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The week ahead for traffic, transit

The local travel forecast gets better after this cool, rainy Monday, says the Capital Weather Gang. In fact, the forecast is very good for Bike to Work Day on Friday. Meanwhile, drivers and transit users have a lot of construction delays ahead.

Kenilworth Avenue (DC 295)
Watch for a new traffic pattern on the southbound side near the Eastern Avenue bridge, which the District is rebuilding. Traffic has shifted to the left, and barriers are in place to accommodate upcoming construction on the right side of the road.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE
The District's Great Streets project is entering a phase that will have a significant impact on drivers between 27th Street and Branch Avenue SE. The work will include the reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue and sidewalks on the south side. This means lane closings and a shift in the traffic pattern. Here's what commuters will encounter as of Monday:

-- Add about 15 minutes to peak period travel times on Pennsylvania Avenue.
-- The far-right eastbound lane and sidewalk will be closed and marked off with barriers.
-- Three travel lanes will be open at all times. A reversible lane will ensure there are two lanes for peak traffic during rush hours, and one lane for traffic in the opposite direction.
-- Watch the overhead green arrows and red X's to determine the correct inbound and outbound lanes.

Beltway paving
This week, the Maryland State Highway Administration is scheduled to begin resurfacing 4.6 miles of the Beltway's outer loop between Branch Avenue and D'Arcy Road. The project also includes a half-mile of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Beltway and Old Marlboro Pike/Westphalia Road and the exit ramp from Forestville Road to the outer loop.

This area was last resurfaced in 2001. The project is one of many in the D.C. area supported by the federal stimulus money.

There's going to be some off-peak congestion because of this project. Watch for single lane closing on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. There may be double lane closings Sunday through Thursday nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Telegraph Road/Beltway
Heads up for next weekend: There will be some lane closures on the Beltway's inner loop just west of Telegraph Road from about 9 p.m. May 21 through 5 a.m. Monday, May 24. Workers will be doing concrete repairs to the Beltway bridge over Cameron Run. Traffic will likely be narrowed to one lane, and this is likely to cause significant backups.

Bike to work Friday
Friday is the annual Bike to Work Day. Thousands of people, many of whom don't normally ride to work, will be on the roads in the D.C. area. Most will meet up at 35 regional pit stops, then ride to work in convoys. It ends with big gathering at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue.

There will be prizes including commuter bags, bike locks and bicycles at the pit stops. Riders also will find food and drink at them. Free T-shirts go to the first 8,500 registrants in attendance at the pit stops they registered for. Here's a link to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for more information.

Metro night delays
Red Line: Add at least 20 minutes to normal travel time between Grosvenor and Medical Center from 10 p.m. through the midnight closing Monday through Thursday. Add at least half an hour between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten from 10 p.m. through closing Monday through Thursday.

Blue and Yellow lines: Add at least half an hour between Braddock Road and Pentagon City from 11 p.m. through closing Sunday through Thursday.

Green Line: Add at least 20 minutes between Greenbelt and College Park from 8 p.m. to closing Monday through Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 17, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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