The weekend and beyond
Snow changes everything. There's little in the way of scheduled work that would delay your D.C. area travels this holiday weekend, but the big cleanup continues.
Progess was slowed somewhat on Friday because the road crews had to compete with a lot more commuters than were out earlier this week. Friday night traffic is very heavy on the main roads. Side roads also continue to present problems because the snow has hardened to the point where plows can't budge it. The road departments have been announcing that they must bring in more specialized equipment to break up these problem spots.
The District's snow emergency is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 13). After that time, drivers can park on routes marked with the red and white snow emergency signs. Also, the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission has ended its snow emergency rules for taxicab fares.
Metrorail work canceled
The one break transit riders get this weekend because of the weather is that Metro had to delay the weekend-long track project that would have shut Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations and cut both the Blue and Orange lines in two. So there is no Metrorail track work at all this weekend. (And there's no date set for the postponed work.)
Chain Bridge remains open
This is just a weekend for canceled projects. If not for the snow, drivers would have found Chain Bridge closed all weekend for painting and concrete work. But that closing was delayed for the third time and no new date has been set yet.
Beltway ramp closing
Delayed again: The closing of the Braddock Road ramp to the outer loop, a section of the HOT lanes project in Virginia that would have continued all weekend, has been postponed. They'll try again next weekend, starting Friday night, Feb. 19.
There was one cancellation this week that comes as a downer to drivers who must deal with the traffic congestion on I-66 eastbound at the Beltway inner loop. The Virginia Department of Transportation once again had to postpone the reconfiguration of the two exit ramps that get so congested. The plan is to put the HOV ramp and the general purpose ramp back the way they used to be.
There's so much snow now in that area of the HOT lanes project that VDOT isn't sure when the work will be rescheduled.
Dulles Metrorail construction
This is another big project that caught the big chill this week. Here's the plan for next week.
Presidents' Day Schedule: No lane closures from noon Friday until noon Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Tysons East station: Construction is starting on the station along the northwest side of Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) between Scotts Crossing Road and Capital One Drive.
To begin, the right lane of southbound Route 123 between Scotts Crossing Road and the Beltway's inner loop will be closed. This will last about two years to allow workspace for crews to operate away from traffic.
This closing was scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 15, but because of the snow storm, the start date will have to be reset.
Capital One employees, vendors and visitors will still have right-turn lane access to the property's main entrance via a shorter right-turn lane. Both entrance ramps to the Capital Beltway will also remain open.
February 14, 2010; 7:53 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Driving , Metro , Weekend Work , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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