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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/21/2011

The weekend and beyond

Good Friday won’t be so good weather-wise, and Saturday will transition into a Easter Sunday with temperatures as high as the lower 80s, the Capital Weather Gang predicts.

Metro continues its long-term maintenence work this weekend, so be aware if you’ve planning on heading downtown this holiday weekend, and don’t miss the last train or your transfer if you’re out on the town Friday or Saturday nights. We’ve also got work ramping up on major commuter arteries, which could be problematic for those leaving town for Easter.

Single-tracking on Blue and Red lines

Stretches of Metro’s Blue and Red lines will single-track from 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday night.

Red Line trains will single-track between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Twinbrook for platform repairs at White Flint, and between New York Ave-Floria Ave-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood for work on Rhode Island Ave.’s aerial structure.

Blue Line trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant while repairs are made to slabs under the rails to smoothen the ride.

Blue Line trains will operate about every 15 minutes during the day and 20 minutes at night; Red Line trains will operate every 16 minutes except between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when they will run every eight minutes. Don’t rely on Metro’s online trip planner to plan for this work, though: It won’t reflect the modified schedule.

New York Ave. Bridge

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, crews will be active on the New York Avenue Bridge in Northeast, setting up a new pattern that could slow traffic between 15 and 30 minutes for about two years.

By Monday morning, New York Avenue between Florida Avenue and Penn Street NE should lose one lane in each direction, according to D.C. officials.

Act quickly, though, and you could get $50 deposited on your SmarTrip card monthly during the project for alternate transportation.

Other options include Montana Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street; West Virginia Avenue to Florida Avenue; South Dakota Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street; or I-295 to two potential exits: Benning Road or East Capitol Street.

University Blvd. lane closures starting Monday

Westbound lane 3 will be closed next week at Franklin St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and between Caddington Ave. and Eisen St. from Tuesday through Friday. Eastbound lanes 1 and 2 will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday between New Hampshire Ave. and 14th Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rte. 355 North widening

Through April 29th, lanes 1 and 3 of Rte. 355 Northbound will be closed from Travis Ave. to Christopher Ave from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

East-West Highway

Several lanes of Md. 410 will be closed from Toledo Rd. to Queens Chapel Rd. Monday through Thursday for a bridge inspection.

I-66 and Dulles Connector Road lane closures

The left lanes of I-66 both East and West will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday near the Dulles Connector Road. During the same time period, the right lane of the eastbound Dulles Connector Road will be closed for 2,000 feet east of Idylwood Road to access the West Falls Church Yard. Starting Sunday, the rightmost left turn lane of the ramp from the eastbound Dulles Access Road to Leesburg Pike will be closed until further notice.

I-495 North to Old Meadow Rd. off-ramp

The right turn lane will be closed from 100 feet north of the ramp on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for curb and sidewalk restoration.

New Montgomery County laws take effect Sunday

There are new restrictions on heavy commercial and recreational vehicles in residential areas; storing unusable and unregistered vehicles on residential properties; and paving front yards in Montgomery County.Many of the regulations start Sunday.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/21/2011

 
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