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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Temperatures in the 60s should finish the work the snow plows didn't get to, but road work is resuming and could slow your travels this week.

Key Bridge night delays
A nighttime inspection on the Key Bridge will slow traffic between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights. Several lanes will be closed. One lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Watch for temporary signs and traffic controls.

I-95 delays at Baltimore
The ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Russell Street (Exit 52) is closed for the next two weeks. In addition, the right lane of I-95 between the Caton Avenue entrance ramp and the Russell Street exit ramp will be closed.

Northbound I-95's through lanes will remain open, except for temporary lane closings during off-peak hours. Periodic traffic drags, in which police will lead vehicles through the work area at a reduced speed, also will take place at off-peak hours.

Expect delays along I-95 approaching I-395, along I-395 and on routes heading into the city, especially during morning rush hours. During the closing, utility crews will be doing maintenance on the natural gas transmission pipeline that runs along the Russell Street ramp.

MTA bus stop moved
For about a week starting Monday, the Maryland commuter bus stop for Route 915 at 12th and E streets NW will be on the far side of the street, near Barnes & Noble by the Verizon Center sign, while the sidewalk is rebuilt.

Metrorail night work
Orange Line riders between Vienna and West Falls Church should add at least half an hour to their normal travel time from 8 p.m. through the midnight closing Monday and Tuesday nights.

Red Line riders between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes to their normal travel time from 8 p.m. through the midnight closing each night through Thursday. Workers will be replacing old rail fasteners to stabilize the tracks, and trains in both directions will be sharing a single track around the work zone.

Blue Line riders between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m. to the midnight close each night through Thursday. Trains will share a single track while workers replace concrete slabs underneath the rails.

Chain Bridge closing reset
The District Department of Transportation plans to completely shut Chain Bridge this coming weekend.

In January, DDOT began announcing schedules for two full weekend shutdowns of the bridge. But each time they were announced, they had to be rescheduled because of snow and freezing temperatures. Better weather is getting the project back on track.

The shutdown is now scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and end by 5 a.m. next Monday, March 15. The full shutdown is necessary for reconstruction work on the bridge deck, its steel beams and the approaches.

The completion of work on the bridge deck -- and the restoration of all three travel lanes -- has been postponed till Memorial Day weekend.


Prince George's road work
Watch for single-lane and double-lane closings from 8 to 5 p.m. weeknights at East West Highway and Queens Chapel Road.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 8, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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