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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 04/02/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

This week is spring break for many school systems in the D.C. area, and that should cut into our traffic congestion in many areas. Meanwhile, though, plenty of visitors will be traveling in the downtown and National Mall areas.

Nationals Park will be back in business for an exhibition game Tuesday. There are 7 p.m. games Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Verizon Center. The Thursday game is the last of the regular season for the Capitals.

The weather this week, ending in Easter weekend, will be wonderful for traveling across the region, the Capital Weather Gang says. “Most days feature abundant sunshine with temperatures in the 60s and crisp, cool overnights,” the Gang’s Jason Samenow says. The best chance of a shower comes on Wednesday.

Riding Metro

No track work is scheduled for middays during the week or for this weekend, because of the extra crowding tied to the Cherry Blossom Festival and the spring tourist season.

Tourists will have a more pleasant experience if they ride at off-peak times. Also, visitors can buy a $9 Metrorail One-Day Pass, which is good for unlimited travel after 9:30 a.m.

Smithsonian is the Metro station right on the National Mall. But it’s jammed during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Try L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle or Foggy Bottom.

Beltway/I-66

The Virginia Department of Transportation has opened a new flyover ramp from Interstate 66 West to the outer loop (I-495 South). This new ramp is on the right side, replacing the old ramp on the left. The work at the interchange is part of the 495 Express Lanes project.

Nationals return

The Washington Nationals open the regular season on the road this year, but they are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Red Sox at Nationals Park at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday. The nearest Metro station is Navy Yard. Metro does a good job of crowd control on the platform there, but watch out for crowding at the transfer stations, L’Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place.

Constitution Avenue

From 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, the eastbound curb lane on Constitution Avenue NW between 17th and 15th streets may be closed at some points for the installation of a fence. Parking will be restricted.

A new sidewalk is going to be installed on the north side of the avenue between 23rd and 22nd streets. The parking lane on that side will be blocked starting today.

Street Smart

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists may notice some extra enforcement of the traffic safety laws. The Street Smart campaign has begun its spring offensive in the D.C. region.

While this is an educational campaign, and you’ll hear and see safety ads, it’s also about stepped up policing. Drivers, you don’t want to be making right turns into pedestrians at crosswalks. Cyclists, you don’t want to be going against traffic on a one-way street. Pedestrians, don’t jaywalk.

Herndon-Monroe parking

The Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride garage on Sunrise Valley Drive by the Dulles Toll Road in Herndon is undergoing repairs and maintenance that will continue until the end of August.

During each of the project’s four phases, about 450 of the garage’s 1,745 parking spaces will be unavailable. Each of the three stairwells will be closed at some point during construction, but only one will be closed at a time.

Alternative parking: Reston South Park and Ride, 2531 Reston Pkwy.; Sunset Hills Park and Ride, 12050 Sunset Hills Rd.

New park and ride

The Maryland Transit Administration has opened a park-and­­-ride lot in Montgomery County just west of Georgia Avenue and south of the Intercounty Connector.

The lot, which has 202 parking spaces and two bus shelters with benches, serves as a stop for the five Metro Transit Administration commuter bus routes that use the ICC. These commuter buses no longer stop at the older park-and-ride lot on Norbeck Road, just east of Georgia Avenue, although that lot remains open.

Dulles Metrorail

Construction of a pedestrian pavilion across from the site of a new Metrorail Silver Line station is scheduled to begin this week and continue for about seven days. The station, which has the working title of Tysons Central 7 until the Metro Board officially adopts a name, will be in the middle of Route 7 near the Marshalls shopping center at Tysons Corner.

The pavilion, a ground-level entrance to the pedestrian bridge over the road to the station, will be on the westbound side of Route 7. Later this year, a second pavilion will be built on the eastbound side.

George Washington Parkway

The rebuilding of the Humpback Bridge over Boundary Channel on the George Washington Parkway is winding down, but the southbound left lane is scheduled to be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to repair the surface under the guardrails.

Wisconsin Avenue

The Maryland State Highway Administration is resurfacing Wisconsin Avenue between Bradley Boulevard and the D.C. line. Watch for single lane closings on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Categories:  Commuting, Events, Metro | Tags:  D.C. Metro, Washington Metro System, mass transit, public transit, WMATA, Washington Metropolitan Area transit authority

 
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