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The week ahead for traffic and transit

Some thing to look forward to this week.

Changes in Tysons
Beginning today, the service road of eastbound Route 7 between Pike 7 Plaza and the Koons GM car dealership will start to close permanently. Crews working on the Metrorail extension are closing portions of the service road one at a time until this entire stretch is gone.

Tysons commuter bus
It looks better and better all the time. This is the first day for the new express service from Woodbridge, making 15 stops in Tysons Corner. Read more details here.

Powder Mill Road project
Work is scheduled to begin this week on a $1.2 million road widening project along a half mile of Route 212 (Powder Mill Road) between Evans Trail Way/Allview Drive and Beltsville Drive in Beltsville. This should be done by next summer. During construction, the State Highway Administration will close single lanes on Powder Mill on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Metro weeknight delays
Riders should add at least 20 minutes to a half an hour onto normal trip times Sundays through Thursdays between 9:30 p.m. and the midnight closing on the Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow lines.

Red Line: Between Medical Center and Grosvenor, add at least 20 minutes.
Blue Line: Between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road, add at least half an hour.
Yellow Line: Between Huntington and Braddock Road, add at least half an hour.

Rail work near Wiehle
Construction of caissons in the median of the Dulles Access Highway is scheduled to begin today. The left lane of the eastbound highway will be closed between Wiehle Avenue and Hunter Mill Road.

Other rail work
Also as part of the Metrorail construction, the left lane of the Dulles Connector Road will be closed today and Tuesday between Magarity Road and Route 123 after the split so workers can deliver material to the area.

The northbound lane of Old Chain Bridge Road between Seneca Avenue and
Hallcrest Drive will be closed so crews can work on piers for the rail line near the area. Traffic will be reduced to one lane.

Beltway at I-66
VDOT will close the Capital Beltway outer loop lanes at I-66 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Thursday while crews install steel beams for a new bridge at I-66 East over the Beltway.

Weekend on the Beltway
From Friday night through early Monday morning, VDOT will close the ramp from eastbound Braddock Road to I-495 south to install a water line. This is part of the HOT lanes project. Drivers should anticipate long delays nearing the Braddock Road/I-495 interchange.

The ramp is scheduled to close at 9:30 p.m. Friday and reopen before the Monday morning rush. Drivers will be directed to stay on eastbound Braddock Road and exit toward northbound I-495, then stay in the exit lane to westbound Braddock Road, to the southbound I-495 south exit.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Week Ahead  
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Wondering what recently happened on the south lane of the Frederick Douglass bridge - there is extensive damage to the ironwork and jersey barrier which impedes if not blocks passage for the bike/pedestrian walk. Will DDOT close this, and if so, how long will it take before it is re-opened? For those of us who use these bike/ped lanes to commute, it's a serious impediment

Posted by: usmcmarathonman | November 9, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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