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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers may encounter a shower or two Monday, but a drier weather pattern will move in for much of the rest of this week, the Capital Weather Gang says. There's a lot of road work, but much of it will be over in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Orange Line riders, however, will encounter a big weekend disruption.

Chain Bridge
The District Department of Transportation still must restripe the pavement on Chain Bridge before reopening the third lane. Until then, drivers will find that the concrete barrier is gone, but that temporary construction barrels block access to the lane. Traffic remains limited to one lane in each direction until the weather improves and the workers can complete the job.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
The ride on the Capital Beltway's inner loop near Telegraph Road should be better after the emergency repairs this past weekend to the Beltway bridge over Cameron Run.

MARC service changes
MARC has adjusted its Penn Line schedules as Amtrak moves into the second phase of its track work project. See a list of the changes here.

Intercounty Connector/Notley Road
Drivers on Notley Road in Montgomery County will find a new traffic pattern on Notley Road between Royal Forest Lane and Paula Lynn Driver. This pattern, which will remain for about a year, makes room for construction of the bridge over the Intercounty Connector.

Braddock Road/Beltway
Westbound traffic on Braddock Road will be shifted to the new bridge over the Capital Beltway during the day on Thursday and eastbound traffic will be shifted overnight on June 3 or 4, weather permitting. This is part of the High Occupancy Toll lanes project.

Metrorail late-night delays
Riders on most lines will encounter late-night delays through Thursday night. Riders who use Farragut North Station, note that Metro plans to work on the platform ceiling problem near the L Street entrance.

Red Line: Add at least half an hour to travel time between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten after 10 p.m. Workers will be strengthening the surface underneath the tracks. Every other Red Line train toward Glenmont will terminate at Rhode Island Avenue and head back toward Shady Grove.

Add at least half an hour to a trip between Farragut North and Judiciary Square after 10 p.m. Workers are scheduled to repair the ceiling at Farragut North where structural problems were discovered in December.

Blue Line: Add at least half an hour to travel time between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road after 9:30 p.m. Workers will be replacing concrete slabs under the rails

Blue and Yellow Line: Add at least half an hour to travel time between Braddock Road and Pentagon City after 11 p.m. Workers will be replacing old rail fasteners. All Yellow Line trains will terminate at Mount Vernon Square.

Green Line: Add at least 20 minutes to travel time between Greenbelt and College Park after 8 p.m. Workers will be welding rail.

Dulles detour
The Dulles Metrorail project is building concrete supports for two piers along the Dulles Access Road just east of Route 123. Nighttime drivers using the eastbound access road will encounter a construction detour from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Wednesday and continuing intermittently over the next five to six weeks.

Traffic will be moved onto the eastbound Dulles Toll Road near the Spring Hill Road-International Drive exit after the main toll plaza and well in advance of the work area.

Metro Memorial Day weekend
There will be no Metrorail service between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church station during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the first two weekends in June. The Dulles Metrorail project will be working on the first of a series of construction programs that by 2013 will connect the new rail line to the rest of the system.

Metro will operate free shuttle buses between the two stations, but riders should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 24, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Yet another chain bridge delay. I can not believe they could not paint stripes over the weekend. What a joke.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

You want them to paint stripes in the rain?

Posted by: 1995hoo | May 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Tom8, it wasn't an issue of the workers getting wet. They were able to do other parts of the prep work, like removing the concrete barriers. The stripes just don't stay painted if the work is done in the rain.

Posted by: Dr_Gridlock | May 24, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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