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The weekend and beyond (New Year's edition)

As the snow and freezing rain clears out this morning, don't let your guard down. The Capital Weather Gang has this prediction for tonight: Roads should not freeze in most spots in the immediate Washington area, but you may encounter a few slick spots after midnight in the outer suburbs. New Year's Day and the weekend should be much easier on travelers, but continue to drive and walk with caution when the temperatures drop at night.

Metro's hours for New Year's
New Year's Eve: Metrorail will operate on a weekday schedule, opening at 5 a.m., and staying open two hours late, closing at 2 a.m. All trains will operate with six-cars. Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule and will also operate until 2 a.m. to make sure rail and bus passengers catch their necessary connections. MetroAccess will operate normally.

New Year's Day: Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at 2 a.m. All trains will operate with six cars. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess will operate normally.

D.C. Circulator holiday plan
Additional night service will be provided on New Year's Eve on the Georgetown-Union Station route and the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro route. Both routes will operate on a weekend schedule:

Georgetown - Union Station
Extended Night Service between Whitehaven and 17th and K streets NW from 9 pm to 2 am.

Woodley Park - Adams Morgan - McPherson Metro
Extended Service, from 7 am to 3:30 am.

New Year's Day
The Circulator will operate on its regular Friday schedule on Jan. 1.

SoberRide New Year's
If you find you've celebrated too much on New Year's Eve, take advantage of this free-ride home program offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and many of the region's taxi companies: SoberRide will be operating from 10 p.m. Thursday, New Year's Eve, through 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

Washington-metropolitan area residents can call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 800-200-TAXI to get a safe way home. There's no cost to the passenger, up to a $50 fare. Last New Year's Eve, 468 people took advantage of the service.

Weekend track work
There is none this weekend. Metro's weekend track work program will resume next weekend, Jan. 8-10, on the Red and Blue lines.

Fixing NY Avenue
Preliminary construction has begun on the New York Avenue Bridge over the railroad tracks. Workers will be demolishing and removing the center median of the bridge. Temporary lane closings will be necessary.

During off-peak hours, two lanes rather than the usual three will be available for inbound and outbound New York Avenue traffic, between Florida Avenue and Penn Street NE. During the morning and evening rush hours, all of the travel lanes will be open for traffic in both directions.

Bridge ramps to be demolished
A message board on I-395 got the attention of at least a few drivers this week when it warned them that the Southeast-Southwest Freeway would be closing on or about Jan. 9.

Not quite: The District Department of Transportation will be demolishing two little-used ramps from the 11th Street Bridge in the direction of Barney Circle. What the sign should say is that there will be temporary lane closures on the freeway. The entire freeway will not be closed.

Pennsylvania Ave. project starting
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin construction on the Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets project Monday. The reconstruction work will occur along two miles between 27th Street and Southern Avenue.

The first five months of the project will require only temporary, single-lane closures. The work hours during this phase will be 9:30 am. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. After that, the project will need to close some lanes around the clock.

Dulles Toll Road
On New Year's Day, rates on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the main toll plaza and 25 cents at the ramps. That means drivers will pay $1 at the main plaza and 75 cents at the ramps. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which controls the highway and is building the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Dulles International Airport, approved the increase last month as part of the funding plan for the toll road and the rail line.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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