Getting to the air show and other commuting advice

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Andrews Air Show

The popular annual event continues Sunday, with gates opening at 8 a.m. Park at FedEx Field or the Branch Avenue Metro station. Shuttles will run to and from Andrews Air Force Base. The ones to Andrews will stop at 2:30 p.m.; the ones from Andrews will continue until all attendees are off the flight line. There are shuttles available for the disabled. Consider taking Metrorail to Branch Avenue. Parking is free on weekends. The only track work delays will be between Greenbelt and College Park on the Green Line.

Kenilworth Avenue (DC 295)

Watch for a new traffic pattern on the southbound side near the Eastern Avenue bridge, which the District is rebuilding.

Traffic will be shifted to the left, and barriers will be put in place to accommodate upcoming construction on the right side of the road.

12th Street tunnel ramp

The ramp from Interstate 395 north to the 12th Street tunnel is closed until 4 a.m. Monday. Also closed this weekend is D Street SW, just east of 12th Street. Workers are replacing the bridge deck concrete on the ramp to the tunnel, part of the long-term rehabilitation of the 11th Street SW bridge.

The project is scheduled to be done at the end of June.

New Hampshire Avenue

Work will continue Saturday on the ramp from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to northbound New Hampshire Avenue. The ramp will close from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday as workers stabilize the right shoulder along the ramp where the ground washed out.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE

The District's Great Streets project is entering a new phase this weekend that will have a significant impact on drivers between 27th Street and Branch Avenue SE. The work will include the reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue and sidewalks on the south side. This means lane closings and a shift in the traffic pattern. Here's what commuters will encounter as of Monday:

-- The far-right eastbound lane and sidewalk will be closed and marked off with barriers.

-- Three travel lanes will be open at all times. A reversible lane will ensure that there are two lanes for peak traffic during rush hours. Watch the overhead green arrows and red X's to determine the correct inbound and outbound lanes.

Motorists should add about 15 minutes to their drive times during peak periods on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Beltway paving

This coming week, the Maryland State Highway Administration is scheduled to begin resurfacing 4.6 miles of the Beltway's outer loop between Branch Avenue and D'Arcy Road. The project also includes a half-mile of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Beltway and Old Marlboro Pike/Westphalia Road and the exit ramp from Forestville Road to the outer loop.

There's going to be some off-peak congestion. Watch for single lane closings on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. There may be double lane closings Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The project should be done by next spring.

This area was last resurfaced in 2001. The road project is one of many in the D.C. area supported by federal stimulus money. The largest in Maryland is a $25 million project to replace a 50-year-old bridge at the interchange of I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway) and Liberty Road.

Telegraph Road/Beltway

Heads up for next weekend: There will be some lane closures on the Beltway's inner loop just west of Telegraph Road from about 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, May 24. Workers will be doing concrete repairs to the Beltway bridge over Cameron Run. Traffic will be narrowed to one lane, which is likely to cause significant backups.

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