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The Week Ahead in Traffic, Transit

Here are a few things to note as you begin your travels this week.

Change in I-95 reversible lanes: Starting today, the I-95 HOV lanes will remain open to all traffic until midnight Mondays through Thursdays. Southbound drivers will get three extra hours to use the lanes, which will re-open to northbound traffic each morning at 2 a.m.

Tennis traffic: The annual Legg Mason tennis tournament is underway at the Carter Barron Center on 16th Street NW. Play starts at 4 p.m. today through Thursday. On Friday, the action begins at noon and resumes at 7 p.m. See more details in this entry.

Baseball traffic: The Nationals are home at Nationals Park from Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday through Saturday, the games start at 7:05 p.m. [Except on Thursday, as 1995hoo pointed out in the comments. On Thursday, it's a 12:35 p.m. start.] That usually means extra traffic congestion near South Capitol and M streets and on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. Also, there's crowding on Metro's Green Line and at L'Enfant Plaza and Galley Place before and after games.

Red Line: Metro says it will take a month to repair the track circuit between Fort Totten and Takoma where the crash occurred on June 22. During that time, continue to expect delays all along the line. Metro advises travelers to add a half hour to the normal trip time, but every trip can be different. Some will be normal. Others will be slow and crowded.

Dulles Rail construction: These are the weekday closings.
-- The left lane of westbound Dulles Toll Road will close from the Pimmit Run bridge to the Route 123 bridge Wednesday through Friday.
-- The left lane of eastbound Dulles Toll Road will close at the Pimmit Run bridge today through Friday.
-- The right lane of westbound Leesburg Pike will close at Westpark Drive today through Friday.
-- The left lane of westbound Leesburg Pike will close at Chain Bridge Road Wednesday through Friday.
-- The left lane of eastbound Leesburg Pike will close from Gosnell to Chain Bridge roads today through Friday.
-- The right turn lane of northbound Dolley Madison Boulevard will close at Anderson Road today through Friday.
-- The frontage road along westbound Leesburg Pike will close between International and Pinnacle drives today through Friday.

Beltway HOT lane construction: These are the daytime issues.
-- Expect delays at most interchanges and some ramps and overpasses.
-- Single lanes of I-395, Leesburg Pike, Little River Turnpike and Arlington Boulevard will close today through Friday.

At night: Some lanes of the outer loop will close between I-270 and the American Legion Bridge between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight through Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 3, 2009; 6:43 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail, HOT lanes, Legg Mason tennis, delays  
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Thursday's Nationals game is at 12.35 PM.

Posted by: 1995hoo | August 3, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Thank you, 1995hoo, I added the Thursday time to the posting.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | August 3, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Dr. G.: There's a link to "Dr. Gridlock columns" under the page header, but recent columns have not been added on the linked page.

Posted by: jchapline1 | August 3, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Thank you, jchapline1. That page doesn't seem to have added any columns in a month. I promise you I've been working! There should be about eight more newspaper columns in there.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | August 3, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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