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TELE­GRAPH ROAD/BELT­WAY

Next week­end, con­struc­tion re­lated to the Wil­son Bridge project will re­quire the com­plete clo­sure of north­bound and south­bound Tele­graph Road, as well as sev­eral Cap­i­tal Belt­way ramps at the Tele­graph Road in­ter­change. This is sched­uled to start at 9 p.m. Fri­day and con­tinue through 5 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 17.

A com­plete clo­sure is nec­es­sary so that the old Belt­way bridge over Tele­graph Road can be de­mol­ished dur­ing a sin­gle week­end. Project man­agers strongly ad­vise that trav­el­ers plan to use al­ter­na­tive routes while the work is un­der­way.

CHAIN BRIDGE

The District Depart­ment of

Trans­porta­tion plans to close an in­bound lane on Chain Bridge daily be­tween 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. The lane clo­sures are needed so con­struc­tion equip­ment used dur­ing the bridge rehabilitation can be re­moved. One lane will re­main open in each di­rec­tion for traf­fic cross­ing the bridge.

RED LINE WORK

Red Line trains are shar­ing a sin­gle track be­tween Sil­ver

Spring and For­est Glen week­days be­tween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Jan. 21 while the tracks in that area are be­ing worked on. Be­cause the sin­gle-track­ing oc­curs at mid­day, when the trains are more spread out along the line, rid­ers should not ex­pe­ri­ence

DE­LAYS IN MANAS­SAS

any de­lays, the tran­sit author­ity says. (Al­though there will be plenty of other work zones in place through­out Metro­rail on Martin

Luther King Jr. Day, this bit of track work will be sus­pended for the hol­i­day.)

Driv­ers should ex­pect to en­counter de­lays for the next sev­eral weeks on north­bound Route 28 (Nokesville Road) at Welling­ton Road in­Manas­sas, where a lane is closed, the Vir­ginia Depart­ment

of Trans­porta­tion says. Mo­torists can useGod­win Drive to avoid the work zone.

The lane clo­sure makes room for a $44 mil­lion con­struc­tion project to build a bridge over Welling­ton Road and elim­i­nate the at-grade rail­road cross­ing. The project is sched­uled to be com­pleted in fall 2012.

ME­MO­RIAL BRIDGE RE­PAIRS

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice plans to un­der­take preser­va­tion work and re­pair the side­walks on the Ar­ling­ton Me­mo­rial Bridge. The park ser­vice says its con­trac­tor is mak­ing tem­po­rary pedes­trian bridges to place over the side­walk ar­eas. Work is un­der­way be­neath the bridge.

The park ser­vice says that no lanes will be closed dur­ing rush hours, al­though two lanes may need to be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to in­stall those pedes­trian bridges over the side­walk work ar­eas. A min­i­mum of one lane in each di­rec­tion will re­main

open at all times.

11TH STREET BRIDGE

Ana­cos­tia Drive SE be­tween Good Hope Road and Ni­chol­son Street is sched­uled to close from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night start­ing Mon­day and con­tin­u­ing through Satur­day so that gird­ers can be moved into po­si­tion for place­ment into the new 11th Street bridge over the Ana­cos­tia River.

All traf­fic from Howard Road SE will have to exit the park at Good Hope Road dur­ing the closings.

MARY­LAND IN­SPEC­TIONS

The Mary­land State High­way

Ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­tin­u­ing its bridge in­spec­tion pro­gram in the D.C. area. Here’s the sched­ule for the work week ahead:

Mon­day: On In­ter­state 70 over the Nor­folk South­ern Rail­road tracks in Fred­er­ick County, watch for a sin­gle right lane clos­ing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tues­day: On west­bound I-70 over An­ti­etam Creek in Fred­er­ick County, watch for a right lane clo­sure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wed­nes­day: At Bower Av­enue over I-70 in Fred­er­ick County, watch for left and right lane clo­sures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thurs­day: At west­bound I-70 over Ca­toctin Creek in Fred­er­ick County, watch for a right lane clo­sure from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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