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The Week Ahead in Traffic, Transit

As we move into fall this week, there's less light to commute by. Keep a sharp eye out for your fellow commuters, whether they're in vehicles on bikes or on foot. And here's my weekly list of other things to worry about on the roads and rails.

I-66 Merge at Beltway
This looks like the big one. The morning rush on I-66 isn't much of a rush under the best of circumstances, but last week's change in the traffic pattern slowed eastbound travel even more, drivers said.

The HOV exit lane and the regular lane now merge into one lane on the ramp to the Beltway's inner loop. Over the weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation made some adjustments to try to ease the traffic flow. So this morning, drivers should find new yield signs on the ramp and a re-striping of the pavement where the lanes merge. The merge is switched from last week so that the lighter HOV traffic will now yield to the heavier traffic in the regular lane. Also, message signs on I-66 will alert HOV traffic heading to Tysons Corner that continuing east on I-66 to Route 7 is an alternative.

I'll go out and share that pain with you, but I'd like to hear from drivers about their experiences with the new merge. Comment below, or send an e-mail to (Include your full name and home community, and I'll run some in my column.)

Landover Interchange
The Arena Drive/Capital Beltway interchange is now open full time. Most drivers experience this project during their encounters with the collector-distributor lanes in the Landover Road-Arena Drive-Central Avenue zone on the Beltway.

Don't be fooled by the solid white line that separates three through lanes to the left from the collector-distributor lanes to the right. Even if you're on the collector-distributor side, you can still continue through on the Beltway. Don't swerve left thinking that's your only option.

Red Line
It's pretty much back to normal, the Metro has not announced completion of the circuit replacement project between Fort Totten and Takoma.

New on Rockville Pike
All traffic on the pike now is using the new bridge at Montrose/Randolph Road that is part of the interchange project there. The detour that began last year is done.

I-95 Widening
During the next few weeks, there will be multiple lane closings at night on Interstate 95 in as the Virginia Department of Transportation adds the fourth lane in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Green-Yellow Line Delays
In preparation for the Columbus Day weekend station switch replacement project on the Green and Yellow lines, Green Line trains will share one track between the Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square, and Yellow Line trains will share one track between the Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square from 9:30 tonight to the midnight closing.

Vermont Avenue Closure
The new farmers market north of the White House will shut Vermont Avenue NW between H and I (Eye) streets from 1 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 29. Metro will reroute southbound L2 buses during these closings.

Car Free Tuesday
Tuesday is Car Free Day in the region and around the world. Transit, biking, walking and environmental groups offer plenty of ways you can mark the occasion. All involve leaving your car at home. Do you plan to take them up on it?

Beltway Closing in Tysons
Avoid the Beltway in Tysons late Friday night into Saturday morning. The Beltway will close in both directions for short times between midnight and 5 a.m. to relocate overhead power lines. This is part of the Dulles Rail project. More details here.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , transit  | Tags: Arena Drive, Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Interstate 66, Interstate 95 widening, Red Line, Rockville Pike, Tysons  
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Driving on Tuesday? Watch out for the Car-Free Enforcer.


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