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Traffic, transit tips: Beach Drive, Anacostia Freeway and school congestion

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The northbound lanes of the Anacostia Freeway/DC-295 will close between Howard Road and Pennsylvania Avenue SE overnight on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The District Department of Transportation plans to install a drainage pipe under the road.

A single lane will be closed on northbound 295 at 8 o’clock each night, and all northbound lanes will be closed at 10 p.m. All lanes should reopen by 5 o’clock the next morning. Northbound traffic will be directed onto the inbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge, M Street SE and onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway via the 9th Street SE ramp. From the eastbound Southwest-Southwest Freeway, drivers can get to northbound 295 from Pennsylvania Avenue.


The Maryland State Highway Administration will close one lane on a stretch of I-95 in both directions Sunday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. The left lane will be closed on I-95 north and I-95 south between the MD 200 interchange and the Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 exit. The work is part of the I-95/Contee Road interchange project.


Tree maintenance on Beach Drive will shut down a chunk of the roadway this week. Beach Drive will be closed between West Beach Drive NW and the Maryland/D.C. border Monday through Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


School is back in session Monday for students in the District, Montgomery County and Loudoun County. Expect additional traffic around schools, particularly right before and after school.


The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that the Gleedsville Road bridge over Sycolin Creek should be reopened by today. Crews will continue minor work on the bridgethrough September. The project, which cost $3.5 million, gave the bridge two new 11-foot-wide lanes and two four-foot-wide paved shoulders. It also was raised about two feet.


The District Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting this week to discuss plans to replace three aging pedestrian bridges in Washington. The bridges, which span Kenilworth Avenue/DC-295 just south of the Maryland/D.C. border, are on a half-mile stretch between Nannie Helen Burroughs and Eastern avenues in Northeast Washington.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Deanwood Recreation Center’s Multipurpose Room 1 (1350 49th St. NE) .


This is another reminder about two SmarTrip changes going into effect Sept. 1. Beginning Saturday, you will need at least $1.20 on a SmarTrip card before you can enter the system. Additionally, if you register your card online on Sept. 1 or beyond, you can get a $3 rebate. (Cards will still cost $5.)


And another reminder: The District Department of Transportation said it mailed out more than 71,000 new visitor parking passes for residential neighborhoods. These passes, valid through Sept. 30, 2013, let guests of D.C. residents park more than two hours on blocks controlled by the Residential Permit Parking program. If your neighbors got passes and you didn’t, it may mean that DDOT doesn’t have your address on file. Call 202-673-6813 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. weekdays for more information.


There will still be issues on the Orange and Red lines through the system’s closure Friday night. The Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations on the western end of the Orange Line will be closed, and buses are replacing trains between East Falls Church and Vienna. On the Red Line, trains are single-tracking between Grosvenor and Medical Center and between Takoma and Forest Glen.

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