The Weekend and Beyond
Here are some suggestions about your weekend travels and upcoming transportation issues.
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: Meeting_Comments@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
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.
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