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Headaches on the Horizon

Weeknight Metro Delays
Metro's drawing closer to the major work that's scheduled over the Columbus Day weekend on the Green and Yellow lines. If you're heading out on the Metro system after 9:30 tonight, brace yourself for delays as the transit agency prepares. Plus, there is maintenance and repair work occurring on other lines. Trains in many locations will share one track:

Green and Yellow lines: In preparation for the Columbus Day weekend station closures of Waterfront-SEU and Archives Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations and the Green and Yellow lines of L'Enfant Plaza Station, Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stations, and Yellow Line trains will share one track between Pentagon City and Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stations.

Red Line passengers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time as Metro replaces rail fasteners and makes tunnel and bridge repairs;

Orange Line passengers traveling between New Carrollton and Cheverly stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time while Metro replaces rail fasteners;

Blue Line passengers traveling between Foggy Bottom-GWU and Arlington Cemetery stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time while Metro replaces rail fasteners.

Route 7 Shifts at Route 123 Overnight
Officials with the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project warn that there will be continuing lane shifts along Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) at Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) in Tysons Corner. Work is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. Drivers should be alert to changes in the area and to signage. The shifts are associated with the construction of the Tysons Central 7 Metro station and accompanying tunnel work.

14th Street Bridge Closures
The District Department of Transportation plans to do work on the 14th Street Bridge that will require temporary closures. A single lane of the northbound lanes will be closed Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to install platforms to be used to paint part of the bridge. DDOT advises motorists to stay to the right to get through the work zone.

By Michael Bolden  |  October 7, 2009; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Metro , transit  | Tags: Green Line, Metro, Transit, Yellow Line  
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Where can I find more information about the incident during yesterday evening's rush hour near E. Falls Church. 66E was backed up onto the Airport Access Highway and the connector road was backed up to the main toll booth. I've been making this commute for 11+ years and have never seen anything this bad. It was so bad I chose to bail out through Tyson's.

Posted by: rdpinva | October 8, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Man, all that work tonight is starting right about the time when the Capitals game (against the Rangers, likely a sellout crowd) is ending. I'm glad I drive to games. You'd think they could push the start of the work to half an hour or an hour later.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 8, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You know, as I reflect on these track closures, the schedule makes no sense. Tonight, with a regular-season Caps game that is likely to be sold out (or close to it), they start the track work at 21.30. Tomorrow, with a Bullets preseason game that won't come remotely close to selling out, they push the start of the work to 22.30 to allow time for people leaving the game. (Not to mention to the extent you have commuters working late, more people will work late on a Thursday night than on a Friday night.) I wonder who makes these decisions. If the DC government were in charge, then I'd say it's another example of "Screw the suburban whiteys," but it's not their call.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 8, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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