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The week ahead for traffic, transit

There are some new traffic patterns at busy spots, as well as some new advisories about road work.

I-66 Overnight
The left lane of I-66 will be closed in each direction for up to four nights this week from just east of the Great Falls Street overpass to the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) flyover. Crews working on the Dulles Rail project have begun clearing trees in the median between the roadway and the Orange Line tracks, but last week's rain slowed them down. The work is scheduled for midnight to 5 a.m.

Construction Trucks on I-66
You may see construction trucks for the Dulles Rail project on I-66, including the stretch between the Beltway and Route 29 (Lee Highway).

Dulles Toll Road Work
Construction crews on the Dulles Rail project will close the right lanes of three short segments of the Dulles Toll Road. The closures will be located between Hunter Mill Road and Wiehle Avenue in both directions, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day except Friday, when work stops at noon.

Other Lane Closings
Drivers exiting the westbound Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) onto southbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) should expect to make an immediate merge with Route 123 traffic.The two right lanes of Route 123 including the entrance/exit lane will be closed for crews to clear a work area. Then, for about two months, the far right lane on Route 123 will be closed for about two months for construction of a pier for the rail bridge.

Duke Street Ramp
Motorists should find they have a smoother transition from Duke Street (Route 236) to northbound I-395 in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation has finished rebuilding the ramp, more than two months ahead of schedule. Barriers restricting bus and truck traffic on the ramp have been removed. The ramp had been narrowed since September 2008.

New Pattern on Route 28
Part of the new interchange at Route 28/Frying Pan Road is open. Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 28 reaches eastbound Frying Pan Road by new ramps. Westbound Frying Pan Road traffic will continue to use the traffic signal to reach both directions of Route 28. The whole thing is scheduled to be done later this fall.

9th Street Bridge Reopens
The bridge in the L'Enfant Plaza area is open to traffic after a year-long reconstruction. One ramp will be closed for several more weeks. It's the ramp from the 9th Street Tunnel to the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

Beltway Closing
Update: Monday night work postponed.]
The Beltway's inner loop will be closed overnight Tuesday and Wednesday about a quarter mile before and after Gallows Road (Exit 51). Meanwhile, the three left lanes on the outer loop will be closed during the same hours.

Workers will be lifting steel beams into place for a new bridge at Gallows Road. This is part of the HOT lanes project.

The inner loop lane closings will start at 9:30 p.m. each night. All lanes will shut from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: From the inner loop, up the Gallows Road exit ramp through the traffic signal at the top of the ramp and back to the Beltway.

Late Night Metrorail Maintenance
It affects the Red and Blue lines this week. Red Line riders between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 9:30 p.m., through the midnight closing each night through Thursday. Blue Line riders between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery should add at least a half hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m., through the midnight close each evening through Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 19, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Week Ahead  
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