The week ahead: Emancipation Day rules, road work, Fairfax bus meetings


Drivers along the route of the Silver Line, seen here at the Wiehle Avenue station, will encounter lane closings this week. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post.)

 

[This post has been updated.]

Travelers have a classic spring week ahead of them: Mild, with clouds and occasional showers, and maybe a thundershower or two, the Capital Weather Gang says. The 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival is over. The Nationals and the Wizards are on the road. The Capitals play at Verizon Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Here are some of the traffic and transit issues travelers should know about for the work week.

D.C. Emancipation Day

Tuesday is Emancipation Day in the District. All the normal rush hour traffic and parking restrictions will be in effect. However, other parking regulations, including expired meters, residential parking and street sweeping rules, will be suspended for the holiday. The Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed.

A holiday parade and festival will close some streets between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday: E Street NW from 14th to 13th streets,Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 14th to 12th streets,13th Street NW from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

These streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Constitution Avenue NW from Ninth Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, Seventh Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW.

These streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to Third Street NW, all streets crossing Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th to Fourth street between E Street and Constitution Avenue.

Street Smart

This spring’s Street Smart law enforcement campaign continues through May 13. Across the D.C. region, officers will be paying special attention to traffic law violations. They pay special attention to crosswalk violations by motorists and cyclists, as well as to jaywalking pedestrians. Fines range from $40 to $500, depending on the type of the violation, and drivers can lose points on their licenses.

Silver Line lane closings

The Dulles Metrorail project has scheduled many day and night lane closings this week along the route of the Silver Line, scheduled to open late this year. Here are a  few of the ones that may affect your travels.

Interstate 66. The left lanes on both sides will be closed overnights between Great Falls Street and Route 267. Workers will be removing temporary traffic barriers and installing permanent guardrails.

Dulles Connector Road (Route 267). The left lanes on the eastbound side between Magarity and Idylwood roads are scheduled to close at off-peak hours weekdays. Also, the left lane on the connector road will be closed between Magarity Road and Pimmit Run.

Route 7 (Leesburg Pike). Watch for day and night lane closings in several spots, including along roads that intersect with Route 7 in Tysons Corner, between Westwood Center Drive and the Route 123 overpass. Workers will be installing the foundations for light poles and putting in permanent sidewalks.

Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). Night-time drivers may encounter lane closings near Tysons Boulevard and International Drive, where crews will be working on the pedestrian bridge, station canopy and roadways.

Wisconsin Avenue

The District Department of Transportation announced that it has made some changes in the traffic pattern on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park to deal with safety concerns.

Parking is now restricted on the northbound side between Calvert Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Only the D.C. Circulator buses are allowed to make left turns from the northbound side of Wisconsin Avenue at 35th Street. There’s now a deceleration lane for drivers entering the Whole Foods parking garage at 2323 Wisconsin Ave., just south of Calvert Street.

D.C. bridge, tunnel inspections

The District Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of inspections for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here are the dates and locations, where drivers will encounter lane closings.

  • Tuesday: M Street SE over South Capitol Street. Watch for alternating right and left lane closings on the northbound side of South Capitol Street.
  • Wednesday: E Street NW over Interstate 395. Watch for alternating right and left lane closings on the northbound side of the Interstate.
  • Thursday: 11th Street SE over Interstate 695 (Southeast-Southwest Freeway): Watch for alternating right and left lane closings on the eastbound freeway and a right lane closing on the westbound side.
  • April 23: I-395 (Mall tunnel exit) to eastbound I-695. Watch for right and left lane closings from southbound I-395 to eastbound I-695 and a left-lane closing at the I-395 exit from eastbound I-695.

Farragut North elevators

Two elevators inside the Red Line’s Farragut North station have joined the list of those under repair in the Metrorail system. See the full list of elevators and escalators under repair.

During the Farragut North project, scheduled to continue through July, a free shuttle bus will be available on request from the Dupont Circle station. To request it, ask any station manager or call 202-962-1825. Riders also could use Metrobus 42 to get between Farragut North and Dupont Circle.

Silver Spring crossing

Forest Glen Road/Linden Lane at the CSX railroad crossing just north of the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring is closed this month while CSX rebuilds the roadway. Watch for detour signs.

The Montgomery County government requested the repairs because the road was badly deteriorated, but they couldn’t be done without shutting it down temporarily.

During the reconstruction, the county plans to finish the sidewalk on the south side of the road to provide a separate path for pedestrians and cyclists so they won’t have to walk or ride in travel lanes.

Fairfax bus meetings

The newly revised alignment of Fairfax County Connector bus routes, designed to match up with the Metro Silver Line stations when they open, will be the subject of seven community discussions, starting this coming week. With the exception of the online chat, each is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

  • Monday, Reston Community Center, Hunter Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston.
  • Wednesday, Herndon Council Chambers Building, 765 Lynn St., Herndon.
  • Thursday, 2 p.m., Ask Fairfax! online discussion, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/askfairfax.
  • Thursday, Reston Community Center Lake Anne, JoAnn Rose Library, 1609A Washington Plaza, Reston.
  • April 22, Westbriar Elementary School, 1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna.
  • April 23, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean.
  • April 24, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

D.C. streetcars

The final phase of construction to prepare for the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line is underway along the corridor in Northeast Washington.

The work includes construction of a streetcar platform for boarding on H Street near Union Station, on the west side of the line. The track alignment there will allow the streetcars to reverse direction and head east, toward Benning Road.

During this phase of construction, I (Eye) Street will be open to two-way traffic between Third and Fifth streets. The block of Third Street between H and I streets will be restricted to local traffic, as will the block of Third Street between G and H streets.

Watch for other temporary restrictions as preparations continue into the fall.

Street sweeping

Montgomery County has begun its annual spring cleaning of residential streets, removing some of the sand and road grit left over from winter. The program removes about 2,000 tons of material that could otherwise wash into streams, and the streets certainly look a lot better after the sweepers come through.

When the sweepers are in the neighborhood, it’s a good idea to get cars off the streets, where possible, so the sweepers can move along the curbs.

Watch for signs on the telephone poles advising residents that the trucks will be coming through.

Weekend track work

[This section updated.]

With the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Metro will resume its weekend track work program. The original plan for major work, the kind that shuts stations and splits lines, has been expanded. Metro also announced the plan for projects that require trains to share tracks.

On the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between Rosslyn and Virginia Square. The Court House and Clarendon stations will be closed. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Gallery Place and Union Station. Judiciary Square station will be closed.

On the Blue and Yellow lines, trains will share a track between Braddock Road and Pentagon City. The Yellow Line will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only.

On the Green Line, trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park.

 

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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