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The Week Ahead for Highways and Transit

Here are some advisories that may help your travels this week.

Wilson Bridge Project
All that work that got delayed during the storms of the past several weeks is cranking back up again. That means you'll want to avoid the Capital Beltway in the Telegraph Road area overnights this week. Lane reductions, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday, are very likely to cause traffic congestion. Crews are erecting steel girders for a new bridge over the Beltway. There's also overnight paving through Thursday on the inner loop's Thru Lanes from Route 5 in Maryland to the Wilson Bridge

HOT Lanes
It was raining on the other side of the Beltway, too, and that slowed progress on some parts of the High Occupancy Toll Lanes construction project. But drivers through Tysons now will see that the left lanes of Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) are closed in both directions near the Beltway.

Also, this week, the Oak Street Bridge will be closed for about a year. It's going to be replaced. Nighttime demolition should take about six weeks. The detour around the bridge will go to Gallows Road and Idylwood Road.

The list of HOT lanes work is huge. You can find the full extent of it at this link.

Southeast-Southwest Freeway
The District plan to begin repaving the westbound lanes of I-395 overnights this week between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. It should be done before morning rush on Thursday.

The westbound lanes will be repaved between South Capitol Street and the 14th Bridge. At least one lane of westbound traffic will be open at all times.The eastbound lanes, repaved in late April, are not affected. The repaving uses $1 million in federal stimulus money, the first such use for a D.C. transportation project.

Slowdown on Red Line
A speed restriction has been in place on Metro's Red Line between Medical Center and Bethesda. UMDTerpsGirl reported this on Friday. A section of third rail -- the power rail --needs to be replaced because of a slight deviation, so until that work could be taken care of, trains were required to slow through the area.

14th Street Bridges Project
Drivers should start to seek variable messages boards this week advising that the big resurfacing project is about to begin on the northbound span. But the actual work, which is likely to cause significant traffic delays, is not scheduled to begin until next week, the week of May 18.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 11, 2009; 6:04 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge  
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Should be noted that the "westbound" lanes of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway are signed as southbound 395.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | May 11, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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