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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/14/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers will enjoy more daylight on afternoon commutes this week, now that we’re into Daylight Savings Time. They are likely to find the weather much better for the latter part of the work week, but rain is likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. As the weather warms, drivers are encountering many more road crews working on small projects, such as pothole repairs. Watch out for those little work zones, as well as the major ones. Here are some projects that could result in delays.

Beltway at Tysons Corner

Drivers on both loops of the Capital Beltway near Tysons Corner are encountering overnight delays because of two big construction projects. Work continues on building bridges that will take the Dulles Metrorail line over the Beltway at Route 123. For safety, three lanes of the inner loop and the inner loop’s connections with Route 123 are closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday nights. Narrowing of the Beltway may start as early as 9:30 each night.

Beltway/Telegraph Road

The reconstruction of the Capital Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange is scheduled to shut the left lanes on both loops between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Also, the ramp from the inner loop to southbound Telegraph Road is scheduled to be closed today from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Detour: Pershing Avenue (Exit 176B) to northbound Stovall Street to westbound Mill Road and onto southbound Telegraph Road.

Beltway HOT lanes

While there are no rush hour lane closings scheduled for the High Occupancy Toll lane project on the Beltway, drivers will encounter closings at off-peak hours during the daytime and at night as workers rebuilt the bridges and overpasses along 14 miles between Springfield and the Dulles Toll Road. Also slowing things down are the lane shifts that occur frequently as traffic moves through the work zones.

Drivers will encounter complete closings of the outer loop at I-66 Monday through Thursday. At 9:30 p.m., crews will close all lanes to place steel bridge beams over the Beltway. The I-66 westbound ramp to the outer loop (I-495 south) and the left I-66 eastbound HOV ramp to the Beltway will also be closed in the overnight hours.

Montgomery County road work

The Maryland State Highway Administration has road crews scheduled to work on University Boulevard between Arcola Avenue and Colesville Road in Silver Spring from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Single lanes will be closed. Drivers also will find single lane closings on Georgia Avenue between Norbeck Road and Glenallan Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

Prince George’s road work

Drivers will encounter single lane closings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Route 201 and 202 bridges over the Beltway.

Metrorail work

As of today, Metro has 91 escalators and elevators under repair. See the list of outages. The entire bank of problematic escalators at Foggy Bottom is being replaced this year and a stairway will be added.

Metro is stepping up the pace of trackwork during middays on weekdays, nights and weekends. This coming weekend, the transit authority will again shut Orange Line service between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. That work will start at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through the midnight closing on Sunday. Free shuttle buses will bridge the gap.

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By  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/14/2011

 
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