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. East West Highway

Left westbound lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Belcrest and Adelphi roads.

3. Laurel Bowie Road

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

4. Capital Beltway (outer loop)

Right lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Branch Avenue and St. Barnabas Road.

5. Capital Beltway (both loops)

Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday near Interstate 295 and Route 210.

6. Capital Beltway (inner loop)

All lanes closed 9:30 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, and from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday if needed, between the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Route 1.

7. Capital Beltway (outer loop)

Three left lanes closed 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday and from 9:30 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday if needed, between Telegraph Road and Route 1.

8. Springfield interchange

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

9. Independence Avenue SW

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

Transit Update


The Dash bus will operate free shuttles every 15 minutes between the King Street Metrorail station and Market Square from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 31.

For more information, call 703-370-3274 or visit www.dashbus.com.

Tip of the Week

AAA Mid-Atlantic cautions drivers of sport-utility vehicles against overconfidence. Four-wheel-drive provides traction and helps drivers avoid getting stuck, but such vehicles have the same difficulties as other vehicles in maintaining control and stopping, and SUVs turn over more easily in a skid or sharp maneuver.

-- Diane Mattingly