Correction to This Article
A headline in this column misstated the county in which a section of New Hampshire Avenue is being worked on. The stretch between Milestone Drive and Venice Drive is in Montgomery County, not Prince George's County.


Workers dig a trench along the frontage road of Route 7 in Tysons Corner in preparation for the new Silver Line.
Workers dig a trench along the frontage road of Route 7 in Tysons Corner in preparation for the new Silver Line. (By Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post)
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dulles Rail Construction

The new Metrorail line in Northern Virginia is becoming more visible. The traffic lanes of eastbound Route 7 in front of Pike Seven Plaza in Tysons Corner are shifting to accommodate utility work in the right lane.

This means the right lane will be closed and traffic shifted toward the median. To maintain three lanes eastbound, a new lane will be carved out of the median in the construction area, although there will still be a median to divide eastbound and westbound traffic.

This new pattern, which commuters should see this week, will remain for about nine months. Virginia transportation officials are extremely confident that they will receive final approval very soon from the Federal Transit Administration, leading to full financing for the first phase of the project, taking Metrorail through Tysons and out to Wiehle Avenue along the Dulles Toll Road.

Bus Changes Coming

The Metro board is scheduled to vote Thursday to eliminate Metrobus Route N22, which many people use to connect with jobs in the Navy Yard area of Southeast Washington or to reach Nationals Park. The District plans to start a Circulator bus route along that corridor.

New Beltway Ramp

The ramp from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to Landover Road has been reconfigured. This is part of the $26.5 million project to turn Arena Drive into a full-time exit rather than one open only for events at FedEx Field. The overall project should be done in the fall.

The outer-loop ramp to eastbound Landover Road (exit 17A) leads to a new "T" intersection at the top of the ramp, controlled by a traffic signal. The new pattern will allow outer-loop traffic to head east or west on Landover Road by using the one ramp from the Beltway.

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