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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Bay Bridge lane closures, Ride On changes and more: The week ahead for traffic, transit

September Shock has hit the Washington area. Students and workers once again fill up the roads, rails and sidewalks and create extra congestion across the region. Make sure you read Dr. Gridlock’s discussion of some things to remember during your commutes this fall.

Looking ahead to this week, we have schedule changes for some Ride On buses, work at Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange and, of course, Metro work coming this weekend.

Some good news: The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for lovely conditions all week, though rain could hit over the weekend.

Here are some things to watch this week and into the weekend:

Sporting events

The Terrapins host the University of Connecticut in College Park on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., so expect increased congestion around that area.

The Washington Nationals are away all week. They don’t return home until the Dodgers come to town on Tuesday, Sept. 18. And even though the Redskins have started their season, they don’t host any games at FedEx field until Sunday, Sept. 23.

Metro weekend delays

Looking ahead to the weekend, track work continues on Metro. There will be work on four of the five lines, with only the Yellow Line spared from the fun.

All work begins on Friday at 10 p.m. and lasts through the system’s closing on Sunday night.

Red Line: Trains will single track between Van Ness and Friendship Heights (for rail and fastener maintenance) and between NoMa-Gallaudet U (for platform rehabilitation, structural repairs and bridge work). Trains will run between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Orange Line: Trains will single track between Vienna and West Falls Church for track maintenance and tie and insulator renewal. Trains will run between Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes. Add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Blue Line: Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Morgan Boulevard for repairs to the floating concrete slabs beneath the rails. Trains will run between Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 24 minutes. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Green Line: Buses will replace trains at Greenbelt so crews can replace ties and work on track conditions. Trains will operate normally between College Park and Branch Avenue, but riders going to or from Greenbelt should add at least 20 minutes to trips to account for shuttle bus service.

Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange ramp and road closures

The Wilson Bridge Project continues ramp and road closures at the Telegraph Road/Capital Beltway interchange this week and into the weekend. Expect this to impact traffic and create some delays:

Monday/Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right shoulder of the Outer Loop Local will be closed near Van Dorn Street. The right shoulder of the Inner Loop Local will be closed near Telegraph Road.

Monday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The right shoulder of the Outer Loop Local will be closed between Eisenhower Avenue Connector and Telegraph Road.

Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The exit ramp from the Inner Loop to Telegraph Road South will be closed for roadway construction. A detour will be in place: Drivers should continue to the Eisenhower Connector exit to Eisenhower Avenue East to Mill Road East to Telegraph Road South.

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of the Inner Loop LOCAL will be closed between Telegraph Road and the Eisenhower Connector for roadway construction.

Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mill Road will be closed between Stovall and Telegraph Road for roadway construction.

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of Mill Road East will be closed between Eisenhower Avenue and Telegraph Road

Monday through Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following mornings:

— The exit ramps from the Outer Loop to Telegraph Road North and Eisenhower Avenue will be closed (Detour: If you’re going to Telegraph Road North/the Eisenhower Valley, take U.S. Route 1 North to left on Duke Street to left on Holland Lane to the traffic circle to Eisenhower Avenue West)

— The ramp from Telegraph Road to N. Kings Highway East will be closed (Detour: Take the Huntington Avenue ramp to Huntington Avenue East to U.S. Route 1 South to N. Kings Highway)

— The ramp from Telegraph Road to Huntington Avenue east will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to N. Kings Highway to U.S. Route 1 North to left on Huntington Avenue. Also, this ramp will remain open if the N. Kings Highway ramp mentioned before is closed and vice versa).

Wednesday through Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following mornings: The access ramp from Telegraph Road South to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95 North); the access ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95).

Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of the Outer Loop LOCAL will be closed near Telegraph Road; one lane of the Outer Loop LOCAL ramp will be closed to Telegraph Road North and Eisenhower Avenue.

Also, the closures will continue into the weekend:

Friday at 8 p.m. through Sunday at 5 a.m.: The exit ramp from the Outer Loop to Telegraph Road South will be closed (Detour: Continue on the Outer Loop to U.S. Route 1 South to Huntington Ave West to Telegraph Road)

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of the Inner Loop LOCAL will be closed between Telegraph Road and Eisenhower Connector.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The access ramp from Telegraph Road South to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95 North); the access ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95).

Bay Bridge lane closures

Maintenance and preservation work on the bridge this week could close lanes on the westbound span and create delays on the eastbound span.

The westbound span could close on Monday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning to allow for work. Two lanes of the westbound span will also be closed on Saturday from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Sunday morning for this work.

Two-way traffic will run on the eastbound span when the westbound span is fully closed. As a result, expect heavier traffic and delays heading in both directions on the eastbound span.

Ride On service changes

More than a dozen Ride On bus routes now have different schedules and timetables. These changes went into effect on Sunday, impacting 13 routes running on weekdays as well as weekends. Read more about the changes here.

Beulah Road bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun rehabbing the Beulah Road bridge in Fairfax County.

Last week, Beulah Road was reduced to a single lane in that area. A temporary signal at the intersection of Browns Mill Road will control traffic until the project is done at the end of the year.

Chain Bridge Road lane closures

Work associated with the construction of the Dulles Metro will create some closures in Tysons Corner this week. The right-most turn lane on southbound Chain Bridge Road at Tysons Boulevard will be closed from on Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. (This is for utility work.)

The two right turn lanes on southbound Chain Bridge Road at Tysons Boulevard will also be closed on Monday through Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning and from Friday at 11 p.m. until Saturday at 9 a.m.

By  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012

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