Happy Monday, travelers. I hope single-tracking on Metro’s Blue and Red lines didn’t slow your weekend plans, but with the Capital Weather Gang predicting summer-like weather for early this week, it’s not too late for outdoor plans (and might even be a good time to sign up for Capital Bikeshare). Here are some upcoming events and conditions you can expect to encounter on the roads this week.
How was the New York Ave. Bridge?
This morning marks the first rush hour when drivers will cross a New York Avenue bridge that’s down two lanes — but it won’t be the last, as the configuration will last roughly two years. The work that will add delays of 15 to 30 minutes, on top of the delays that are a regular occurrence on that major commuter artery.
Officials are offering $50 monthly toward those fares to the first 2,000 eligible applicants. You can apply at www.nyavebr.com. Even if you don’t make it in time, applicants are also offered one-to-one advice on coping with the construction.
Let us know your experience heading in on New York Avenue this morning in the comments section below this post.
Woodrow Wilson Bridge
As construction on the Telegraph Road/Capital Beltway interchange proceeds on the bridge over the railroad tracks, northbound Telegraph Road will be closed nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday from just after the new ramp to Eisenhower Avenue down to Duke Street. Also, officials say, there will be no Pershing Avenue access to northbound Telegraph Road during those time periods, and the exit ramps from the Beltway in both directions to northbound Telegraph Road will be closed. To get around all this, you can access I-495 North by turning right on Huntington Avenue east to Route 1 north to the Outer Loop; access 495 South by taking the Eisenhower Avenue ramp, turning left and heading onto the Eisenhower Connector, and merging onto the Beltway.
Chat with Dr. Gridlock at noon
As with every Monday, Dr. Gridlock will be online answering questions from you in a live discussion at noon. You can submit your questions now or just tune in at 12.
Speaking out on transportation in Southeast
Of course, while Dr. Gridlock is an authority on getting around the region, there are more official venues that want your complaints and suggestions, too. The District Department of Transportation is seeking feedback from Southeast Washington residents on transportation improvements in that community. A final public meeting as part of the Far Southeast II Livability Study will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 1800 Martin Luther King Ave. SE.
The right lane of I-95 North will be closed today through Thursday between Gordon Boulevard (Route 123) and one mile south of the Fairfax County Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The right-most southbound lane on the same stretch will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A reversible lane will be closed Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The closures are for paving and bridge work as part of a $123 million project that will add a fourth lane in both directions to a six-mile segment of the highway. The improvements are intended to improve traffic flow to the new Springfield Interchange.
Dulles Access road work
As work on Metro’s new Wiehle Avenue Station continues, there are lane closures on both sides of the road that could throw drivers for a loop. The right lane of the westbound Dulles International Airport Access Highway will be closed between mile markers 11.1 and 10.7 to provide dump truck access starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., and then the left lane will close between marker 7.9 and 6.2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On the eastbound side between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, the left lane will be closed between miles 5.5 and 6.2, then the right lane will close from markers 7.3 to 8.5 before the left lane again closes from 10.2 to 10.4 so concrete can be poured.
Route 355 widening
From Tuesday through Friday, two lanes of Route 355 between Travis and Christopher avenues in Gaithersburg will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so widening of the road can take place.