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Dr. Gridlock’s traffic and transit tips: Beltway paving, biking to work

Beltway/Telegraph Road

Drivers who pass through the Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction zone on the Capital Beltway have been asking when all the lanes will be open. Here’s the next step in what will be a busy construction season: Project managers hope to complete paving of the through lanes on the inner loop between U.S. 1 and Telegraph Road over the weekend of June 1-3.

Stay away. The weekend work could back up traffic across the Potomac River into Maryland. The plan is to open a temporary second local lane in the work zone to ease traffic congestion, but the going will be slow.

Some drivers coming from `Maryland toward Virginia might well prefer to use a combination of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and 14th Street bridge, or drive to the west side of the Beltway and cross the Potomac on the American Legion Bridge.

Bike to Work Day

More than 10,000 commuters are likely to participate in Friday’s annual Bike to Work Day. The regional event gives them a chance to experience a cycling trip to work without the anxiety of doing it solo.

Participants will gather into convoys at 58 designated pit stops and make their voyages in the company of experienced guides. Register online and get details about the gathering places at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.

ICC signs

A reader who uses Maryland’s new Intercounty Connector for twice-a-month trips between Laurel and Rockville wrote in to say there don’t seem to be signs for gas, food or hospitals, as there are on other highways.

The traveler also asked about mile markers. I knew they existed but hadn’t thought about a need for other signs, given that the highway is only 18 miles long. So I asked the Maryland Transportation Authority about signage.

John C. Sales, a spokesman for the authority, wrote back to say that there are “H” signs — the generic ones indicating a nearby medical facility — at the Georgia Avenue interchange. But so far, he said, there doesn’t appear to be a need for other service signs on the ICC.

“We would certainly evaluate the need for such a sign if a particular service becomes difficult to locate,” he said.

Fairfax Parkway

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be paving the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield during the day this week, including part of the afternoon rush hours.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, paving will be underway on both sides of the parkway between the Pohick Road and Rolling Road overpasses. Drivers will encounter alternating single-lane closings.

During the same hours, paving also will be underway on the adjacent Franconia-Springfield Parkway East from the Rolling Road overpass to the Accotink Creek bridge.

Lost SmarTrips

A Metro rider got an idea from the letter about a stolen SmarTrip card that appeared in my Local Living column Thursday. When she read about the plight of the rider who lost her card at the National Gallery of Art and learned shortly afterward that it had been used to give some thief a free ride on the Yellow Line, she decided on a strategy to limit the loss if her own card were stolen.

When a rider calls 888-762-7874 to report the missing card, it helps to know the registration number from the back of the card. Who has that memorized?

So she said she immediately took out her card and entered the number into her cellphone in the notes area of a new contact listing. She calls the contact “Smart Card Loss.”

Seven Locks road

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is repaving Seven Locks Road in Potomac this month. Workers are patching pavement, milling the road surface, removing a couple of inches to improve drainage, then repaving and adding back the lane markings.

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