The week ahead for traffic, transit

Robert Thomson
Columnist July 22, 2013
Slow freeway commute

D.C. commuters are complaining about the lane closings on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. The District Department of Transportation said the lane closings, marked by traffic barrels and concrete barriers, are needed to create work zones while crews install variable message signs above the freeway.

The lane closings will continue in phases through the end of August. The phase launched Saturday is scheduled to continue till Aug. 10. During this period, the left-most lanes on both sides of the freeway near the South Capitol Street exit will remain closed.

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Starting this coming Saturday and continuing till Aug. 11, another phase will close the right lane on the westbound side of the freeway approaching the Third Street Tunnel.

The third phase, from Aug. 11 to Aug. 31, will close the right eastbound lane from the South Capitol Street exit to Sixth Street SE.

Metro weeknight delays

Metro track work will slow travel by about 10 minutes after 10 p.m. each night through Thursday. Here are the work zones where trains will share tracks.

Red Line. Between Van Ness and Friendship Heights and between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma.

Blue Line. Between Federal Center SW and Smithsonian and between Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield.

Orange Line. Between Federal Center SW and Smithsonian.

Green Line. Between Prince George’s Plaza and Fort Totten.

Weekend on Metrorail

The rail system’s rebuilding program will affect service between 10 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday.

Trains will leave the ends of the Red Line every 16 minutes throughout the weekend. Additional trains will be in service between Van Ness and Silver Spring between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so they should arrive every 10 minutes in that zone. On the Orange Line, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Vienna and Ballston. The Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations will be closed.

Green Line riders will have regular service between Branch Avenue and College Park, but fewer trains will operate between College Park and Greenbelt during the daytime.

Robert Thomson

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