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The week ahead in traffic and transit

Welcome back. Road work resumes today in all our Washington area jurisdictions. Some need to play catch-up because work was delayed by last week's heavy rains.

Dulles Metro construction
Still a lot of work on the Dulles Metrorail extension. Some work along Route 123 in Tysons Corner had to be rescheduled because of the heavy rains.

All this week, the right‐turn lane of southbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) to Capital One Drive will be closed so crews can remove poles in the adjacent work area. Right turns to Capital One Drive will be allowed from the right through lane.

A short stretch of the southbound right lane of Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) will be closed between the Capital Beltway ramps.

Crews will continue the utility relocations along the entire stretch of the Frontage Road that runs adjacent to southbound Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) then curves around to westbound Leesburg Pike (Route 7). Watch for intermittent closures of Frontage Road throughout the week.

Eastbound Route 267: On Tuesday night, the left lane on the Dulles Connector Road just before the Old Chain Bridge Road overpass will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, a crane can be moved.

Dulles Connector Road/I‐66 Flyover Lane: The right through lane of the eastbound Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) flyover to eastbound I‐66 will close for barrier placement between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The left lane will remain open for through traffic.

Fix at Farragut North
Metrorail riders at one of the system's oldest stations, the Red Line's Farragut North, will see a work zone along the platform near the L Street/Connecticut Avenue side. Maintenance crews are fixing part of the concrete ceiling, which was deteriorating.

"We do not yet know if that repair work will be able to be completed when our system is closed at nights or whether we may need to temporarily close the tracks to make repairs," said Deputy General Manager Gerald Francis. "Our engineering group must thoroughly evaluate the condition of the deterioration of the concrete."

A routine inspection on Tuesday revealed a 15-foot by 4-foot crack in the ceiling above the platform. Further checking uncovered other smaller cracks, one of them over the tracks. The inspectors also found that moisture was seeping into the cement ceiling. They don't know the source, although there is a 27-inch sewer pipe above this area.

National Tree lighting
The National Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the northeast quadrant of the Ellipse, south of the White House. Many people really enjoy this
moment, but many commuters absolutely hate it because it disrupts traffic for hours in downtown Washington.

Regular daytime parking won't be allowed on the curb lanes of Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th streets NW, both sides of 15th Street between Constitution
and New York avenues and both sides of 17th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues.

Stanton Road paving
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to mill and repave Stanton Road SE from Suitland Parkway to Alabama Avenue. The work should begin today and take six days to complete.

Stanton Road from the Suitland Parkway to Bruce Place will be open to southbound vehicular traffic only. Northbound traffic will be diverted to Alabama Avenue, west on Irving Street, then on to Suitland Parkway. Motorists can then return to Stanton Road by making a right turn. The detour is about 1.5 miles and should take 10 to 15 minutes.

Drivers traveling eastbound on Suitland Parkway will find the ramp to Stanton Road closed. They should continue on Suitland Parkway and take the Alabama Avenue exit. At the light, they will make a left onto Alabama Avenue and continue onto Stanton Road. This detour also is about 1.5 miles and should take 5 to 10 minutes.

Metrobus detours
The Stanton Road project will lead to detours on Metrobus Routes 93 and 94 on their northbound trips. The W6 will return to the Anacostia Metrorail station at Suitland Parkway and not serve the Jasper Road loop. This service will be covered by the W8 route with additional service as needed, Metro says.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Week Ahead  
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