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Traffic Advisories for the Week

Here are some things that could affect your local travels this week:

-- Tennis Tournament: The annual tournament at the FitzGerald Tennis Center is underway through Sunday. Watch for the traffic in the blocks north of 16th Street NW and Colorado Avenue. You can find a full list of the District's parking restrictions here. There's a free shuttle from the Van Ness Metrorail station or you can take the S 2 and S 4 Metrobuses on 16th Street.

-- Paving project on I-270: Northbound and southbound I-270 between Route 189 (Falls Road) and Muddy Branch Road, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Crews are completing working on the local lanes. Northbound ramp closures to begin on or about Aug. 3 for grinding and resurfacing.

-- Paving project on I-95: The other big one in Maryland. It's between Route 32 and Route 100 in Howard County. Expect double-lane closures between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Alternatives in that corridor are Route 29, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 1.

-- Grosvernor Lane Bridge: The bridge over I-270 closed on July 14 and is scheduled to reopen Aug. 29. Your local alternatives for getting between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike are Tuckerman Lane and West Cedar Lane. There's still a walkway open on the bridge for bikers and pedestrians. [Maryland's Department of Transportation has reworked the detour signs to make them clearer, says spokesman Chuck Gischlar. Also, he says, the demolition work on the bridge is likely to be completed by the end of today].

-- Georgia Avenue: Paving project between Route 586 (Veirs Mill Road) and Randolph Road, single lane closures Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- Capital Beltway interchange: The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning to rebuild the ramp from the inner loop to southbound Kenilworth Avenue. In the current setup, drivers heading from the inner loop to southbound Kenilworth Avenue must merge quickly before the exit to Greenbelt Road. The project will relocate the inner loop ramp closer to the traffic signal, for a longer and safer transition before Greenbelt Road. The project also will slightly widening northbound Kenilworth Avenue between the Capital Beltway exits, providing another lane to safely merge traffic to the Beltway. Between now and completion next spring, expect single-lane closures along the Beltway and Kenilworth between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-- Douglass Bridge: The MTA's 905 commuter bus won't stop at the Branch Avenue Metro station anymore because not enough riders wanted to get off their and take the train downtown. The two-month shutdown of the bridge for rehabilitation remains on schedule, DDOT says. Traffic has been real slow on I-295, especially around the main detour route at the 11th Street Bridge.

-- Wilson Bridge: You'll find a full listing of the bridge project's traffic restrictions for the week on this page.

I-66 Widening: You'll find a status report on the lane widening project in Gainesville on this page.

-- Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Anytime you want the latest on traffic over the bridge, call 877-BAYSPAN.

-- Tydings Bridge: This one is important to long-distance travelers heading north on I-95. The Tydings Bridge is the one over the Susquehanna River northeast of Baltimore. Workers will be installing expansion joints on the bridge that will require these northbound lane closures through September: continuous single lane closure Sunday 11 p.m. through Friday 5 a.m.; double lane closure Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Southbound work should begin in late fall.

-- Falls Church Paving: A summertime paving program is starting this week. Work gets underway tonight on West Broad Street and continues tomorrow night. Between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., one lane in each direction will remain open while the paving is going on.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 30, 2007; 7:28 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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