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The Week Ahead For Washington Travelers

As your local travels start this week, watch for these events.

Benning Road Paving Today
It's slow going -- slower than usual -- on Benning Road NE today in the westbound direction between 21st Street and Oklahoma Avenue. The District is paving the curb lane from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane. Don't use the road if you can possibly avoid it. The three bus stops in that zone will be in operation except when the paving operation is right at the bus stop.

Red Line Repairs
That slowdown on the Red Line just south of Takoma should be gone now, following weekend work to repair a drainage problem that had softened the ground beneath the tracks in that area.

Caps Play Tuesday
Those pesky Capitals have come back to create a transportation issue for Tuesday night. They'll be playing game 7 against the Rangers at Verizon Center, and there's always crowding down below at the Gallery Place Metro Station. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Fans tend to find the most crowding at the entrance on 7th and F streets NW. Metro recommends using the entrances at 9th and G streets NW or at 7th and H streets NW to avoid the biggest crowds. Or take a short walk east to the Red Line's Judiciary Square Station at 5th and F streets NW.

Route 123 Lane Closing This Week
The northbound left lane near the Capital Beltway in Tysons Corner is scheduled to close early this week. The left lane on the southbound side already is closed. A pier is going to be built in the median to support two new lanes on the outer loop side of the Beltway above. This work, part of the HOT lanes project, will continue into November, take the holiday shopping season off, then resume in January. This is likely to be the biggest traffic impact to date of the HOT lanes construction.

Nats Return Thursday Night
It's a 7:05 p.m. game at Nationals Park. The team will stay in town through next Tuesday, May 5, when they'll play one of their few day games on a weekday. That's a 12:35 p.m. start.

Travel to and from the stadium at South Capitol Street on the Anacostia Waterfront has been pretty easy this year. Navy Yard Station on the Green Line has been handling the crowds well. One issue that comes up with the day games on weekdays is that it's difficult for fans to park at the outer Metro stations. Many of them are full of commuters by the time the fans arrive. The Nats are selling parking passes online for individual games. There's also the Nats Express, the free shuttle from the free parking at RFK Stadium.

HOT Lanes Closures
The biggest of the big projects in Northern Virginia is the HOT lanes construction along the western side of the Beltway. Drivers can bookmark this link to stay in touch with the daily schedule of lane closures.

Drivers and riders, have I missed anything the group should know about?

By Robert Thomson  |  April 27, 2009; 8:55 AM ET
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I'm more than happy to put up with some congestion for the Caps, the greatest thing to happen to this city since Jack Kent Cooke's Washington Redskins.


Posted by: dj1123 | April 28, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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