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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2012

School resumes, I-95 work and Beach Drive closing: Previewing the week ahead in traffic, transit

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, marking the unofficial end of summer. And that makes this the last unofficial week of summer. By next week, all students should be back in school and everyone who was on vacation should be trudging back to work.

Have you noticed slightly emptier roads? Incrementally less crowded Metro platforms? If so, enjoy that while you can, because it’s all about to vanish, yanked away by fate (a.k.a. the normal, predictable changing of the seasons).

The good news: Apart from some showers on Monday evening and Tuesday, the Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for decent weather.

Here’s our look at what you can expect on the roads and rails this week:

Weekend Metro work

First, a look at this weekend’s Metro work. This time, riders on the Red, Orange and Blue lines are in for a treat. No stations will be closed, but single-tracking will create delays on all of those lines.

Red Line

Trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten so that platform reconstruction can take place. Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Grosvenor every 15 minutes in each direction. Additional trains will run between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U on Saturday and Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you’re traveling through the single tracking, add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Orange Line

Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, also to allow for platform reconstruction. Orange Line trains will run every 20 minutes in each direction. Again, add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Blue Line

Trains will share a track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom. This is for structural rehabilitation of the track bed and leak mitigation, according to Metro. Blue Line trains will also run every 20 minutes in each direction, and you should add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Green/Yellow lines

Also, some good news: A planned shutdown on the Green and Yellow lines this weekend has been canceled. This is because the Washington Nationals are playing home games against the Cardinals this weekend.

More school resumes this week

School is back in session Monday for students in the District, Montgomery County and Loudoun County, Expect additional traffic around schools in those areas, particularly during the hours right before and after school. And use caution around bus stops.

Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange closures

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project will continue ramp and road closures around the Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange this week (as always, this assumes the weather cooperates):

• Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and each of those nights from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the follow morning: The ramp from Telegraph Road to N. Kings Highway will be closed.

• Monday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the follow morning: The ramp from Telegraph Road to Huntington Avenue will be closed.

• Monday and Tuesday from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning: The access ramps from Telegraph Road (in both directions) to the inner loop will both be closed.

• Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon: The right lane of the outer loop LOCAL will be closed between the Eisenhower Connector and U.S. Route 1.

• Monday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning: The exit ramps from the outer loop LOCAL to Telegraph Road South, Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway will be closed.

• Tuesday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning: The exit ramp from the inner loop to Telegraph Road south will be closed, as will the exit ramp from the outer loop to Telegraph Road North and Eisenhower Avenue.

• Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning: The ramp from Duke Street eastbound to Telegraph Road South will be closed.

I-95 Lane Closure in Maryland

The Maryland State Highway Administration will close one lane on a stretch of I-95 in both directions this week. The left lane will be closed on I-95 North and I-95 South between the MD 200 interchange and the Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 exit. This began on Sunday and continues each night through Wednesday night from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Beach Drive closing

Tree maintenance on Beach Drive will close a chunk of the roadway this week. Beach Drive will be closed between West Beach Drive NW to the Maryland/D.C. border. The closure will occur Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

New York Avenue Bridge lane closures

Overnight lane closures on New York Avenue NE between Florida Avenue and Penn Street will limit the roadway to just one lane in each direction overnight over the next six weeks. This is to allow for bridge deck installation as part of the bridge’s rehabilitation project.

The lane reductions will take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning. They began on Friday and will continue for the next six weeks on Monday through Friday nights, according to the District Department of Transportation.

Montgomery County road closures

• Wisconsin Avenue/MD 355 will have single and double lane closures between Jones Bridge Road and South Drive in Bethesda. These closures, which are due to resurfacing work, began on Sunday and will continue each night through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

• River Road/MD 190 will have single lane closures between Gary Road and Huntington Drive in Potomac this week. The closures , which will allow paving to occur, also began on Sunday and will continue through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tysons Corner road closures

The Dulles Metro work continues to impact traffic in Tysons Corner. Overhead electrical work will close the left turn lane from northbound Chain Bridge Road/Route 123 onto Capital One Drive on Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Additionally, overhead work will close the thru lanes on eastbound Tysons Boulevard, the turn lanes from Galleria Drive (in both directions) and southbound Route 123 onto Tysons Boulevard. These closures will occur on Monday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Beulah Road bridge work begins this week

The Beulah Road bridge over Wolftrap Run in Fairfax County is getting a facelift. The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin working to rehabilitate the bridge on Wednesday. A week later, on Sept. 5, the road will be reduced to one lane. Crews are going to repair abutments and bearings, among other work. This work should take until December.

SmarTrip minimum fare and rebate

This is yet another reminder about two SmarTrip changes going into effect on Saturday. Beginning Sept. 1, you will need at least $1.20 on a SmarTrip card before you can enter the system. Additionally, if you register your card online on Saturday or after, you can get a $3 rebate. (Cards will still cost $5.)

By  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Tags:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction

 
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