Driving Hot Spots

Here is a selection of road advisories. Weather and equipment availability can affect timing.

1. Darnestown Road

Alternating pattern with flagging operation 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Whites Ferry Road and the Montgomery-Frederick county line.

2. Route 1

Right southbound lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Contee Road.

3. Laurel Fort Meade Road

Two right westbound lanes closed and two left eastbound lanes closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Baltimore Avenue and Eighth Street.

4. Laurel Bowie Road

Right southbound lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Laurel Fort Meade and Muirkirk roads.

5. Laurel Bowie Road

Right southbound lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Tulip Grove Drive and Gradys Walk.

6. Capital Beltway (both loops)

Lane closures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and nighttime hours Sunday through Tuesday near Interstate 295 and Route 210.

7. Capital Beltway (inner loop)

Right lane closed 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday between Route 1 and the Wilson Bridge.

8. Telegraph Road

Alternating lane closures in both directions 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday between the Beltway and Lenore Lane.

9. Lenore Lane

Road closed in both directions between Telegraph Road and Timothy Place. A detour will be in place.

10. Springfield interchange

Possible lane closures 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

11. Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Lane closures Monday through Saturday on both spans. Updates available at www.mdtransportationauthority.com.

12. Independence Avenue SW

Non-rush-hour lane closures in both directions between 14th and 17th streets SW through fall 2006.

Transit Update

Metrorail:

Numerous Metrobus routes will change effective Dec. 18. including: D.C. routes 9A, A4, D8, M6, N22, S2, S4 and W4 and Virginia routes 2A, 7C, 12E, 12F, 12C, 12D, 12L, 12R, 12S, 13B, 13F, 13G, 16A, 16B, 16D, 16J and Richmond Highway Express (REX). For more information, call 202-637-7000 or visit www.wmata.com.

Tip of the Week

Metro will be testing new signs, announcements and other strategies in the next few months to help improve the flow of passengers in and out of Metrorail trains and stations.

-- Diane Mattingly