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Fairfax Parkway paving

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to repave 24 miles of the 32-mile Fairfax County Parkway between Route 7 in Dranesville and Rolling Road in Springfield during the spring and summer.

The $19 million project will take place mostly at night and on weekends. Some lane closings and detours will be required.

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Before the heavy part of the work gets underway, VDOT will hold four community meetings along the parkway corridor to talk about the scope of the work and the schedule. Each of these four meetings is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

●Wednesday: Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Rd., Reston.

●April 17: Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax.

●April 24: VDOT District Office, 4975 Alliance Dr., Fairfax.

●May 2: West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd., Springfield.

While work is scheduled to begin in April and be complete in October, the most significant traffic impacts are likely to occur from June till Labor Day, when Fairfax schools are out for summer vacation.

Workers first will repave the northern section of the parkway, between Route 7 and Baron Cameron Avenue (Route 606).

Sections that will not be repaved include the construction work zone at Fairfax Lakes Parkway and areas paved in the past five years.

11th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation may close lanes during off-peak travel times on the 11th Street Bridge spans, nearby ramps, and portions of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Interstate 295/DC 295 and local streets Monday through Friday as part of the bridge reconstruction project.

BW Parkway paving

Starting the week of April 16, the National Park Service plans to begin a road resurfacing project on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. This project will affect the parkway from the D.C. line to the interchange at Route 450 (Annapolis Road).

The surface will be milled and overlaid with new asphalt. Signs will be replaced and lanes will be striped.

Work hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Night work will occur from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Ramp detours can also be expected during off-peak times.

A minimum of one lane will remain open in each direction. The planned completion date for all work is mid-August.

blossom parade

The annual National Cherry Blossom Parade, a high point of the blossom festival and a huge draw, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14. The parade starts at Seventh Street and proceeds west along Constitution Avenue NW to 17th Street.

The near­est Metro stations are Smithsoni­an, Fed­eral Trian­gle and Archives. Metro’s weekend maintenance program remains suspended until 10 p.m. April 20.

There will be some street closings in the area on parade day, but the National Park Service says it is not planning any work along Constitution Avenue next weekend.

Metrobus meetings

Metro and the District Department of Transportation plan a second round of meetings for the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study.

The first meeting is scheduled for April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Metro’s Northern Division Bus Facility, 4627 14th St. NW, by Decatur Street, in the Community Room.

The second meeting will be held April 16, also from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

The study is the latest in a string of reviews of bus service in the most important bus corridors in the D.C. area.

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