Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips
95 Express Lanes
The 95 Express Lanes project, which will create high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 95 south of the Capital Beltway in Virginia, is scheduled to start overnight pile driving this week in Springfield, near Alban Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. This will continue weeknights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
During the work, the Fairfax County Parkway ramp to I-95 South will remain open to travelers, but the two right lanes of the southbound Interstate may be closed. Traffic stops of 15 to 30 minutes after midnight may occur for about a month. The entire project is scheduled to be done in 2014.
495 Express Lanes
Now that the 495 Express Lanes have opened, the lane operators have launched some new Web pages to address drivers’ concerns and questions.
Go to the Web site www.495expresslanes.com and click on “roadway info” to see the current traffic conditions along the west side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia. Click on the “i” icons on the map to see images of the toll rate signs. The tolls vary based on levels of traffic.
Click on the site’s “customer care” button to pay a missed toll or to contact the express lanes’ operators.
H Street parking
The District Department of Transportation has added H Street NE between Third and 15th streets and Benning Road to its performance-based parking zones. Rates at about 400 meters and the time restrictions for them will change to reflect demand in the entertainment district.
DDOT has installed more than 100 smart meters that allow payment by credit or debit cards as well as by coins. Motorists can also pay by phone.
All meters along the H Street corridor will require payment from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. There will be a two-hour parking limit from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. After 6:30 p.m., there are no time limits on any D.C. meters, but drivers must continue to pay till 10 p.m. (I know some people find this confusing. “No time limit” doesn’t equal “no pay.” It just means you can pay for a longer period.)
The rates are 75 cents per hour from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and $2 per hour from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Eastern Shore traffic
The Maryland State Highway Administration is replacing the bridge deck on westbound Route 50 over Route 301 in Queenstown on the Eastern Shore. On Monday and Tuesday nights, traffic on Route 301 will be detoured while workers install steel beams.
The first nighttime detour will be for traffic on northbound Route 301, and the second will be for traffic heading south. The Monday night detour will direct motorists to continue on eastbound Route 50 to a left on Route 213 before returning to Route 301. The Tuesday night detour will send the southbound traffic to a left on Route 456 to northbound Route 301, then Route 50 and back to southbound Route 301.
Rock Creek Parkway
The left southbound lane of Rock Creek Parkway is closed approaching Waterside Drive as part of a rehabilitation project. Drivers are allowed to use one northbound lane to go south during the morning rush. There may be some temporary closings of Waterside Drive at off-peak times to allow for construction deliveries.
The contractor is working on the electrical lines for lighting along the parkway. The lighting north of P Street is out. Work is scheduled to be done in January.
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge project has some major work coming at the Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange. From 9 p.m. Friday till 9 p.m. Sunday, Telegraph Road North is scheduled to close between the ramp to Eisenhower Avenue and Duke Street. At the same time, Telegraph Road South will be closed between Duke Street and Mill Road.
For more transportation news, visit washingtonpost.com/transportation.