The Weekend and Beyond
Here are some suggestions about your travels this weekend, and some other transportation issues coming up.
Yellow, Green and Orange Line riders will encounter delays this weekend, but the big hit is the switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square. From 10 p.m. today, Friday, through midnight Sunday, Yellow Line trains won't operate between Mount Vernon and Fort Totten. Switch to the Green Line. The Yellow Line will operate only between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. See the full details, and the information about the Orange Line delays,on this page at Metro's Web site.
Garage Closing at Huntington
Huntington Metrorail station garage No. 3 will be closed for maintenance this weekend. But drivers.still can park in the south and north garages. Look for the signs.
No Rest in Virginia
The commonwealth, forced to tighten its transportation budget, is considering a plan to close 25 of the 41 rest areas on its Interstate highways. Northern Virginians could lose the rest areas on I-95 in Dale City and on I-66 in Manassas.
Driving south from Washington, the first open area on I-95 would be at Fredericksburg. Traveling out I-66? Swing southbound on I-81 and hope for the best in North Carolina. If you think the state budget should find relief elsewhere, the Virginia Department of Transportation will be holding a hearing to discuss the cuts on April 1 at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Lift
On Tuesday, The Washington Regional Alcohol Program's SoberRide service will again sponsor free taxi rides to help people who have celebrated St. Patrick's Day with too much alcohol and should not drive.
From 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., drinkers 21 and older can call 800-200-TAX for a no-cost ride home (up to $50) in the District, Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and eastern Loudoun counties. Last St. Patrick's Day, WRAP says, 218 persons used SoberRide.
Braddock Road Bridge
As part of the HOT lanes project on the west side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia, the westbound Braddock Road bridge over the Beltway is being demolished. All bridge traffic has been shifted to the eastbound span.
The ramp from the inner loop has been reconfigured with a temporary traffic signal onto Braddock Road west, and the ramp from the outer loop has been reconfigured with another temporary signal for eastbound traffic.
The demolition will take about six weeks. On the Beltway below, the two right lanes on both loops will be closed week nights from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The left lanes of Arlington Boulevard in both directions under the Capital Beltway will be closed for about two more months while workers build bridge piers. The two right through-lanes will be open in each direction.
Rockville Pike Resurfacing
The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun a resurfacing project along the heavily used half-mile stretch of Rockville Pike (Route 355) between Hubbard Drive and Halpine Road in Montgomery County.
The work, scheduled to be done by late summer, involves overnight lane closures and lane shifts from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
Laurel Station Makeover
Construction fencing has gone up at the Laurel Station on MARC's Camden Line in preparation for some improvements planned for the next six months. They include a facelift for the outside of the building, a new platform on the southbound side and new walkways, ramps and lighting.
Meanwhile, there's no more ticket agent. As at some other stations, MARC has installed ticket machines that take major credit and debit cards. Cash one-way fares are sold on the trains without penalty.
Eastern Market Project
The District closed 7th Street SE between North Carolina Avenue and C Street to traffic as part of the Eastern Market Streetscape Rehabilitation Project. During the construction, the District Department of Transportation says, 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.
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