The Week Ahead in Traffic, Transit
This should be a relatively quiet week for the Washington region's drivers and transit users -- because so many of their commuting colleagues are on vacation. But there are a couple of hot spots.
Watch for Tysons Detour
This is the first morning that many commuters will find the ramp from the Beltway to Route 123 northbound (toward McLean) closed for the HOT lane construction project. The closing is scheduled to last through September.
The detour route posted by the Virginia Department of Transportation will get southbound drivers off the Beltway before they get to the Route 123 junction. They will use exit 45B for the Dulles Access Road, stay to the left and get onto the access road very briefly before taking exit 19B to Route 123 north toward McLean or exit 19A to go south toward Tysons. Drivers already on the access road would use those same exits to reach Route 123 rather than get on the Beltway and head south to the now-closed exit.
Couple of related points: Drivers following the detour route are not getting themselves into a tolled zone or an HOV zone. Also, at Route 123, the rest of the Beltway interchange is still open. It's just the one ramp that's closed.
Tysons Metrorail Work
The median of Route 7 at Marshall's Drive is now closed permanently. No left turns from Route 7 to Marshall's Drive or Frontage Road. Also, watch for detour signs at Route 123 south to Route 7 east. No left turns from the Route 123 south ramp to Route 7 east. Use International Drive.
Every night this month starting at 10 p.m., Red Line trains will share the same track between Fort Totten and Takoma stations, because of the track circuit repairs to fix the problem involved in the June 22 train crash. Metro continues to recommend adding at least a half hour to normal travel times on the Red Line.
Red Line trips can be slower than normal at any time of day because the trains continue to go one at a time through the Takoma-Fort Totten zone where the crash occurred. That can backup trains all along the line.
Sundays through Thursdays this month, starting at 10 p.m., there will be no Blue Line service between Rosslyn and King Street. Yellow Line trains will share the same track between Braddock Road and L'Enfant Plaza. Metro recommends adding at least 45 minutes to normal trip times through the area.
There will be baseball at Nationals Park at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, so watch for traffic congestion around M and South Capitol streets. Also, the Green Line and the transfer stations at L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place also are likely to have some extra crowding. There's a game Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
RFK Game Saturday
D.C. United will be playing the Los Angeles Galaxy at RFK at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Orange and Blue lines take fans to Stadium-Armory Station.
August 17, 2009; 6:51 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Metrorail delays, Red Line crash, Tysons
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