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The week ahead in traffic, transit

15th Street lane change
D.C. commuters who use 15th Street NW should be extra alert this week. On Monday, the District plans to eliminate the reversible lanes between K Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The three-block stretch will be two-way at all times. Warning signs were posted last week, but drivers should watch out for motorists who haven't broken the one-way habit. Also, watch for pedestrians -- including jaywalkers -- who may be looking in the wrong direction when they cross.

The change will not affect 15th Street north of Massachusetts Avenue, which will remain one-way northbound at all times with a separated contra-flow lane for bicyclists.

I-66 ramps to inner loop
The program to restore the exit ramps from eastbound Interstate 66 to the inner loop of the Capital Beltway was delayed several times by the February weather, but it's scheduled to go ahead this week.

That already congested area got worse when the ramp pattern was changed to accommodate construction of the High Occupancy Toll lanes along the Beltway. The Virginia Department of Transportation saw the problem where the HOV exit and the regular traffic exit come together, but a first fix didn't do enough to ease the traffic. The new one, the long-postponed one, will put the ramps back in their original configuration.

Weather permitting, the work will begin Tuesday night and should be done by the end of the week.

D.C. pothole program
The District Department of Transportation has launched its second Potholepalooza campaign to attack the ruts created by the harsh winter. This year's campaign will continue through April 5. People can add to the list by phone, online report, Twitter or e-mail.

How to Report a Pothole:
-- Phone the Mayor's Call Center at 311.
-- Use the Online Service Request Center at 311.DC.Gov.
-- Tweet to
-- E-mail to Potholepalooza@DC.Gov.

Commuter Bus Ten Trip Tickets
The Maryland Transit Administration said Commuter Bus can expect many drivers to be sold out of Zone 3 Ten Trip tickets on Monday and Tuesday. Supplies should be in stock by Wednesday.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 15, 2010; 10:02 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: DDOT, HOT lanes, VDOT  
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thank goodness for that I-66 project. That little change made I-66 from being congested at peak times and on weekends to being congested almost all daylight hours.

Posted by: thetan | March 15, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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