Dr. G's tips
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Travel in Tysons
Route 7 lane shift
All three eastbound lanes of Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) between Spring Hill Road and Route 123 are shifting about 40 feet to the right to prepare for construction of the Tysons Central 7 Metrorail station in the Route 7 median. The traffic shift will remain for the next three years.
This summer, a similar lane shift will occur on Route 7 in the area of Spring Hill and Tyco roads to make room for construction of the Tysons West Station. All five of the stations in the first phase of the rail project will be under construction by late fall.
Beltway bridge demolition
Traffic on the Capital Beltway's outer loop has been shifted to a new bridge over Route 123 and the ramps have been adjusted. Next weekend, the old Beltway bridge is scheduled to be demolished. That will require the complete closing of Route 123 at the Beltway from 9:30 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. June 14.
Traffic in and out of Tysons will be detoured. Drivers leaving the shopping areas will be directed to Route 7. McLean traffic heading into Tysons will be directed to Georgetown Pike (Route 193). Expect delays navigating the Route 123 and I-495 interchange.
After the demolition, workers will start building a new bridge as well as a HOT lane connection at the Westpark Drive bridge.
The HOT lanes project creates little adventures all along the western side of the Beltway in Virginia. At the Braddock Road/Beltway interchange, the eastbound lanes of Braddock are shifting this weekend to the new bridge.
Orange Line service
There will be no Orange Line service between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations throughout Sunday. Next Saturday and Sunday, Metrorail will again shut off service between the stations while Dulles Metrorail construction continues in the area where the new line is expected to connect with the Orange Line by 2013.
Metro will operate free shuttle buses between the stations Sunday and next weekend, but riders should add at least 30 minutes to their travel times.
It would be best not to park at Vienna, Dunn Loring or West Falls Church, the stations west of the disruption. One option is to drive east to the Franconia-Springfield Station on the Blue Line or the Huntington Station on the Yellow Line for the rail trip downtown.
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The reconstruction of Ohio Drive caused a lot of disruption for drivers in the District during the past week. The project affects the roadways between Independence Avenue SW at Ohio Drive SW, near the Lincoln Memorial, up to the southern end of Rock Creek Parkway, south of the Kennedy Center.