Dr. G's tips

Sunday, October 24, 2010; 12:03 AM

Army 10-Miler

Metro opens at 6 a.m. today, an hour early, to help get people to the annual Army 10-Miler race. Also, there will be extra service on the Blue Line.

Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated temporarily to Pentagon City until Arlington County reopens the roads closed for the event about 2 p.m. The Pentagon Metrorail station will remain open.

Participants and spectators who take Metrorail to the race should exit at Pentagon or Pentagon City on the Blue and Yellow lines. Parking is free on weekends at Metro's parking lots and garages.

The race begins at 8 a.m., and South Eads Street from Army/Navy Drive into the Pentagon was scheduled to close at 4:30 a.m. Washington Boulevard between Interstate 395 and the Memorial Bridge in both directions, Columbia Pike east of Joyce Street, and I-395's southbound HOV lanes were scheduled to close by 5:30 a.m.

Tysons lane shifts

Watch for the changing traffic patterns in Tysons Corner. The lanes have shifted along westbound Route 7 between Route 123 and Westpark Drive to accommodate construction of the new Metrorail line.

Another Route 7 shift is scheduled to occur this weekend from the west side to the east side of Westpark Drive. In mid-November, another shift is scheduled from the east side of Westpark Drive to Spring Hill Road. These lane shifts are creating a wider median for construction of two train stations.

Ohio Drive

The roadway reconstruction near the Lincoln Memorial is in its final stages. The ramps to and from Lincoln Memorial Circle have been reopened.

Georgia Ave./randolph rd.

A lane shift on eastbound Randolph Road between Denley Road and Georgia Avenue will continue through November. During this time, the Maryland State Highway Administration says, right turns from eastbound Randolph Road to Grandview Avenue and Judson Road are restricted. Judson Road and Grandview Avenue between Newton Street and Randolph Road are closed to through traffic.

Rhode island ave. station

The bus bays at the Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail station will shift for five months starting Monday as construction continues on a new parking garage, a ground transportation service area, and a housing and retail development next to the station.

The bus boarding area and the Kiss & Ride will be across the parking lot near the station entrance. The Kiss & Ride area will continue to accommodate parking, car-sharing, taxis, and passenger pick-up and drop-off during the construction, which began in April. Work on the parking garage should be done in June 2011. The rest of the project should be done by the summer of 2012.

November track work

The Blue and Orange lines again will be disrupted by a Metro track work project. This one, scheduled the first weekend in November, is part of a long-term effort to stabilize a section of track between the Cheverly and Deanwood stations on the eastern side of the Metrorail system.

Some related work is scheduled for Halloween weekend, when Orange Line trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, causing some delays. But the big impact on riders will occur the following weekend, from 10 p.m. Nov. 5 through the midnight closing Nov. 7.

During those hours, Metro will close the Orange Line between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton, and there will be no Blue Line service between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. The Benning Road Station will stay open.

Orange Line trains will operate between Vienna and Stadium-Armory. The Blue Line will be split in two. Trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory, and also between Largo Town Center and Benning Road.

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