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Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Road work resumes in D.C. area

Now that you’re all safely back in town and performing ordinary driving tasks, like dodging flaming hay, the area’s transportation departments are resuming road work. Here’s a report on some of the major activity planned for this week.

HOT lanes

Capital Beltway inner loop (I-495 north): At 9:30 tonight and again Wednesday night, workers will close the two right lanes from the Heming Avenue overpass to Robinson Terminal to restripe pavement. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Once the restriping is complete, the merge point at Heming Avenue will be moved back to near the Robinson Terminal. Motorists traveling from I-95 north will need to use caution in this area and merge left sooner to continue on I-495 north, the Virginia Department of Transportation said..

Inner loop to Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) west: At 9 p.m. Wednesday and again on Thursday night, the exit ramp from the inner loop to the Dulles Connector Road west will close overnight till 5 a.m. Motorists will be directed to continue north on I-495 to Exit 44 (Georgetown Pike west), follow signs to I-495 south (the outer loop), and take Exit 45 (Dulles Toll Road west). This closing will allow workers to install overhead signs.

Dulles Toll Road east to the inner loop: At 9 o’clock each night through Saturday, the Dulles Toll Road east to I-495 north will close till 5 a.m. Motorists will be directed to I-495 south, then to Exit 46B (Route 123 north), where they will follow the signs to turn left onto I-495 north. The exit ramp will reopen on weekdays by 5 a.m. and on Saturday by 7 a.m. Workers will be installing steel bridge beams.

Jones Branch Drive: Starting at 10 o’clock each night through Friday, Jones Branch Drive near the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner will be closed and drivers will be detoured to Westpark Drive. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays and by 7 a.m. on Saturday. Workers will be installing a sewer line, and this closing will continue next Monday through Wednesday nights.

Beltway at W&OD Trail overpass: At 9:30 tonight through Saturday night, three lanes on each loop will close from the trail overpass to I-66. After midnight, all lanes will close at the overpass for up to half an hour at a time for bridge work. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays, on Saturday by 7 a.m. and on Sunday by 9 a.m.

Constitution Avenue NW

The National Park Service says drivers should expect lane closures to resume and curb work to begin. The location of the lane closures may change daily. Work may proceed through rush hours.

George Washington Parkway

Through Friday, the National Park Service says, crews will be doing stone work and landscaping on the Humpback Bridge and there will be lane closings. The project is in the final phase of construction.

The contractor will be paving the trails leading to the tunnels. Stone work will be completed soon. Activities yet to be completed include site cleanup, final grading, re-energizing the lights and the removal of the staging area.

Northwest Branch bridge

The Maryland State Highway Administration is rehabilitating the Capital Beltway bridge over the Northwest Branch between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. The main daytime issues for drivers are the lane shifts, the shortened merge area on the outer loop near New Hampshire Avenue and the shortened merge area on the ramp from University Boulevard to the inner loop.

From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights, single lanes may be closed on the Beltway in the work zone.

Red Line projects

Starting this week, public-private development projects along Metro’s Red Line will affect parking at the Twinbrook and White Flint stations.

At Twinbrook, 53 spaces and part of the sidewalk adjacent to the west parking lot will be closed indefinitely for construction of the 424-space Metro West Garage.

Alternative Metro parking will be available at the Twinbrook east parking lot and the White Flint Metro parking garage. Pedestrians entering the area between Halpine Road and the station entrance will be routed to the west sidewalk along Chapman Avenue.

At White Flint, the north sidewalk along Marinelli Road will be closed intermittently for about seven months by office building construction. Pedestrians between the Metro parking garage and station entrance will be routed to the south sidewalk along Marinelli Road. The bus stops for Metrobus Route C8 and Ride-On Bus Route 81 will be relocated to the far side of northbound Rockville Pike and westbound Marinelli Road.

By  |  04:23 PM ET, 07/05/2011

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