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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 as early as this week with work beginning on replacement of the Beltway overpasses at Gallows Road.

This will start with the closing of the eastbound bridge and the shifting of that traffic onto what has been the westbound span. Detours will probably delay traffic for 10 to 15 minutes during rush hours.

The bridge replacement, similar to work already underway at Braddock Road and the Beltway, also involves reconfiguring the ramp from the Beltway's inner loop to Gallows Road.

New Metro Sales Office
Metro's first sales office east of the Anacostia River as opened at the Anacostia Station. Riders can use it when buying regular SmarTrip cards, Senior SmarTrip cards, student fares and Metrorail and Metrobus passes. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Route 29 Bridge
Replacement of the southbound bridge over I-70 in Howard County is scheduled to start this coming week and end by early fall. The bridge project will start with the closing of the right lane along southbound 29 between Route 99 (Old Frederick Road) and the bridge over Interstate 70. A single lane will be closed throughout the project. The workers will replace the right side of the deck first, them move to the left side during the summer. Highway officials say the bridge, which is more than 40 years old, is safe, but the concrete deck needs to be replaced.

HOV Ramp in Newington
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to complete construction on the Interstate 95 HOV ramp in Newington this month. The ramp's new, longer deceleration lane should relieve a morning chokepoint on the HOV lanes just north of the Fairfax County Parkway, VDOT says. This is part of a small project to keep traffic moving in the two HOV lanes during rush hours and isn't connected to the proposal to create High Occupancy Toll lanes or the widening of I-95.

Ride On Cuts
Even as Montgomery County is planning a round of Ride On bus service cutbacks to take effect April 5, the county has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday March 24 night on plans for more cuts in July. The hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, Terrace Level, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. These proposed cuts, part of the county's effort to close a $450 million budget gap, could affect several dozen routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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