D.C. street closings, I-95 rest area changes: Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips

Robert Thomson
Columnist September 8, 2012
D.C. triathlon

The Nation’s Triathlon, which involves streets around the Mall and continues through Georgetown and along the Clara Barton Parkway, is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Sunday in West Potomac Park.

Ohio Drive is scheduled to be closed between Inlet Bridge and Independence Avenue from 10 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday.

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These streets are scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Sunday and reopen by 2 p.m.: Whitehurst Freeway, Clara Barton Parkway to ­Carderock, Canal Road between M Street NW and Clara Barton Parkway, Potomac River Freeway, Parkway Drive, 27th Street NW between K Street and Virginia Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway between Independence Avenue and Calvert Street, 23rd Street NW between Memorial Circle and Independence Avenue, 15th Street between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue, Independence Avenue between the Potomac River and 15th Street, Maine Avenue between 15th Street NW and Ohio Drive, Ohio Drive between Haines Point and Inlet Bridge.

Adams Morgan Day

The Adams Morgan Day Festival is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Sunday on 18th Street NW between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue.

These street closings will be in effect from 4 a.m. to about 9 p.m. Sunday: 1800 block of Belmont Street, 1800 block of Wyoming Avenue, 1800 block of Vernon Street, 1700 block of Euclid Street and California Street between Florida Avenue and 19th Street.

I-95 rest area

The Maryland Transportation Authority has signed a new private partner, Areas USA, to renovate and operate its Interstate 95 rest areas, the Maryland House in Aberdeen and the Chesapeake House in North East.

At midnight Sept. 15, the Maryland House will close for a reconstruction scheduled to last more than a year. The Chesapeake House, the rest area closer to Delaware, will remain open (but the gas stations will be closed from 12:01 to 6 a.m. Sept. 16.)

Bethesda Parking

Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda and Miller avenues in Bethesda has closed for 20 months for a construction project that will more than triple the number of public parking spaces in the lots across from the Barnes & Noble bookstore.

The Capital Crescent Trail, next to the parking area, will remain open during the project, which is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation says it has improved nearby parking options to ease the impact of the construction. At the Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage, 103 long-term spaces have been converted to four-hour spaces, and a message system at the garage entrance displays how many parking spaces are available (wish we had that for Metro garages).

E-ZPass incentive

Drivers who open a Virginia E-ZPass account in September and get either the regular transponder or the new E-ZPass Flex for carpooling in the 495 Express Lanes can receive two toll-free weeks of travel on the express lanes early next year.

This offer from the Express Lanes operator is part of a program to prepare drivers for the system on the west side of the Beltway, which will be unique in the D.C. region.

To be eligible for the toll-free weeks, drivers must sign up for the incentive on the 495 Express Lanes Web site, www.495express lanes.com/offer, and also open a Virginia E-ZPass account. Drivers can get a transponder at the Virginia E-ZPass Web site, www.ezpass­va.­com. Transponders are also available at AAA Mid-Atlantic stores, some Wegmans in Northern Virginia, ­E-ZPass customer service centers and the Department of Motor Vehicles in Tysons Corner.

Drivers can find the complete rules on the Express Lanes Web site. The two weeks covered by the deal run Jan. 7-20.

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