Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips: D.C. pothole patching, Metro weekend projects

Potholepalooza in D.C.

Every highway department attacks potholes in the spring, but the District Department of Transportation turns pothole repairs into a month-long social event. People can report D.C. potholes on Facebook and Twitter. They can turn in a pavement problem via e-mail or online form. There’s an app, too. Worst comes to worst, they can make a phone call.

Then they can track the results on a DDOT Web page that displays a map, with differently colored pins marking “open potholes,” “pending potholes” and “closed potholes.” There’s as much information available online about individual potholes as there is about some of the region’s road projects.

Here’s a list of the ways that city residents and commuters can turn in an offending patch of pavement during the month-long campaign, known as Potholepalooza.

■Phone the Mayor’s Call Center at 311 in the District.

■Use the online Service Request Center at 311.dc.gov.

■Tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC.

■Send an e-mail to potholepalooza@dc.gov.

■Use the District’s new DC311 smartphone application, available for both iPhones and Android devices.

■Post a comment on the Potholpalooza Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Potholepalooza.

View the results by going to this Web page: gis.ddot.dc.gov/potholeapp.

Half Marathon Sunday

The Nike Women Half Marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 10th Street. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m., two hours early. (The event organizers pay for the extra service.) The nearest rail stations to the start are Federal Triangle, Metro Center and Archives.

While Metro has an extensive weekend maintenance program through Sunday night, there will be a short break Sunday morning on the Blue and Orange lines because of the special event. From 5 to 8 a.m., trains on those two lines will operate about every 12 minutes. At other hours this weekend, Blue and Orange Line trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations, causing delays.

But the weekend’s most extensive disruption is on the Red Line, where free shuttle buses are replacing trains between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Takoma.

Metro next weekend

An even bigger program of major track work is scheduled for next weekend. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont. The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen and Wheaton stations will be closed.

On the Green Line, buses will replace trains between Congress Heights and Branch Avenue. The Southern Avenue, Naylor Road, Suitland and Branch Avenue stations will be closed.

East-West Highway

Starting Sunday night, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to begin resurfacing a mile of East-West Highway between New Hampshire Avenue and Riggs Road.

The project, which began last summer, is replacing deteriorated pavement on the heavily traveled route between Takoma Park and Hyattsville. Work on this phase should be done in late June. In the meantime, drivers are likely to encounter lane closings overnights Sundays through Thursdays.

Eastern Shore route

Both westbound lanes of the Route 50 bridge over Route 301 have reopened. This occurred a few weeks ahead of schedule in a reconstruction project along the popular route to Eastern Shore beaches.

The $2.8 million replacement of the bridge deck started in late September, so the most disruptive work occurred during the year’s lightest travel times. However, some continuing work will require off-peak lane closings through fall, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

For more transportation news, go to washingtonpost.com/transportation.

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