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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dulles rail construction

The Dulles Rail Project canceled closures last week planned for Interstate 66 westbound at the Dulles Connector Road in Northern Virginia. Overnight closings to accommodate construction of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport are scheduled to resume Tuesday, weather permitting.

Work crews are building large concrete structures that will straddle the highway and support the new line, which will extend Metro 23 miles to the airport and into Loudoun County. The first phase of the new line, through Tysons Corner, is expected to open in 2013.

11th Street Bridge Project

Work to replace the 11th Street bridges across the Anacostia River will require widespread closures on the bridges, the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Interstate 295/D.C.-295 and other streets during September.

According to the District Department of Transportation, daily closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. may include:

-- One lane in each direction of I-295/DC-295 between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road.

-- One lane of both the inbound and outbound bridges and connecting ramps.

-- One lane in each direction of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway from the Sixth Street exit to Pennsylvania Avenue.

-- Additional closures on Good Hope Road, N Street and O Street and during overnight hours.


Five stations on the northeastern end of the Red Line remain closed this weekend as Metro performs one of the largest maintenance projects in its history. The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Metro is running free shuttle buses to all stations between Fort Totten and Glenmont. Officials say anyone traveling through the work zone should add 40 minutes to their trips.

The Metrorail system will close one hour later than usual to accommodate fans attending Monday's Virginia Tech football game against Boise State University at FedEx Field. The rail system will close at 1 a.m. Tuesday. The last train departing the Largo Town Center Metrorail station will leave at 12:24 a.m., and the last train departing Morgan Boulevard will leave at 12:27 a.m., after the game.

Washington Nationals

The Nats return from the road to take on the New York Mets for a home stand that begins Labor Day. The first game of the three-day series is Monday, with a first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday's for 12:35 p.m. (which means that South Capitol Street traffic will really be tortuous as we head into the p.m. commute).

Then Friday, the Nationals begin a three-game series with the Florida Marlins. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 pm. Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Expect heavy traffic on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and around M Street and South Capitol Street, where the park is located. The Green Line's Navy Yard Station, closest to the park, will be very crowded, as will the transfer stations at L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place.

-- Compiled by The Post's Transportation team

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