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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some suggestions about your weekend travels and upcoming transportation issues.

Metro Delays
Red Line riders between Silver Spring and Forest Glen should add at least 20 minutes of travel time this weekend. Between 8 o'clock tonight and midnight Sunday, crews will be replacing the rail fasteners that stabilize tracks. So trains from both directions will take turns on a single track to get around the work zone.

Pentagon Station Closing Next Weekend
Over the President's Day weekend, Metrorail riders who normally go through the Pentagon Station on the Blue or Yellow lines will encounter a disruption. The transit authority plans to rebuild a rail switch, and the project will completely close the station from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, through midnight Monday, Feb. 16.

Metro will operate a free shuttle bus service between the Pentagon City, Pentagon, and L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations to get riders around the closure.

Braddock Road Traffic Shift
The Virginia Department of Transportation is replacing the overpass at Braddock Road and the Capital Beltway to create the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Starting Feb. 18, if the schedule holds, the westbound bridge will be demolished and traffic will be shifted to the eastbound bridge, which will have two lanes of traffic in each direction.

To make room for the additional lane, the sidewalk will be demolished and pedestrians will be directed to use the Wakefield Park bridge over the Beltway. The ramp from the Beltway's inner loop will be reconfigured, and a temporary traffic signal will control the flow onto Braddock Road west.

The demolition of the westbound bridge will take about six weeks. During that time, the two right lanes on either side of the Beltway will be closed weeknights from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

HOT Lane Hearings
Anyone wishing to weigh in on plans to add HOT lanes on Interstates 95 and 395 has a chance at three upcoming public hearings. For all three, doors open at 5 p.m. to see informational displays on the project. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by public comments. People who want to speak for up to three minutes can register at the door.

These are the dates and places: Monday, Potomac High School, 3401 Panther Pride Dr., Dumfries; Tuesday, Robert E. Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Rd., Springfield; Wednesday, Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria.

Written comments can also be submitted until Feb. 21. They should be sent to Ronaldo T. Nicholson, Regional Transportation Program Director, 6363 Walker Lane, Suite 500, Alexandria, Va., 22310. You may also e-mail your comments to:

Trains on President's Day
Neither VRE nor MARC will have train service on the President's Day holiday, Feb. 16.

Ride On Fares
The Montgomery County bus service continues to accept the Weekly Metrobus pass, but it has dropped the 20-Trip Ticket. Ride On says that the SmarTrip electronic fare card, which costs $5 to buy, provides the same discount, and that by making the change, the county saves paper and printing costs. Ride On still sells a one-day bus pass that is also honored by Metrobus.

Prince William Bridge Closing
The 127-year-old wrought-iron bridge on Aden Road (Route 646) over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Nokesville is closed for repairs that will take about three more weeks. The bridge, which carries about 2,000 vehicles a day, was closed to traffic for two months in 2007 for timber deck repairs, but Norfolk Southern, which owns the bridge, wants to make more extensive fixes.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 6, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Dr. G, might I suggest an addition to this list? WTOP report that the ramp from inbound I-395 to the 12th Street Tunnel will close at 19.30 tonight and reopen at 4.30 Monday. (URL for story: Designated detours are 14th Street and the Maine Avenue exit where you turn left onto D and left again onto 7th.

This is notable in part because the Capitals play tomorrow night at 19.00 and a lot of game traffic uses the 12th Street Tunnel, and also because a fair amount of Auto Show traffic might normally use the tunnel as well.

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 6, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Will the Pentagon station be closed to through rail traffic, or just bypassed by trains? That is, will you be able to take rail from L'Enfant to Pentagon City or will you have to take the bus.

Posted by: xrvax | February 6, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I have the same question as xrvax.

WMATA's news release doesn't mention this as well, other than stating "special blue and yellow line service". Will train be running through (but not stopping) in Pentagon?

Dr Gridlock, could you ask your contacts at WMATA?


Posted by: blafhhhh | February 9, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I cant believe metro is shutting down the PENTAGON station during presidents weekend. I know of so many friends and family coming into town and will be significantly inconvienced as their first time experience using metro this weekend from reagan to dc will now be a bus/rail chaos. This is ridiculous. Can they not run single track to at least accomidate visitors in a major metropolitan city. And metro wonders why they have poor customer service issues.

Posted by: Steceeee | February 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

What is being constructed on I-295? They are chopping down part of a median jersey wall. Does anyone know?

Posted by: andrewp111 | February 11, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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