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The Weekend and Beyond

The Capital Weather Gang says it will be a decent weekend for traveling around the Washington area. Here's some advice for the weekend and the near future.

Metrorail Delays
Orange Line: Add at least a half hour to a normal trip time between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly this weekend. Crews will be working on the tracks outside Cheverly and will be doing maintenance on the rail bridge outside Minnesota Avenue. Trains in both directions will share a track around the work zones until the midnight closing on Sunday.

Telegraph Road Interchange
While Capital Beltway drivers continue to struggle with the construction bottleneck at Telegraph Road, there are signs of progress this weekend on this last part of the Wilson Bridge Project. The interchange will have two new ramps from the outer loop that should smooth travel for many of the 46,000 motorists who use the area each day.

The elevated ramps will take drivers over Telegraph Road to eastbound Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway, without stopping for a traffic signal. Also, those heading south on Telegraph Road to Huntington Avenue can use a ramp, rather than waiting in a turn lane to make a left at a signal light.

But the openings this weekend will be accompanied by some temporary Beltway lane and ramp closures through 5 a.m. Monday. Traffic delays are likely. See full details here.

Wilson Bridge Path
Cyclists and walkers in the bridge area also have something to look forward to this coming week. The 12-foot-wide pathway on the north side of the Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open after 1 p.m. next Saturday, June 6. See more details here.

You can sign up to be part of a "community convoy" of bikes across the bridge right after the 1 p.m. opening. Register on the Web site of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

14th Street Bridge
The going gets tough starting Monday morning. The District Department of Transportation says northbound drivers in the regular lanes should expect substantial delays, because of a new traffic pattern.

The four lanes of the northbound bridge will be narrowed and shifted to the left. The shoulders will be gone. The speed limit will be dropped to 35 mph through the bridge work zone.

Look here to see our resources page about the project. And stick with us on Get There and our Twitter page over the next couple of weeks as this project really gets going. We'll keep you posted on the impact and talk about alternatives to the bridge.

GW Parkway Construction
Road work is scheduled to begin this coming week on the northbound side of the George Washington Parkway, near the Spout Run Parkway split. Look for lane closings between 9:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. weekdays. There may be work on weekends, too. During construction, one lane in each direction will always be open.

The project, scheduled to be done by late summer, will secure the slope on the left side of the northbound lanes. Workers also will repair the Spout Run Bridge and culvert.

Va. Beltway Lane Closings
There are so many moving parts to the HOT lanes project on the Beltway in Virginia each week, that I dispair of showing you all of them. But I picked out one that seems likely to be a big deal. It's the multiple overnight lane closures coming up Monday through Wednesday in Tysons.

A 52-ton sign above above the Beltway between Leesburg Pike and Chain Bridge Road will be removed and this will involve detours. On Monday, the northbound side will have three lanes closed, and the ramp from Leesburg Pike to the northbound side also will be closed. Westbound Leesburg Pike traffic heading to the northbound Beltway will be detoured to Chain Bridge Road.

On Tuesday, three lanes will be closed on the southbound side. On Wednesday, three lanes will be closed in both directions. Westbound Leesburg Pike traffic heading toward the northbound lanes will be detoured to Chain Bridge Road. Both directions of the Beltway will be closed simultaneously for about 15 minutes.

The work hours each night are 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Look here to see a map of the detour.

Gallows Road Ramp
This is another HOT lanes thing. At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Gallows Road ramp from the Beltway's inner loop will be reconfigured from a single left-turn lane and a shared left turn and right turn lane to single turn lanes in each direction. It will stay that way for a year to 18 months. As an alternative, drivers could use the next exit, the one to Arlington Boulevard westbound, to reach Gallows Road.

This lane shifting is part of the construction of a wider Gallows Road Bridge to accommodate the HOT lanes.

Virginia Megaprojects
There's so much going on in Northern Virginia during this big construction season that many of you will find it useful to check the Virginia Department of Transportation's Megaprojects site for updates on lane closings along the Beltway, in Tysons and on I-95. Here's the link to the main page.

New Wheaton Kiss & Ride
The new, long-awaited Kiss & Ride parking area at the Wheaton Metrorail station opens on Monday. The old one was displaced by construction of the MetroPointe apartment complex, and many people told me they were unhappy with the temporary location.

The new one -- available for pickups and dropoffs, short-term parking, shuttles and taxis -- is on two levels under MetroPointe at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive. There's an entrance on Reedie Drive.

Damascus Road/Georgia Avenue
The Maryland State Highway Administration is working on an intersection improvement, to be completed by the early fall. Southbound Damascus Road will be widened for a bit less than a quarter mile approaching Georgia Avenue to create a left-turn-only lane. Watch for single lane closings on Damascus Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 29, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
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At the Wheaton Metro, I am puzzled as to why there is no entrance from westbound Reedie Drive. The median blocks access, so only traffic turning off of Georgia Avenue, or coming from the Wheaton Triangle can get to it. No one from Amherst Ave. and points east can get there without using Georgia.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | May 29, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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