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Get There: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

The Weekend and Beyond

Here are details about weekend events, and some other things related to your upcoming travels. Metrorail Delays Track maintenance on the Red, Blue and Orange lines this weekend will delay travelers for 20 to 30 minutes as trains take turns on a single track around the work zones. On the Red Line, the work zone is between Grosvenor and Medical Center. Crews will be replacing rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. On the Blue and Orange Line, the single tracking will be between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. Crews will be working on the bridge outside the Stadium-Armory Station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. HOT Lanes Detour The construction of the High Occupancy Toll lanes along the Capital Beltway is having more impact on the east-west roads over the Beltway than on the Beltway. The next big impact could come...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Delays on 1-95 Northbound Due to Glass Accident

Traffic is backed up on northbound I-95 in Prince William County this morning because of a significant amount of broken glass on the highway -- apparently caused when several large panes of glass fell from a truck and shattered near the intersection with Route 234, authorities said. Highway department crews were sweeping up the glass shortly before 7 a.m., and three of the four lanes had been reopened to traffic, but there were long backups on I-95. Traffic was also jammed on Route 234, which intersects with I-95 just before the site of the incident. Reports now say the glass has been removed, but road congestion continues....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 19, 2009; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion  
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National Marathon in DC on Saturday

This event has been of great concern to weekend travelers for the past couple of years, because it's held on a Saturday, rather than a Sunday when traffic tends to be lighter and covers a lot of territory in the District. In fact, its popularity with drivers ranks on a level with the annual Christmas tree lighting held on the Ellipse during the afternoon rush hour. The National Marathon and Half Marathon start at 7 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m. RFK Stadium is the start and end point, but the runners go through six of the District's eight wards. There will be numerous street closings while the runners pass, and there will be traffic delays. The plan does not affect parking on those streets. This link will take you to a page of maps and more information about street closures. These are just some highlights of the areas affected:...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 18, 2009; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Events  
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Veterans Highway Reopens After Gas Leak

Update, 8:43 p.m.: Veterans Highway has reopened after a gas rupture this afternoon shut the roadway for several hours. Update, 6:49 p.m.: A gas leak on Veterans Highway has been contained but the road remains closed between Maxwell Frye Road and Benfield Blvd., said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Original post, 5:33 p.m.: Anne Arundel County fire officials say a ruptured natural gas line near Millersville has prompted the closure of a highway and the evacuation of several nearby businesses and homes. The four-inch line was struck about noon and a section of Veterans Highway was expected to remain closed through the afternoon rush hour. No injuries have been reported. -- Associated Press Road Essentials:  Incident Map  |  Traffic Cams   |   Key Routes...

By Mike McPhate  |  March 17, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Replacing Route 29 Bridge

It's the southbound bridge over I-70 in Howard County. The project is scheduled to start Thursday and end by early fall. We've been talking a lot lately about the various megaprojects that will mark the construction season in Virginia, projects such as the HOT lanes and the Metrorail extension through Tysons. But Maryland also has a busy construction schedule that will be visible to many commuters. During the next several months, says the Maryland State Highway Administration, there could be more than 350 work zones. That's a range of projects from the big ones, like the Intercounty Connector now well underway to the small operations like a bridge repair or an overnight paving project. Be especially alert for those smaller operations where the workers are separated from drivers only by orange barrels rather than concrete barriers. The Route 29 bridge project is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, when...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 17, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Montgomery County Proposes Bus Cuts

As part of addressing budget shortfalls this year, Mongomery County has proposed several cuts and changes to its RideOn bus services. A public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, Terrace Level, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. A list of proposed changes follows. To see the routes being discussed, see RideOn's Web site. Eliminate weekday service on Routes 3, 7, 31, 53 and 93. Eliminate Saturday service on Routes 29, 98, L8, T2 and Z2. Eliminate Sunday service on Routes 83, L8 and T2. Discontinue weekday service on the Route 32 Woodrock Extension. Eliminate service to Fallsgrove on Route 43. Reduce frequency of Route 43 during peak periods, and Route 15 in the evening, all days (Monday through Sunday). Reduce regular evening service on weekday Routes 17, 34, 49, 57, 61 and 83; on Saturday Routes 17 and 34 and on Sunday...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 16, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  
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Commuter Alert: I-95 Work Postponed Until Tuesday

During our online discussion this afternoon, several commuters asked what's up with the HOV lane schedule on I-395/95 in Virginia. Here's what's going on: The Virginia Department of Transportation just announced that because of the rainy weather, it has postponed work originally scheduled for tonight on I-95, which would have affected the HOV lane schedule this evening. So everything is as usual tonight. But on Tuesday night, under the new schedule, the HOV lanes on I-395/95 southbound now are scheduled to close early, at 8 p.m. They will be reversed to relief traffic congestion through a work zone on the northbound side, to the south of Springfield. This is the revised schedule for Tuesday: Two lanes of northbound I-95 near Lorton (exit 163) are scheduled to close from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday while workers erect steel beams for the new Pohick Creek bridge, part of the I-95...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 16, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  
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SoberRide to Be Available for St. Patrick's Day

As part of an effort to curb drunken driving, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will be sponsoring free cab rides on St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patty's Day SoberRide will be available in Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington counties, as well as the District, from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. People wishing to use the service can call 800-200-TAXI and get a free ride, up to what would be a $50 fare. AT&T wireless customers can also dial #TAXI. Last year, 218 people used SoberRide to get home on St. Patrick's Day. For information, visit http://www.soberride.com....

By Mike McPhate  |  March 16, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Commuter Graphic: A Dulles Extension Milestone

With the formal commitment of federal dollars to a new Silver Line to Dulles International Airport, the D.C. area is about to see the most significant expansion of the transportation system since the Metro system was first laid out. This week's Commuter Graphic outlines the pain and the payoff of the project. See full Silver Line coverage....

By Mike McPhate  |  March 15, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Metro  
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