Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Return

While drivers do stagger their homebound trips at the end of their Thanksgiving holidays, Sunday afternoon is still a prime time for highway congestion. Among the most likely chokepoints in the Washington area are Interstate 95 between Richmond and the Springfield Interchange, the Telegraph Road interchange on the Capital Beltway's outer loop, Interstate 66 both eastbound and westbound, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Interstate 270 approaching the Beltway and much of the Beltway itself across Montgomery County.

Wilson Bridge

Avoid the Capital Beltway at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge for the first two weekends in December. That's when project managers are planning to do the lane painting and the sign placement that will guide drivers onto the new through lanes.

If the weather isn't too cold or wet, the work will be done on the outer loop during the first weekend in December and on the inner loop the next.

At the end of each weekend, that loop's two new through lanes should be open to traffic.

December Track Work

The transit agency will be replacing a switch at Friendship Heights Station and replacing crossties between Vienna and West Falls Church, two activities that will cause lengthy delays on those portions of the Red and Orange lines during the first two weekends of December.

But that will be the end of the weekend work for the holiday month. There is no weekend track work scheduled after Dec. 14.

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