. 9 till Jan. 12.

Drivers coming across the 14th Street Bridge from Virginia can go north on 14th Street to get downtown, or take the L'Enfant Plaza exit to D Street SW. Detour signs will direct them to 7th Street, the District Department of Transportation says.

Connector Fare Increase
The cost of riding Fairfax County's bus service has gone up. Starting Sunday, the base fare on the Fairfax Connector goes from $1 to $1.25 when using a SmarTrip card, and from $1 to $1.35 when using cash.

Obamas Arriving
The new First Family is going to be staying temporarily at the Hay Adams Hotel near the White House, and the District Department of Transportation has announced street closures and parking restrictions that will go into effect at 1 a.m. Sunday and last ukntil midnight Jan. 15:

-- 16th Street NW between I (Eye) Street and H Street will be closed to traffic and parking will be restricted.
-- Connecticut Avenue NW between I Street and H Street will be closed to traffic and parking restricted.
-- H Street NW between 17th Street and Vermont Avenue will be closed to traffic and parking restricted.
-- Parking will be restricted on I Street NW between 14th and 17th streets.

Pedestrian access may be restricted on any of those streets, but people still will have access to their homes, and delivery trucks will be able to make deliveries to businesses after they are cleared through security checkpoints, DDOT said.

Maryland Transit Cuts
Maryland has decided to reduce service on MARC trains and commuter buses starting Jan. 12 to save money as the state transportation fund shrinks. The reductions are not as severe as the ones originally proposed this fall, but still affect thousands of riders.

For example, Train 871 to Brunswick will be eliminated Mondays through Thursdays, but remain in service on Fridays. Sales of 10-trip tickets end Jan. 9.

Saturday bus service and five off-peak trips on Route 929 between Columbia and Washington will be eliminated. Route 921 between Annapolis and New Carrollton and Route 913 from Waldorf to Suitland Metro station will be eliminated. The long list of cuts is available on the Maryland Transit Administration Web site.

Interstate 95 Widening
As part of the project that is adding a fourth lane to Interstate 95, the lane widths on Furnace Road will be reduced at I-95 in Lorton through the spring.

The four-year widening project between Route 123 at the Occoquan River and the Fairfax County Parkway began in early 2008. Project managers say no lane closures will be scheduled during peak travel hours.

Montgomery Road Project
Montgomery County has completed the reconstruction of deteriorated roads in Bethesda's Battery Park neighborhood begun in July.

This was the first neighborhood targeted under a county program that attempts a comprehensive evaluation of neighborhood transportation needs and assigns priorities for road work in communities.

Route 29 Bridge
Maryland's $1.1 million bridge cleaning and painting project on the Colesville Road bridge over the Patuxent River in Montgomery County is scheduled to be completed in the summer.

In the meantime, watch for single-lane closures weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

River Road Open
Commuters will find that River Road, shut between Seven Locks Road and Bradley Boulevard after the Dec. 23 water main break, has reopened to traffic.

Upper Marlboro Project
The Prince George's Department of Public Works and Transportation says utility relocation and right-of-way acquisitions are underway for an intersection improvement project on Croom Station Road at Chew Road. The project is designed to improve sight distance for drivers and add turning lanes.

Va. Transportation Cuts
The Commonwealth Transportation Board, which sets Virginia's road and transit priorities, has scheduled public hearings in January so people can discuss potential cuts of more than $1 billion to plans for the next six years, because of the economic downturn.

The hearing in Northern Virginia is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the Fairfax County Board Room at 12000 Government Center Parkway.

Ride On Bus Change
The schedule for the Route 70 will change effective Sunday. View the new schedule here.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 2, 2009; 10:39 AM ET
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Closing H Street? How is this going to work? How does one get from Conn. Ave. to east of the White House? No left at K or I, nor now at H, or at E. So on to constitution? What a mess . . .

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