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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 04/16/2012

The week ahead in traffic and transit

The Capital Weather Gang says this week will be mostly dry and mild, with Monday feeling a bit like summer. Several road projects start in earnest, and Metro resumes its schedule of weekend track work, following a sabbatical due to the cherry blossom events. Here’s a look at some of the projects in the week ahead.

Metro to resume weekend track work

Metro resume its weekend maintenance program Friday at 10 p.m.
● Red Line: Buses replace trains between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring. Crews work on ties, insulators, rail fasteners, switch resurfacing and station rehabilitation at Fort Totten and Takoma. Brookland, Fort Totten’s Red Line platform and Takoma stations are closed.

● Blue Line: Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn for replacement of rail ties. Arlington Cemetery station is closed.

New Metro garage in Glenmont

Local, state and federal officials marked the opening of a new parking garage at Glenmont station, adding $1,200 spaces. Glenmont now has a total of 3,000 spaces.

The garage is located on the west side of Georgia Avenue.

HOV lane closings to start Monday night

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close sections of the Interstate 95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle lanes starting Monday night.

The closings will continue from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The overnight closings, scheduled to last four to six weeks, will create work zones for test borings and survey work related to Virginia’s plan to convert the HOV lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes.

Tysons Corner construction

The construction of the Metro Silver Line through Tysons Corner is going to have an even greater impact on the local roads this week.Three right lanes at Route 7 and the ramp from eastbound Route 7 to eastbound Route 267 will close each night through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.. They will also be closed April 22-24 during the same hours.

Three left lanes will close April 25-27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, and then during the same hours on April 29 and April 30.

A complete closing of the eastbound lanes of the toll road and the right-most lane of the access highway is scheduled for the nights of May 1-3.

Detour: Traffic will funnel into a single lane and then head onto the eastbound access highway just west of Route 7. Then drivers will continue east to the Capital Beltway or Interstate 66.

Toll Road drivers heading to westbound Route 7 or Spring Hill Road will need to exit onto eastbound Route 7.

No Route 267 eastbound traffic will be allowed to travel past eastbound Route 7.

There will be more lane closings along the access highway in May.

Bethesda road work

The Maryland State Highway Administration is closing lanes on weeknights along Route 355 (Rockville Pike) north of Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda.

The closings are related to utility relocation and intersection reconstruction at Route 355 and Cedar Lane. The work is one of several state projects to ease Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s impact on traffic, a result of military base consolidation. Work will occur between Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge Road and will affect about a quarter-mile of Route 355. This phase should be done by late spring.

Maryland Route 50

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 Monday, 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.

Resurfacing project starts on BW Parkway

The National Park Service plans to begin a road-resurfacing project on the Baltimore-
Washington Parkway this week.

This project will affect the parkway from the D.C. line to the interchange at Route 450 (Annapolis Road).

The surface will be milled and overlaid with new asphalt. Signs will be replaced, and lanes will be striped.

Work hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Night work will occur from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Ramp detours can also be expected during off-peak times.

A minimum of one lane will remain open in each direction. The planned completion date for all work is mid-August.

Changes in Arlington bus routes

Change is coming to four Arlington Transit routes beginning Monday. The alterations include scheduling tweaks and the elimination of one bus stop. Here are the changes:

• ART 42: Additional times are being added to Route 42’s weekday schedule. The main change: The bus will no longer travel North Highland Street in Clarendon, but will use North Garfield Street instead. This will eliminate the stop at North Highland and 11th streets. The Saturday schedule won’t change. Here’s the new schedule.

• ART 52: There will be minor timing adjustments to better correspond to the bell schedule of Yorktown High School Here’s the new schedule.

• ART 75: There will be additional service during the middle of the day and in the evenings. Buses will run throughout weekdays until after 10 p.m. And the schedule will also better coincide with Wakefield High School’s bell schedule. Here’s the new schedule.

• ART 77: Saturday service will be added to this bus’s schedule running from 7 a.m. to 11:54 p.m. (to better help people get to Shirlington). This bus will also no longer head down North Highland Street in Clarendon, instead heading to North Garfield Street. Again, this eliminates the stop at North Highland and 11th streets. There will also be minor tweaks to the weekday schedule. Here’s the new schedule.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:21 PM ET, 04/16/2012

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