Lane closings starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday will allow the relocation of the 14th Street Bridge work zone in time for the Wednesday morning rush. This will be the final phase of the two-year-old project to reconstruct the surface on the northbound span. It’s scheduled to be done in the fall.
The new phase starting Wednesdaymorning will be the final one, putting the construction island in the right center lane on the north half of the bridge, with three lanes routed to the left and one lane to the right.The placement should be less confusing than the current one for drivers coming up Interstate 395 from Virginia into the District.
But drivers coming onto the bridge from the northbound George Washington Parkway will need to be very careful. They will have only a short time to move left if they’re trying to reach lanes bound for 14th Street in downtown D.C. If traffic congestion won’t allow that merge, just stay where you are and take the right-side exit for 12th Street.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold two citizen information meetings, sponsored jointly with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, to discuss the state study on various ways to improve travel in the I-66 corridor from the Beltway west to Route 15 in Prince William County, a distance of about 25 miles.
VDOT says the study will identify transportation needs within the corridor and evaluate the impact of proposed improvements. The study is scheduled to be done in late 2012.
The first meeting is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Four Points by Sheraton, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas. The second will be Thursday, same hours, at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Dr., Fairfax.
The Dulles Metrorail project plans to resume the overnight lane closings on the Capital Beltway at Route 123, where workers are building the bridges that will carry the tracks over Beltway.
The two right lanes on the inner loop are scheduled to close Sunday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will close three lanes from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday nights and from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
Beltway traffic will be allowed to pass through the interchange, but drivers should expect delays. The inner loop lanes will begin to taper near Route 7 (Leesburg Pike).
All ramps to and from Route 123 will remain open, except for the ramp from southbound Route 123 to the Beltway’s outer loop, which will be closed in the overnight work hours starting Thursday.
One of the District’s two pay-by-phone parking programs has ended. Verrus Mobile Technologies Inc. discontinued its service last week, a change that affects drivers who pay by phone for parking around Union Station, Dupont Circle, and downtown sections of K Street, I Street and New York Avenue NW.
In July, the District Department of Transportation plans to launch a new citywide program with Parkmobile that will allow residents, workers and visitors to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all metered street spaces in the city.
Parkmobile already provides pay-by-phone service for Foggy Bottom, Georgetown Hospital and the streets around Nationals Park. Drivers can sign up at www.parkmobile.com and download a mobile app. After registering with the service, they can use the mobile app, the Internet, or a regular phone call to pay for parking.
Once the phone service is expanded citywide in July, there will be a fee for each transaction. There’s no location where pay-by-phone is the only option. Drivers still have the option of using cash or credit cards for street parking.