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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some suggestions for your travels this weekend and the rest of March.

Weekend Delays on Metro
Orange Line riders between Vienna and West Falls Church should add half an hour to their normal travel time this weekend, while the transit authority does some maintenance work on the tracks. Trains will be sharing a track to get around the work zone till midnight Sunday, when the rail system closes.

Tip: Every other Orange Line train in the direction of Vienna will end its run at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton. That will increase service at the busiest stations during the work period.

MARC Tickets
Starting Monday, there will be no ticket agents at Aberdeen, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Laurel, Martin State Airport, Perryville, Rockville and Savage stations, the Maryland Transit Administration says. The Rockville ticket office will be closed while the station is renovated. Cash or voucher sales will no longer be available at these stations but, cash one-way fares will be sold on board the trains without penalty.

MARC has installed ticket machines, the same Amtrak Quk-Trak machines you see in the stations in Washington and Baltimore. They take major and debit cards.

Telegraph Road
Watch for temporary overnight lane closures along Telegraph Road this coming week, as part of the Wilson Bridge construction project.

Eisenhower Connector
On Saturday and Sunday, the ramp from the outer loop of the Capital Beltway to the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is for pile driving to allow widening of the Beltway Bridge at the Eisenhower Avenue Connector. Ramps entering the Beltway from Eisenhower Connector will remain open.

Van Dorn Street Exit, left onto Van Dorn Street North, right onto Eisenhower Avenue.
Telegraph Road Exit to Pershing Road, right onto Eisenhower Avenue.

Spring Foward
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Metro will spring foward along with everyone else, and it will become 3 a.m., Metrorail's weekend closing time. (Metro always stays open till 3 a.m. -- whenever that happens to occur -- on Friday and Saturday nights.)

14th Street Bridge
The District is scheduled to perform an inspection of the operator's house and other sections of the northbound 14th Street Bridge on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The far right lane and the right shoulder on the northbound side of the bridge will be closed. Three lanes will be open to inbound traffic, but delays are possible.

Eastern Market Project
The District plans to close 7th Street SE between North Carolina Avenue and C Street starting Monday as part of the Eastern Market Streetscape Rehabilitation Project.

During the construction, says the District Department of Transportation, it will remove the roadway in that section and upgrade it. Also DDOT will install stamped concrete at crosswalks, brick sidewalks, granite curbing and new lighting.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 6, 2009; 8:51 AM ET
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Hi Doc!

Got a question: is it illegal to text while driving? is there a law against it?

I ask because I saw an off-duty Montgomery County police officer in a cruiser texting for five minutes while driving. I called 911, provided the cruiser number, and they said they were going to "follow up." Is there a way to see if they actually did?

Posted by: hyperbanana | March 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: It's not illegal yet in Maryland -- just stupid. It's impressive that any driver would be able to continue texting for five minutes and avoid a crash. Should there be a driving award for that?

Posted by: rtthomson1 | March 6, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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