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The Week Ahead For Traffic, Transit

Does it feel like fall yet on your commute? At this point, commuting has rebuilt to normal levels while we're still in the midst of many road and rail construction projects. Here's a look at what to expect this week. Let me know if you're encountering commuting challenges I haven't listed here.

Dulles Rail Project
These are the daytime lane closings scheduled for Monday through Friday this week.
-- The left lanes in both directions of Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will close between I-66 and Margarity Road Monday-Friday.
-- The right lane of westbound Leesburg Pike (Route 7) will close at Westpark Drive Wednesday-Friday.
-- A single lane of Leesburg Pike will close from Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) to Marshall's Drive on Monday.
-- The right turn lane of northbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) north will close at Anderson Road Monday-Friday.
-- The service road along eastbound Leesburg Pike will close from Spring Hill Road to Gosnell Road Monday-Friday.

HOT Lanes
Drivers along the outer loop of the Capital Beltway at Interstate 66 should expect lane closures, delays and detours overnights Mondays through Thursdays while steel beams are lifted for a new bridge over the Beltway that will be used by the High Occupancy Toll lanes. Also, the ramp from I-66 west to the outer loop is scheduled to close overnights starting Monday night and traffic will be detoured. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Some ramps to and from the Capital Beltway and Route 50 will close weekdays this week: Exit 50A, the ramp from the Inner Loop to westbound Route 50, and Exit 52B, the ramp from the Beltway's outer loop to eastbound Route 50, will close.

Metrorail Night Delays
Metro is preparing for a switch replacement project at L'Enfant Plaza on Columbus Day weekend. This will affect late night travel on the Green and Yellow lines starting this week.

Green Line trains will share a track between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square and Yellow Line trains will share a track between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square from 9:30 p.m. to the midnight closing through Thursday.

At those times, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only, so riders traveling north of Mount Vernon Square will need to switch to the Green Line in the direction of Greenbelt.

Repaving on Old Georgetown Road
A resurfacing project is getting under way along nearly a mile of Old Georgetown Road between Center Drive and North Brook Lane, near Suburban Hospital. The work, which should wrap up in the spring, includes upgrades to the sidewalks, installing or replacing the traffic loop detectors and improvements to the traffic signals at Lincoln Street, McKinley Street and Huntington Parkway.

Drivers should watch for single lane closings between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays and double lane closings through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Lane Closings in Anacostia
The District has plans for several streetcar lines, but the first one scheduled to operate is under construction in Anacostia. The target date is late 2012. The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to start installing tracks at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Capitol Street and Firth Sterling Avenue. The intersection work is scheduled to be done on Sept. 30, though work on Firth Sterling and South Capitol will continue into December.

Traffic through the intersection on South Capitol Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The department predicts this will cause travel delays of five to 10 minutes ad suggests drivers consider alternative routes. Here are some possibilities: Interstate 295 North to Suitland Parkway to South Capitol Street, Malcolm X Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to W Street to 13th Street to I-295 North, South Capitol Street to Suitland Parkway to I-295 South, or I-295 to the 11th Street Bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to South Capitol Street.

Turns from northbound South Capitol Street to Firth Sterling Avenue and Defense Boulevard will be prohibited.

Games Ahead
The Redskins will play at 1 p.m. Sunday in FedEx Field, generating extra traffic along the Capital Beltway, Central Avenue, Route 50 and Landover Road, as well as extra ridership on the Blue and Orange lines.

The Nationals and D.C. United are out of town.

Road Essentials:  Incident Map  |  Traffic Cams   |   Key Routes
Metro Resources:  Riding the System  |  Trip Planner   |   Map  |  Post Coverage

By Robert Thomson  |  September 14, 2009; 8:06 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Metrorail  
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So with another TWO train accidents, the Labor Day debacle, and talk of a fare increase, do you think Catoe is still doing a good job or can we talk replacement already?

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | September 14, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of any plans for Metro to stay open late for the U2 concert at FedEx field on the 29th?

Posted by: ianswank | September 16, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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