January 5, 2013
Back on tracks After the holiday lull, Metro resumed its track work program this weekend on the Orange and Red lines, but the most disruptive work for January is likely to come on the last weekend of the month. On Jan. 26-27, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and Rhode Island Avenue, closing Farragut North, the Red Line platforms at Metro Center and Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet U. This will split the...
August 11, 2012 |
New color on I-66 A driver who uses Interstate 66 near the Capital Beltway asked during Monday's online discussion about "a section of the right green arrow lane around Route 123 [that] seems to have been painted orange. " The Virginia Department of Transportation says this is a high-friction surface coating applied to the shoulder lanes of I-66 that serve as travel lanes during peak periods. (A green arrow indicates they are open for travel.) The coating is the color of red clay, VDOT said.
June 30, 2012
Beltway ramp reopens The ramp from northbound New Hampshire Avenue to the Capital Beltway's outer loop in Montgomery County has reopened ahead of schedule. Since late April, drivers heading for the outer loop had been detoured east on the inner loop before swinging around onto the outer loop to get back to where they started. Drivers gave me various estimates on the delay time, but it seemed to add about 20 minutes to their commutes. The Maryland State Highway...
February 8, 2012 |
A warning to anyone who slogs through the mind-numbing traffic in lower Montgomery County: Things are about to get uglier. Beginning in a few weeks, key parts of Rockville Pike and Connecticut Avenue just inside the Capital Beltway in Bethesda and North Chevy Chase will be ripped up in what transportation officials describe as a major construction zone for three years. Think Rockville Pike backs up now? Picture orange barrels shrinking its six lanes to two or four during periodic lane closures.
January 1, 2012 |
It's never enough, unless it's too much. In 2012, commuters in the D.C. region will renew their love-hate relationship with transportation projects and programs, including some scheduled for completion and others just getting started. Here are 10 efforts likely to get attention. HOT lanes The high-occupancy toll lanes on the western side of the Capital Beltway are scheduled to open late in 2012. The D.C. region hasn't seen anything like them. Will they become the way of the future?
November 12, 2011 |
Dear Dr. Gridlock: There will probably be substantially more traffic flowing across the river bridges into Maryland once Virginia completes construction of its new, expanded lanes on the Capital Beltway . Virginia's highway expansion is impressive. Yet I've seen absolutely nothing to indicate where this new congestion is to go once it enters Maryland; a massive new bottleneck seems inevitable once cars cross the bridges. Am I the only one to observe that the Free State...