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The Week Ahead For Highways and Transit

The weather is likely to have the most widespread impact on local travelers this shortened work week. The forecast shows stormy days, though today is probably the worst day.

But if the 14th Street Bridge rehab project gets going on schedule Wednesday, its effects may well ripple out across the region. When the District shut the Douglass Bridge on South Capitol Street for a summertime rehab, I noticed this: Despite weeks of publicity, it was obvious from the head smacking and trick driving on Suitland Parkway and I-295 that many drivers had no idea what they were getting into that first day.

It's quite likely we'll see a repeat performance among drivers who use the 14th Street Bridge. Work is scheduled to begin on the northbound span on Wednesday, though this weather could affect that.

The District Department of Transportation says that crews will spend the first three days working during off-peak hours to prepare the roadway, restripe the lanes and install barriers. That will require temporary lane closures from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

There wasn't any track work affecting the passenger lines during the holiday weekend, but the crews will be back at it on the Orange Line from Friday night through Sunday. Add at least 20 minutes to the normal time for a trip between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly from 10 p.m., Friday till the midnight closing on Sunday.

Stick with us on Get There through the week for updates on current conditions and advance looks at some of our transportation issues. You can also see us on Twitter.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 26, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving , Metro  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge  
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