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The week ahead for traffic and transit

Watch for these potential delays during the rest of the week.

Chain Bridge closing this weekend
The weekend snow led to postponement of the first of two planned weekend closings of Chain Bridge.

So here's the new schedule, weather permitting. Chain Bridge will be closed:
-- From 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
-- From 8 p.m. Feb. 12 to 5 a.m. Feb. 15.

I-66 ramp fix rescheduled
Cold and wet weather last week forced the Virginia Department of Transportation to postpone its plan to reconfigure the ramps that lead from eastbound Interstate 66 to the inner loop of the Beltway.

The overnight work -- which should ease a major chokepoint for commuters -- is now scheduled for Tuesday night through Friday morning. See previous posting for details.

Overnight work on Anacostia Freeway
As part of the 11th Street Bridge Project, the District Department of Transportation is scheduled to do overnight work this coming week that will require closing one direction of the Anacostia Freeway (DC-295/I-295) at a time on successive nights this week.

On Wednesday, from midnight to 5 a.m., the entire southbound freeway between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road will be closed for 40-minute intervals. The right lane will be closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Thursday from midnight to 5 a.m., the entire northbound freeway between the 11th Street bridges and Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed to traffic for 40-minute intervals. In addition, the right lane will be closed starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Eastern Avenue bridge over Kenilworth Avenue
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to close the old bridge over Kenilworth Avenue NE (DC-295) on Monday for complete reconstruction. Highway drivers notice the dings in the underside of the bridge where trucks have hit it. The new bridge will have higher clearances. The bridge closing will last through mid-October. See more details and a map in this posting.

Silver Spring traffic signals
Maryland's State Highway Administration plans to start a $1 million reconstruction of the traffic signals along Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring this week.

The program, scheduled for completion in summer 2011, will upgrade signals between East West Highway and Wayne Avenue. In addition to rebuilding the signals and installing pedestrian countdowns, the work includes upgrading the sidewalk ramps and the nearby street lighting.

During the reconstruction, drivers will encounter daytime, single-lane closures on weekdays during off-peak hours. (Some of these intersections are major commuter routes, with lots of rush-hour congestion.) Daytime lane closures are also possible on weekends.

Colesville Road lane closing
Near the Metro station in downtown Silver Spring, one lane of Colesville Road between Wayne Avenue and East West Highway is scheduled to be closed weekdays at midday off-peak hours.

Dolley Madison ramp
Construction will close the exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Connector Road onto Dolley Madison Boulevard overnight this week.

The ramp will be closed from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for five days beginning Monday. The closing is required to allow construction of one of the many piers that will support the elevated tracks. Drivers will be directed to use the exit ramp to southbound Route 123, and to use the traffic signal to access the northbound lanes.

Beltway ramp closing
Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the Braddock Road (Route 620) eastbound exit ramp to I-495 south until 5 a.m. Monday. A detour will be in effect.

Braddock Road motorists may encounter delays approaching the Beltway, especially during peak travel times. This work is part of the Beltway HOT Lanes project.

Route 301/214 bridge project
Single lane closings are scheduled for the Route 301 bridge over Route 214 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. weekdays. At all hours, drivers encounter lane shifts.

University Boulevard lanes
Look for single lane closures on University Boulevard (Route 193) between Veirs Mill Road (Route 586) and Arcola Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 1, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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