Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips

LaHood offers help

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood offered Department of Transportation help in resolving the dispute over where to put the Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport. “This project will not stop because of the location of a train station,” he told members of the Dulles Area Transportation Association at the business and civic group’s 25th anniversary celebration Thursday night. “This is as important a project as we have anywhere in the country.”

Noting that the federal government has made a $900 million investment in the Dulles Metrorail extension, he offered to have the Department of Transportation convene a meeting of all the stakeholders disagreeing over the cost and location of the airport station to get the matter resolved.

Beltway/Telegraph Road

The Wilson Bridge project will cause some lane closings and traffic shifts around the Telegraph Road interchange next weekend to prepare for the new ramp opening from Telegraph Road South to North Kings Highway and for roadway construction.

The opening of the ramp will permanently eliminate the left turn from Telegraph South onto North Kings Highway, lengthening green-light time for Telegraph Road travelers.

For southbound drivers on Telegraph Road, the turn to North Kings Highway will be the first right after crossing the Cameron Run Bridge, while the turn to Huntington Avenue will be the second right. The new ramp is scheduled to be open by 5 a.m. May 16, but the weekend work is likely to cause local traffic delays, and it would be a good idea to use alternative routes.

Metrobus hearings

Metro and transportation agencies in the District and Maryland have scheduled two public meetings this week about their Metrobus A and Y Line studies to improve bus service along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington and Georgia Avenue in Maryland.

The sessions continue a string of efforts to improve Metrobus service on some of the most heavily used lines. They are not related to the public hearings on Metro’s operating budget for fiscal 2012, coming up this month.

The session on the future of the A Line is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Pl. SE. The session on the Y Line is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Wheaton, 10914 Georgia Ave.

connector/Notley Rd.

The Maryland State Highway Administration this weekend is finishing the paving for a new bridge on Notley Road in Montgomery County over the future route of the Intercounty Connector. Later this spring and summer, the detour roadway will be completely removed and new curbing and sidewalk completed along northbound Notley Road.

The portion of the connector project in that area, between Georgia Avenue and Route 29, is about 75 percent done.

Bike beat car, bus

Monday’s bike-car-bus commuting challenge in Reston, previewed here last week, went to Bruce Wright on his bicycle, as Wright, the chairman of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, had expected it would. Wright had organized the competitive commute of about three miles to promote commuter cycling and the May 20 Bike to Work Day.

The other contestants were Virginia Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax), who drove his hybrid vehicle, and Reston Association President Kathleen Driscoll McKee, who rode the Fairfax County RIBS2 bus. Kerie Hitt, also with Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, participated as another cyclist. The trip to Reston Town Center took Wright just over 13 minutes. Hitt arrived 31 / 2 minutes later, Wright said. Plum got there in 19 minutes. McKee’s trip took 50.

For more transportation news, visit washingtonpost.com/transportation.

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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