Silver Spring crossing

Forest Glen Road/Linden Lane at the CSX railroad crossing just north of the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring is closed this month while CSX rebuilds the roadway. Watch for detour signs.

The Montgomery County government requested the repairs because the road was badly deteriorated, but they couldn’t be done without shutting it down temporarily.

During the reconstruction, the county plans to finish the sidewalk on the south side of the road to provide a separate path for pedestrians and cyclists so they won't have to walk or ride in travel lanes.

Fairfax bus meetings

The newly revised alignment of Fairfax County Connector bus routes, designed to match up with the Metro Silver Line stations when they open, will be the subject of seven community discussions, starting this coming week. With the exception of the online chat, each is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

●Monday, Reston Community Center, Hunter Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston.

●Wednesday, Herndon Council Chambers Building, 765 Lynn St., Herndon.

●Thursday, 2 p.m., Ask Fairfax! online discussion,

●Thursday, Reston Community Center Lake Anne, JoAnn Rose Library, 1609A Washington Plaza, Reston.

●April 22, Westbriar Elementary School, 1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna.

●April 23, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean.

●April 24, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

D.C. streetcars

The final phase of construction to prepare for the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line is underway along the corridor in Northeast Washington.

The work includes construction of a streetcar platform for boarding on H Street near Union Station, on the west side of the line. The track alignment there will allow the streetcars to reverse direction and head east, toward Benning Road.

During this phase of construction, I (Eye) Street will be open to two-way traffic between Third and Fifth streets. The block of Third Street between H and I streets will be restricted to local traffic, as will the block of Third Street between G and H streets.

Watch for other temporary restrictions as preparations continue into the fall.

Street sweeping

Montgomery County has begun its annual spring cleaning of residential streets, removing some of the sand and road grit left over from winter. The program removes about 2,000 tons of material that could otherwise wash into streams, and the streets certainly look a lot better after the sweepers come through.

When the sweepers are in the neighborhood, it’s a good idea to get cars off the streets, where possible, so the sweepers can move along the curbs.

Watch for signs on the telephone poles advising residents that the trucks will be coming through.

Dulles travel rules

During my April 1 online chat, a commenter reminded me about the exception to the HOV rules applying to Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway:

Motorists traveling to and from Dulles International Airport to catch a flight or to pick someone up are permitted to use I-66 inside the Beltway during HOV hours, the Virginia Department of Transportation says. Drivers are not permitted to use I-66 inside the Beltway during HOV hours if they are going to the airport to eat, get coffee, get gas or any other reason other than boarding planes or picking someone up at the airport.

Fortunately for me, I’m supported by an army of transportation researchers, many of whom show up for the chats. The next one is scheduled for noon Monday.

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