Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips
In a New York Ave. minute
For months, drivers who steer 65,000 vehicles over the New York Avenue Bridge in Northeast Washington have been bracing for work that will add delays of 15 to 30 minutes — on top of those that are a regular occurrence on that major commuter artery. Remember that by Monday, the bridge will be down one lane in each direction, and it will be that way for about two years.
To lure some drivers who use the thoroughfare to Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains, buses, vanpools or Metro, officials are offering $50 monthly toward those fares to the first 2,000 eligible applicants. You can apply at www.nyavebr.com. Applicants are also offered advice on coping with the construction.
The District Department of Transportation is seeking feedback from Southeast residents on transportation improvements. A final public meeting as part of the Far Southeast II Livability Study is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1800 Martin Luther King Ave. SE.
DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will also hold public meetings this week on improvements for the South Capitol Street corridor, including replacement of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. The meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, 401 I Street SW; and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Place SE. More information, including the most recent reports, are available at www.southcapitoleis.com.
Alexandria continues installing multispace parking meters throughout Old Town through the end of May. Where multispace meters are installed, parking rates will increase to $1.75 per hour, payable by credit card, bills or coins.
In areas that have the old-style single-space meters, the rate will be $1.25 per hour until the multispace parking meters replace them.
In the District, drivers will soon be able to use a cellphone to pay for any of the city’s almost 17,000 on-street, metered parking spots. A pay-by-mobile-phone pilot program is in place in Foggy Bottom, at Georgetown University Hospital and around Nationals Park. In June, DDOT will begin rolling it out at additional locations.
The right lane of Interstate 95 North will be closed Monday through Thursday between Gordon Boulevard (Route 123) and one mile south of the Fairfax County Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The right-most southbound lane on the same stretch will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A reversible lane will be closed Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The closures are for paving and bridge work as part of a $123 million project that will add a fourth lane in both directions to a six-mile segment of the highway. The improvements are intended to improve traffic flow to the Springfield Interchange.
Dulles Access Road work
As work on Metrorail’s new Wiehle Avenue Station continues, there are lane closures on both sides of the road that could throw drivers for a loop. A portion of the right lane of the westbound Dulles International Airport Access Highway will be closed to provide dump truck access starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., and then a portion of the left lane will close from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On the eastbound side between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., watch for closings of the right and left lanes so that concrete can be poured.
Route 355 widening
Two lanes of Route 355 between Travis and Christopher avenues in Gaithersburg will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday so widening of the road can take place.
VRE trial fare program
Virginia Railway Express needs volunteers to test a proposed ticketing program that would allow riders to board the commuter trains using SmarTrip cards.
Those interested in participating in the trial can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. VRE officials ask riders to include their name, e-mail and daytime phone number.
For more transportation news, go to washingtonpost.com/transportation.