The week ahead for traffic, transit: Many lane closings, bus route changes

October 15, 2012
Beltway traffic
Traffic on the Capital Beltway near White Oak. (Linda Davidson/TWP)

After rain and wind on Monday, local travelers can look forward to a fine fall work week, the Capital Weather Gang says. Daytime temperatures will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Meanwhile, commuters are learning new travel patterns this week in several parts of the D.C. region.

Join me at noon Monday for our weekly online discussion about traffic and transit issues.

I-66 HOV ramp closed

The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed the left-lane high occupancy vehicle ramp from Interstate 66 East to the Capital Beltway’s inner loop so workers can convert it into a ramp for the 495 Express Lanes, which are scheduled to open by the end of the year.

So drivers who used that left exit must now move over so they can use the right-lane exit in the same area. This is likely to cause delays at what was already a delay-prone interchange.

 Beltway/Northwest Branch

The long-term project on the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring, the one with the speed cameras covering the work zone, no long divides the lanes with a construction barrier, but the lanes are shifted to the right. That eliminates the shoulder and still requires that drivers use extra caution, even during hours when there’s no work underway. The project should be done by the end of the year.

Fairfax Connector changes

My colleague Mark Berman reported these schedule and route changes for the Fairfax Connector, effective Monday.

● Route 231: Service to the Landsdowne and Island Creek neighborhoods along Morning View and View Lane will be eliminated after 6:45 a.m. Route 335 will serve the neighborhoods after 6:45 a.m.

● Route 232: Service to the Landsdowne and Island Creek neighborhoods along Morning View and View Lane is eliminated before 6 p.m. Route 335 will serve the neighborhoods before 6 p.m.

● Route 333: Routing- and schedule-altering service to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, the Saratoga Park and Ride, and other locations. Elimination of service to several points, including Boston Boulevard, the Fairfax County Parkway and Rolling Road.

● Route 334: Schedule and routing changes, including removal of service from Boston Boulevard, Fullerton Road and Rolling Road.

Wilson Bridge project

One of the oldest and biggest projects in the region, the reconstruction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the four nearest interchanges, continues this fall with work focused on the Telegraph Road interchange.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, a lane is scheduled to close on northbound Telegraph Road between East Drive and Duke Street. On the southbound side in that same area, watch for a lane closing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then again from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Silver Line construction

The Dulles Metrorail project is continuing work on the new Metrorail stations along Route 123 and Route 7 in Tysons. Drivers should watch for off-peak lane closings day and night. Several lanes of Route 123 between Colshire Drive and Old Meadow Road are scheduled to close from 9:30 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday for work on the pedestrian bridge connecting with the new McLean station.

Route 28/Wellington Road

Drivers on Route 28 (Nokesville Road) in Manassas should watch for a change in the traffic pattern on the new overpass at Wellington Road. Traffic heading south on Route 28 will be directed over the new bridge. Traffic heading to Wellington Road from southbound Route 28 will go over the bridge and turn left at the new traffic signal onto the new Wellington Road Connector.

Wellington Road traffic heading to Route 28 will turn onto the new Wellington Road Connector just east of the new bridge, and either turn left to go south or right to go north onto Route 28.

Cockrell Road will remain one-way from Route 28 for about three weeks until the new traffic signal is installed. It will then be converted to two-way traffic two and from Route 28, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

The overpass project, designed to eliminate the at-grade railroad crossing and improve safety for drivers and pedestrians, is scheduled to be done in November.

D.C. bridge inspections

The District Department of Transportation is doing routine bridge and ramp safety inspections from Tuesday through Oct. 24. Drivers may find single lanes closed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at these locations this week.

On Tuesday, along the southbound Anacostia Freeway (Interstate 295); on Wednesday, along the northbound freeway; on Thursday, along the 14th Street Bridge in the right-hand lane westbound; on Friday, in the bridge’s right-hand lane eastbound.

Parking discussion

The District Department of Transportation and the Greater Greater Washington blog plan to host an hour-long online chat at noon Thursday about the future of D.C. parking. DDOT said it hopes to use the public’s comments to help shape parking policies and programs.

 The transportation department also has been holding a series of “think tanks” in various communities to discuss how best to use street parking space.The last of those is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW.

This is leading toward a report to the public on parking management.

 Route 234 lane closing

Starting Thursday, the right lane of southbound Route 234 (Dumfries Road) at Country Club Drive (Route 1450) is scheduled to be closed. The Virginia Department of Transportation said the closing will continue through mid-December while workers build a retaining wall and a  path. Two of the three travel lanes will remain open at all times during peak hours.

Metro weekend work

Metro has several major projects scheduled for this coming weekend: On the Red Line, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. On the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. On the Green Line, trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park as workers build a track to test the new Metrorail cars.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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