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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

After today, the weather should improve for travelers in the D.C. region. But the Capital Weather Gang sees more chances for chilly rain Wednesday into Thursday and over the weekend.

Despite the winter-like temperatures, the calendar says spring, and there are many road projects scheduled for the week. Metro also has plenty of off-peak maintenance planned.

Metro

The transit authority has scheduled midday and night work on four of the five train lines.

Red Line: From 10 p.m. to closing Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between Dupont Circle and Van Ness, and between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. They are scheduled to leave Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes. Add 10 to 15 minutes to normal travel times, Metro says.

Orange Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday, trains will share a track between Federal Center SW and Eastern Market. Add 10 minutes to normal travel times. From 10 p.m. to closing Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. Add 10 to 15 minutes to normal travel times.

Blue Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, trains will share a track between Federal Center SW and Eastern Market. As with the Orange Line trains in the same stretch of tunnel, add 10 minutes to normal travel times.

From 10 p.m. to closing Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. Trains also will share a track between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street. Add 10 to 15 minutes to normal travel times.

Green Line: From 10 p.m. to closing Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between Prince George’s Plaza and Greenbelt.

Beltway/I-66

One of the most complicated parts of the 495 Express Lanes project on the Capital Beltway is the reconstruction of the Interstate 66 interchange. The latest phase, scheduled to start this week, involves taking down the ramp that led from the left side of the Beltway’s inner loop to westbound I-66.

The ramp crosses over part of I-66 and Metro’s Orange Line tracks, by the Dunn Loring station. The demolition will be done at night to reduce the impact on travelers. The work hours will be 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., seven days a week, and the job will take four or five weeks to complete.

Route 267/Leesburg Pike

Silver Line construction in Tysons Corner is scheduled to close the left three lanes of Route 267 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Wednesday. The ramp from eastbound Leesburg Pike (Route 7) onto eastbound Route 267 will remain open.

The project plans continued lane closings on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) overnights for the next several weeks. Crews are working on the last stretch of the bridge that crosses over Route 267.

Beltway/New Hampshire Avenue

While the rehab project continues on the Capital Beltway bridge over the Northwest Branch in Silver Spring, Maryland has begun another project at the nearby New Hampshire Avenue interchange.

It’s a bridge deck replacement for the ramp that takes traffic from northbound New Hampshire Avenue onto the Beltway’s outer loop.

To speed up the work, the ramp will be closed after the morning rush Monday and will stay closed through mid-summer. The entire project is scheduled to be done in late fall.

While the ramp over the Beltway is closed, drivers who want to reach the outer loop will be detoured east on the Beltway to the College Park Rideshare lot and then back onto the outer loop. This will add about 15 minutes to normal travel times.

As the project advances, Beltway drivers in that area should watch for lane closings and lane shifts from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

Give and Ride

The Ride On bus service in Montgomery County has begun a week-long campaign to collect food for needy families in exchange for free rides.

Through Saturday, passengers can place canned or nonperishable food into collection bags near the fare boxes. All donations during the Give and Ride campaign will be valued at the regular bus fare of $1.70. Riders who want to transfer will need to provide a second donation to ride free on the other bus.

The county government says the food will go to the Manna Food Center.

I-95/395 HOV lanes

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to continue closing sections of the I-95/395 high-occupancy vehicle lanes overnight for several more weeks.

The closings create work zones for test borings and survey work related to Virginia’s plan to convert the HOV lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes.

DC 295 lane closings

The District Department of Transportation plans to close the right lane and shoulder on northbound D.C. 295 between Benning Road and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue from 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for a work zone.

Maryland Route 50 paving

The Maryland State Highway Administration will be closing lanes at off-peak hours on Route 50 between the D.C. line and the Columbia Park Road interchange in Cheverly as part of a resurfacing project scheduled to be completed by late fall.

Starting today, watch for single-lane closings in both directions between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. As the project continues, overnight closings will occur Sundays through Thursdays.

Metro weekend work

Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn from 10 p.m. Friday through the system’s midnight closing Sunday. The Arlington Cemetery station will be closed. Crews will be replacing wooden rail ties in the area.

By  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

 
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