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The weekend and beyond

Heavy rain Sunday, not much in the way of construction or events to slow your weekend travels. But there are some new concerns for coming weeks.

Potential flooding
The Capital Weather Gang warns that flash flood watches have been posted as rainfall totals in excess of two inches are possible Sunday night and Monday morning.

Metro night work
Red Line: Riders between the Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to the midnight close.
Blue Line: Riders between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road should add at least half an hour to their travel time Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to the midnight close.
Blue and Orange lines: Riders between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon (Orange Line) and Arlington Cemetery (Blue Line) should add at least half an hour to their travel time Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to the midnight close.

Nice Bridge inspection
One lane of the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) is scheduled to close temporarily. Traffic will alternate in the open lane during the closures. Dates and times: Mondays through Thursdays from about 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work may continue for about eight weeks.

Metrorail construction in Tysons
Drivers in Tysons Corner should look for lane shifts and changing traffic patterns along Route 7 and Route 123

On Route 123
-- Lane closings weeknights on northbound and southbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and the Capital Beltway to install a new gas line,
-- Nighttime detours for traffic entering and exiting the Capital One complex, and the closing of one turn lane from Old Meadow Road onto Route 123 toward Tysons Corner Center.

On Route 7
-- Service road sections will continue to close permanently.
-- Additional mid-block left turns will be eliminated.
-- Traffic patterns on eastbound Route 7 between Route 123 and Gosnell Road will shift to make room for tunnel and station construction.
-- Retaining walls will continue to be built along the south side of the service roads along eastbound Route 7. Workers must build up sections of those service roads to the same elevations as Route 7.
-- Along Frontage Road, occasional nighttime detours and traffic pattern changes will continue.

Chain Bridge closing 2 weekends
The District Department of Transportation will completely shut Chain Bridge on two weekends for work on the bridge deck and approaches. The bridge will close at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1. It will close again the following weekend, from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

Presidents' Day weekend on Metro
From 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, through the midnight closing of Metrorail on Monday, Feb. 15, Rosslyn Station on the Blue and Orange lines and Arlington Cemetery Station on the Blue Line will be closed for a major track rehabilitation project. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.

Rest areas reopening
Four of the closed Virginia highway rest stops will reopen by Feb. 17. Eight more will be reopened by March 17, and the final seven by April 17.

These are the 19 scheduled to reopen: I-81 North Rural Retreat, I-81 South Smyth, I-81 North Radford, I-81 South Troutville, I-81 North Mt. Sidney, I-81 South Mt. Sidney, I-81 South New Market, I-95 North Ladysmith, I-95 South Ladysmith, I-95 North Dale City (cars), I-95 South Dale City (cars), I-66 East Manassas, I-64 East Goochland, I-64 West Goochland, I-85 North Dinwiddie, I-85 South Dinwiddie, I-85 North Alberta, I-85 South Alberta, I-66 West Manassas Welcome Center.

Metro hearing on fares, service
The Metro board of directors will hold a hearing starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the options it is considering to balance the current budget. The options include a fare surcharge of up to 10 cents, service cuts and transfers of money from the budget for maintenance and equipment. The hearing will be held in Metro's headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW, in the District.

I'll discuss the options on the Commuter page in this Sunday's Post. Thanks for all of your comments on this situation. Keep 'em coming. My e-mail is drgridlock@washpost.com. And join me for our regular Monday chat. Here's the link.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 22, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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