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Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

This item has been updated.

Travelers will feel chillier this week than last, but rain is likely only on Wednesday, the Capital Weather Gang says. Virginia drivers should pay particular attention to the road work forecast. For transit riders, Metro is planning maintenance that will affect all the train lines at off-peak hours.

Metro maintenance schedule

Red Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday, trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Medical Center. Expect delays up to about 10 minutes, the transit authority says.

From 10 o’clock till closing each night through Thursday, trains will share a track between Van Ness and Medical Center. Workers will be replacing track circuits. Trains also will be sharing a track during those hours between Takoma and Forest Glen, where crews are installing fiber optic cables.

Once work begins, trains will leave their terminals every 30 to 35 minutes, Metro says. Riders should allow 20 to 25 minutes for extra travel time.

(Red Line riders, remember that the south entrance at Dupont Circle is now closed for replacement of the escalators.)

Orange Line: From 10 o’clock each night through Thursday, trains will share a track single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. The work underway there is linked to the Dulles Silver Line project. Trains also will share a track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for station rehabilitation and track work.

During those hours, trains will operate every 30 to 35 minutes. Riders should allow 15 to 20 minutes for additional travel time. A possible alternative for some travelers between D.C. and Arlington is Metrobus 38B, the Farragut Square-Ballston line.

Blue Line: From 10 o’clock each night through Thursday, trains will share a track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. This is the same station rehabilitation and track work that will affect riders on the Orange Line. After 10 p.m., Blue Line trains will operate every 30 to 35 minutes, and riders should allow 15 to 20 minutes for extra travel time.

Green Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day through Thursday, trains will share a track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza. Allow about 10 minutes of extra travel time.

Starting at 10 o’clock Monday and Tuesday nights, trains will share a track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue. Add about 10 minutes of extra travel time.

Yellow Line: Because of the Green Line work, Yellow Line trains will turn back at Mount Vernon Square during the off-peak midday hours, rather than continuing north to Fort Totten. Riders who want to continue past Mount Vernon Square should switch to a Green Line train, which will arrive on the same platform. (After 7 p.m., Yellow Line trains will continue to Fort Totten as usual.)

Beltway/I-66

Commuters are encountering a new traffic pattern at the Capital Beltway interchange with Interstate 66. This is the part of the 495 Express Lanes work zone, where drivers have been complaining about delays going from the inner loop to westbound I-66.

The Virginia Department of Transportation opened a third westbound lane at the interchange. To create room for this, workers modified Exit 49 from the outer loop to I-66 west, reducing the two-lane ramp to one lane.

That is one of many temporary steps taken to adjust traffic during the project, which is scheduled to end late this year. The second lane for the outer loop ramp is scheduled to be restored by fall. As for I-66, the final configuration westbound will be three through lanes and one high-occupancy vehicle lane.

Beltway/Telegraph Road

Work continues this week at the Capital Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange, which is being rebuilt in the final phase of the Wilson Bridge project.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, the exit from the outer loop to Huntington Avenue is closed to set light poles. Drivers should take the exit ramp for North Kings Highway, go left on Route 1 north, then take a left onto Huntington Avenue.

All week long until 3 p.m. Friday, one lane of northbound Mill Road where it connects to southbound Telegraph Road will be closed. Workers are finishing the installation of guardrails, barriers and curbs. One northbound lane will remain open.

Dulles Metrorail

Drivers on eastbound Route 7 all the way from Winchester to Beulah Road, just west of Tysons Corner, may encounter traffic slowdowns Tuesday and Wednesday, because of truck deliveries for the Dulles Metrorail project. Traffic along Beulah Road from the Dulles Toll Road north to Route 7 also will be affected, project officials said.

The trucks from Winchester will deliver parts for a traction power substation to a spot off Chathams Ford Drive next to the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road just east of Beulah Road.

Each day, three trucks, along with three pilot cars, will create a rolling blockade when delivering the components and again when leaving the site.

The first delivery is scheduled to leave Winchester at 9 a.m., rather than the previously announced time of 7 a.m. They should arrive at Chathams Ford/Beulah Road at about 11 a.m., both days. The other two deliveries will follow at 90-minute intervals.

Constitution Avenue NW

Drivers may find up to two lanes in each direction closed from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 23rd and 15th streets for work on the roadway rehabilitation project. No overnight work is scheduled this week.

Red top meters

Throughout February, D.C. traffic control officers will be stationed at the District’s new red top meters for disabled people to explain who is eligible to park at them and for how long. Meanwhile, parking enforcement officers will be issuing warning notices to those who park at the red top meters without displaying a valid placard or license plate.

Starting March 1, drivers who park illegally at the meters will be subject to ticketing and towing.

Route 2 repairs

The Maryland State Highway Administration is repairing the ramp from southbound Route 2 (Ritchie Highway) to westbound Route 100 in Anne Arundel County.

The ramp closed this morning for about one week to complete the second phase of the project. Next week, crews will move equipment and concrete barriers to the right side of the ramp for the final phase of the project.

During the repairs, drivers will use southbound Route 2 to Route 177 (Mountain Road), then bear right to continue on westbound Route 100.

About 180 feet of underground drainage pipe collapsed during heavy flooding last fall from Tropical Storm Lee. Crews then replaced the pipe culvert with a new structure under the ramp and reopened the ramp to traffic in mid-December, pending further repairs.

Metro weekend work

From late Friday night through the midnight closing on Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. No stations will be closed.

In the work zone, crews will be preparing the tracks for the connection to the new Dulles Silver Line as well as replacing rails and ties.

By  |  06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA Maryland State Highway Administration, District Department of Transportation,

 
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