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The Weekend and Beyond

As the summer winds down (yes, kids, we know it's already over for some of you!), this weekend and the week that follow will provide a few traffic and transit wrinkles. The Redskins are playing Friday night at Fed-Ex stadium, which means congestion on the Beltway, Largo-Landover Road, Central Avenue and the roads immediately around the stadium.

Saturday afternoon the body of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be flown into Andrews Air force Base and taken by motorcade for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. The motorcade is scheduled to depart Andrews at 4 p.m., head over to the east plaza of the U.S. Capitol for a brief prayer and then proceed to Arlington down Constitution Avenue for the 5:30 p.m. burial service. Expect traffic delays in the vicinity of Andrews, on the Beltway, in Capitol Hill and on all streets that cross the National Mall.

Elsewhere, Red, Orange and Green Line riders should add 30 minutes of time this weekend as track work will require that inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least 30 minutes of time to their trips.

The week leading up to Labor Day weekend will see a number of lane closures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. One lane of the westbound span will close Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. One lane of the westbound span will close Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights beginning at 9 p.m., followed by a second lane at 9:30 p.m. and complete closure at 10 p.m. Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the westbound closure. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m.

The left lane of the eastbound span will close Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight for parapet repairs. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span. The eastbound span will close Monday morning from 12:01 to 5 a.m. for parapet repairs. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

This will be a busy week for Maryland's highway workers. There will be lane closures overnight on the Beltway between the American Legion Bridge and I-270, Monday through Friday.

There will be single lane closures northbound on U.S. 29 near Briggs Chaney Road, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Expect lane closures between MD 355 and MD 121 and Clarksburg Road all week long between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In Virginia, work continues on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

Along the one-mile section of Route 7 from the Dulles Toll Road east to Route 123, this fall drivers can expect:

- Lane shifts along the eastbound lanes of Route 7 in a few locations. These are necessary to make room for construction of the two Metro stations that will be built in the median of Route 7.

- Mid-block left turns along Route 7 will be eliminated. Left turns and U-turns will be allowed at signalized intersections.

- The service roads along Route 7 will close permanently by the end of the year. Access to all businesses will remain open.

Left-turns into and out of the Tysons Square (Marshall's) Shopping Center are no longer permitted, as a Metro station will be built in that portion of the median. Also, no left turns are permitted from Frontage Road (across from Tysons Square Shopping Center) on to Route 7.

The ramp that connects southbound Route 123 to Route 7 is open to westbound Route 7 traffic only. Traffic is only allowed to turn right at this intersection. This new pattern will be in effect for approximately three years. Traffic may not access eastbound Route 7 from the ramp. All drivers wishing to travel eastbound on Route 7 can access Route 7 by turning left from southbound Route 123 on to southbound International Drive.

Weather permitting the following lane closures are scheduled:

Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) East Night Work
When: Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 30 -- Sept. 3, 11:30 to 5 a.m.

Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) east, ramp to Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) north. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31 -- Sept. 1, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Right lane and right turn lane closed on Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) north, from Colshire Drive to just south of the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) from Aug. 31 -- Sept. 2, 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Right lane closed on Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) north, from Anderson Road to the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) from Sunday, Aug. 30, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Right turn lane closed on Tysons Boulevard east, at Galleria Drive on Sunday, Aug. 30, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Right most left turn lane closed on Galleria Drive east, just east of Tysons Boulevard from Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 30 -- Sept. 3, 11:30 to 5 a.m.

In addition, closures will continue in several sections of the service roads along Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and the Dulles Toll Road.

There also will be occasional lane closures along the Dulles International Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road.

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , highways , transit  
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Ugh any way you can add subheadings or break up the separate sections of this post? This big block of text is almost impossible to read!

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | August 28, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

For those folks up in MD - two things are happening in College Park this weekend. One is UMD Move-In. This will have Route 1 pretty well tied up south of the Beltway. The other is the College Park Airport Airshow. It's the 100th anniversary of the airport, and they are expecting around 10,000 people, last I heard. People going there should take Kenilworth Avenue to Paint Branch Parkway or River Road for parking. It should be well marked.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | August 28, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to second UMDTerpsGirl's comment. Its not impossible for me to read but sub headings or dividers or extra line breaks would do wonders for postings like this.

Posted by: KilmarockCommuter | August 31, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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