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The week ahead in traffic and transit

This will be a complicated week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Look here for some advisories about local travel issues over the next three days. I'll do separate posting with Thanksgiving travel advice. (One thing to remember about traffic rules: Thursday is a holiday. Friday is not.)

Intercounty Connector
Highway crews are scheduled to shift traffic onto the rebuilt Old Columbia Pike Bridge over the Intercounty Connector route from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Construction of the overpass, which is north of Fairland Road, began last year. This is part of the Contract "C" work zone on the ICC, from just west of Route 29 to just east of I-95. The contract is 45 percent complete and scheduled to open late 2010 or early 2011.

New pattern at Montrose Parkway
Drivers coming from I-270 on Montrose Road and heading east toward Rockville Pike will encounter a new traffic pattern, because the last segment of Montrose Parkway West between East Jefferson and Old Georgetown Road is open. Motorists will be directed off to the right near Tilden Lane onto Montrose Parkway.

They now will have direct access to a new underpass beneath Rockville Pike and will emerge onto Randolph Road on the other side of the pike. Local traffic heading east on Montrose Road will be able to turn right or left onto East Jefferson Street and Rockville Pike, but will not be allowed to cross the pike to Randolph Road. Drivers on eastbound Montrose Road who want to reach Randolph Road will need to turn right on Old Georgetown Road, then make an immediate left onto the new eastbound Montrose Parkway. Traffic going north on Rockville Pike will need to use a new ramp to turn right onto Randolph Road.

Tysons shuttle
A free midday shuttle bus is starting up today in Tysons Corner. The Tysons Connector buses will run every 10 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. There are two routes (Tysons Connector 1 and 2) serving big employers and businesses along the way, as well as the Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria malls. Here's a route map.

Route 123 work in Tysons
Be very careful traveling south on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) from Monday morning through noon Wednesday. The right-turn lane to Capital One Drive will be closed so workers on the Dulles Metrorail project can remove poles in the area. Right turns to Capital One Drive will be allowed from the right through lane.

Also, the rail project announced, a short stretch of the right lane will be closed between the Capital Beltway off-ramps and on-ramps during the days. At night, there will be numerous closings near Tysons Boulevard and International Drive, because of utility work. Watch for police out directing traffic.

WASA work on Connecticut
The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will be doing some utility work this coming week that will result in temporary lane closings along Connecticut Avenue at off-peak hours, but this still could result in traffic delays. So watch for this work Monday through Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic on Connecticut will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Calvert and Cathedral streets, and there will be no on-street parking in those blocks. If it's not done during that time, the work will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Beltway lane shift
Traffic on both loops of the Capital Beltway now shifts left approaching the Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) interchange. Beltway lanes in this area will narrow so workers on the HOT lanes project can safely demolish and rebuild parts of the roadway and the bridges over Route 50. This traffic pattern will remain for 12 to 18 months.

No weekend Metro maintenance
Metro's weekend maintenance program will take next weekend off, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. So there will be no planned work on the tracks to slow down your weekend travels. Here again, remember that Friday is not a holiday. The regular fares and parking fees will be in effect.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 23, 2009; 6:13 AM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving , intercounty connector  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Week Ahead  
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