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The week ahead for traffic, transit

The Cherry Blossom Festival is over but the traffic challenges remain all across the Washington region, starting with the Nuclear Security Summit and continuing through to a Metro weekend project.

Nuclear Security Summit
We have plenty of details about the traffic and transit situation stemming from the summit restrictions around Mount Vernon Square today and Tuesday. Watch for updates here on the blog. See our live map. The key thing to remember is that traveling across central Washington will be very difficult because the security zone interrupts some major commuter routes. Police may block off streets beyond those identified previously, and motorcades also will slow traffic.

Federal offices are open, but the Office of Personnel Management is strongly urging people to telework or vary their work schedules because of the potential traffic impact.

Beltway near Telegraph Road
Drivers will encounter a new traffic pattern on the outer loop to the west of the Wilson Bridge. The lanes have been shifted outward to prepare for construction that will lengthen the distance covered by the through and local lanes.

Telegraph Road
Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon,
Telegraph Road North will be narrowed to one lane between Huntington Avenue and Pershing Avenue. The ramp from Telegraph Road North to the outer loop will be closed for roadway construction. Detour: Traffic should take the ramp from Telegraph Road North to the inner loop to the ramp at Telegraph Road South to the outer loop.

Each night from 9 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Friday, Telegraph Road North and South will be narrowed to one lane between Huntington Avenue and Pershing Avenue. The ramp from Telegraph Road North to the inner loop will be closed for roadway construction. Detour: Traffic should take the ramp from the turn right onto Pershing Avenue, left on Stovall Street, left at Mill Road to Telegraph Road South to the inner loop ramp.

I-95 widening
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close several lanes on I-95 north overnights between Route 1 and the Fairfax County Parkway for joint repair and paving. This paving project is scheduled to last until mid-June.

Sunday through Thursday nights each week, several lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. After 10:30 each night, HOV reversible lanes could be used as an alternative to bypass the work zone.

Metrorail extension
Throughout the week, lanes will close overnight on Route 7 in Tysons Corner. Workers will be restoring pavement and curbing in areas where utility relocations have occurred to prepare for construction of the Dulles Metrorail line. Most of the lane closings will take place between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Norbeck Road delays
Watch for single lane closings on Norbeck Road between Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Metrorail weekend project
The final challenge for travelers this week will be Metro's plan to replace a switch at Rosslyn Station. This is the project originally scheduled for President's Day weekend but canceled in the aftermath of the big snow storms. Riders on the Blue and Orange lines who plan to travel through Rosslyn on Friday night through Sunday night should add 40 minutes to the usual trip time while trains share a single track around the work zone.

Keep this in mind if you're planning a Metrorail trip to Nationals Park, RFK Stadium or Verizon Center for the weekend's sports events.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 6:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Idiots. I understand not scheduling repairs around a Caps playoff schedule that was not set until yesterday; but the Nationals schedule has been in place for some time. What was Metro thinking (or not thinking)?

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | April 12, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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