The week ahead for traffic, transit
Have you used the car air-conditioner yet, or curtailed walking and biking in the middle of the day? It's the season for such questions, according to the forecast from the Capital Weather Gang. Here are some traffic and transit projects that could slow your travels during a week when temperatures will be in the 80s.
HOV time change
The weekday schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes has been slightly modified to help ease delays stemming from construction projects.
Until Nov. 1, the northbound HOV lanes will close at 10 instead of 11 a.m. and the southbound HOV lanes will open at noon rather than 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the temporary schedule change should ease delays on southbound I-95, where one lane is closed between the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. The lane closing is part of the I-95 widening project.
Rhode Island Avenue Station
Don't plan on parking at the Metrorail station for the next year and a half. A construction project has closed the park-and-ride lot. The bus stops and the kiss-and-ride area remain, but some of the bus stops will be relocated during a later phase of the project.
I-95 lane closing
Beginning Monday night, the right lane of I-95 south will be closed from a point just south of the Backlick Road exit (Exit 167) to the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) for exit ramp reconstruction at Alban Road (Exit 166B). It will remain closed until early October. I-95 south already narrows from four to three lanes at the Fairfax County Parkway. With this lane closing, the narrowing will occur three-quarters of a mile sooner.
The westbound lanes of Tysons Boulevard are closed temporarily. Workers on the Metrorail project are starting construction of caissons and piers to support the foundation of the Tysons Central 123 Station on the northwest corner of the Route 123/Tysons Boulevard intersection.
Northbound traffic on Route 123 will not be able to turn left onto Tysons Boulevard. Northbound drivers instead will be detoured to a left turn at International Drive, one block before reaching the westbound Tysons Boulevard intersection, because the left-turn lane will be closed for approximately two months.
Traffic will be detoured onto International Drive to a right on Galleria Drive. Drivers can then turn left on Tysons Boulevard or proceed straight. Drivers heading for Tysons Galleria from northbound Route 123 should stay on International Drive or use Tysons Boulevard. Drivers heading for Westpark Drive and the Westpark Bridge to Tysons Corner Center should continue on Galleria Drive, which becomes Westpark Drive.
Roosevelt Bridge repair
The District plans to do overnight repair work on ramps on the D.C. side of the Roosevelt Bridge through Tuesday night. One travel lane per ramp will be closed after the evening's rush period and reopened each day before the morning rush.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, the outer loop will be narrowed to two lanes between the Eisenhower Connector and Telegraph Road.
During those same weekday hours, 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. 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.
Woodfield Road closures
Watch for single-lane closings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays on Woodfield Road between Airpark Road and Rosewood Manor Lane. Airpark Road will be closed at MD 124 from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. Detour onto Muncaster Mill Road.
Drivers may find the shoulders closed on the Beltway as crews work on the Kenilworth Avenue (MD 201) bridge above. There may be temporary lane closings on both Kenilworth and the Beltway.
Metropolitan Branch Trail
A new section of the trail is opening up. This is between New York Avenue and Franklin Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Monday at Fourth and S streets NE. A section between Franklin Street and Rhode Island Avenue is already open. When complete, the trail will be an eight-mile north-south route between Silver Spring and Union Station. See map.
May 3, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead
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