Dr. G's tips

Dr. G's travel tips for the upcoming week

Sunday, July 18, 2010

14th Street bridge

Commuters on the northbound 14th Street bridge should find a new traffic pattern this week as the bridge rehabilitation project moves into its next phase. Drivers heading north on I-395 will see the lane blockage move into the third lane from the right.

For about the past month, a section of the second lane from the right has been closed. There still will be four lanes open during peak periods, but the project now involves periodic closings of different lane sections.

Kenilworth Avenue

Watch for overnight lane closings through Friday on Kenilworth Avenue (DC-295) where the District Department of Transportation is rebuilding the Eastern Avenue Bridge. Two lanes will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., so finding an alternative route would be best. Through traffic will be directed to use the service roads. Workers will be installing the new, pre-cast bridge structure above Kenilworth Avenue.

Dulles Metrorail

This is an especially active time for the Metrorail construction project. Here are some highlights.

-- Route 123: The southbound lanes at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) overpass are being shifted to the right by one lane for about three months. This will establish a work zone in the median for railway pier construction. Once this lane shift is complete and the pier construction begins, watch for daytime left-lane closings on southbound Route 123 around this work area.

The nearby ramp from southbound Route 123 to the eastbound Dulles Connector Road will remain closed through October. That's beyond the original schedule, which had the ramp reopening this summer. The rail project managers and the Virginia Department of Transportation agreed to keep it closed longer. Otherwise, the ramp would have to be closed periodically for additional work on the railway piers.

-- Route 7: Workers will resume overnight paving this week along both directions of Leesburg Pike between the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) and Route 123, as well as on adjacent roads and service roads.

The two-year-long utility relocation program along the pike is nearly done. Next up: Widening the road for the two Metro stations and the railway piers.

-- Dulles Access Road: Drivers heading to Dulles International Airport will encounter lane shifts near Wiehle Avenue. The shifts expand the work zone for the station construction.

BW Parkway/Ridge Road

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to activate temporary traffic signals at the Ridge Road bridge over the Baltimore Washington Parkway, probably on Monday. The signals at each end of the bridge, which is near Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, will alternate traffic across one lane during the bridge reconstruction.

The deck replacements are part of a $1.2 million project to rehabilitate the two bridge spans. The highway administration points out that there could be more than 350 road work zones in Maryland during the summer. Many of the work zones are small, and sometimes mobile. Drivers come up on them quickly. Watch out for the workers.

Rockville Pike interchange

Two weeks of overnight work on the ramp from southbound Rockville Pike to Hoya Street is scheduled to include lane closings in the ramp area starting July 25. The closings will occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and continue for two weeks.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is building an interchange that will put Randolph Road and Montrose Parkway beneath Rockville Pike, loosening some of the traffic knots. The project is scheduled to be done at the end of the year.

Baltimore Avenue

Expect to see single lane closings along Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) between East-West Highway (Route 410) and Albion Road, near Prince George's Plaza, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

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