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FOGGY BOT­TOM ES­CA­LA­TORS

On Mon­day, Metro plans to start re­plac­ing the three old and of­ten-out-of-ser­vice es­ca­la­tors be­tween 23rd Street NW and the sta­tion mez­za­nine at Foggy Bot­tom. Also, work­ers will add a stair­case to that bank of es­ca­la­tors. Above it all will be a canopy to bet­ter pro­tect the works from the weather. This year-long project will cost about $6 mil­lion.

Foggy Bot­tom’s es­ca­la­tors have long been cursed by rid­ers, be­cause they must all fun­nel through one sta­tion exit. Fre­quently, they would find two of the ag­ing es­ca­la­tors out of ser­vice for re­pairs. That would re­quire Metro to turn off the re­main­ing es­ca­la­tor so rid­ers could use it as a stair­case. This cre­ated long lines on the mez­za­nine and street as peo­ple made their way slowly up and down.

Dur­ing the es­ca­la­tor re­place­ment, work­ers will take one es­ca­la­tor out of ser­vice at a time. An­other one of the three will go up, and the other one down.

DE­LAYS IN MANAS­SAS

For a few weeks, driv­ers may en­counter con­struc­tion de­lays in ei­ther di­rec­tion on Route 28 (Nokesville Road) near Welling­ton Road. One of two lanes will be closed be­tween Technology Drive and Cock­rell Road through the first week of Fe­bru­ary. As an al­ter­na­tive, driv­ers can use God­win Drive and Sud­ley Road.

The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is build­ing a fourlane bridge on Route 28 over Welling­ton Road and the Nor­folk South­ern Rail­road tracks in Manas­sas to elim­i­nate the at-grade cross­ing. On a typ­i­cal week­day, 20 trains and about 23,500 ve­hi­cles make their way through that area.

The project is sched­uled to be done in Novem­ber 2012. It was ad­vanced five years on Vir­ginia’s long-term plan thanks to the ad­di­tion of $18.3 mil­lion in fed­eral stim­u­lus money. The to­tal price will be about $44 mil­lion.

FALLS CHURCH CAM­ERAS

The warn­ing pe­riod is over for

the red-light en­force­ment cam­eras that Falls Church turned on

last month at Broad and Cherry streets and at Broad Street and An­nan­dale Road. The own­ers of ve­hi­cles caught run­ning red lights will be fined a min­i­mum of $50.

MONT­GOMERY IN­TER­SEC­TION

The con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity around the very busy in­ter­sec­tion of Ge­or­gia Av­enue and Ran­dolph Road in Mont­gomery County is pre­lim­i­nary work for the long­planned in­ter­change that should ease that bot­tle­neck.

The Mary­land State High­way

Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which is in charge of the project, closes lanes and shifts traf­fic to ac­com­mo­date a very com­plex set of util­ity re­lo­ca­tions that must pre­cede the start of the in­ter­change con­struc­tion, which isn’t sched­uled to get un­der­way till 2013. The util­ity re­lo­ca­tion should be wrapped up by spring.

STATE OF THE UNION

Avoid the streets around the

U.S. Capi­tol build­ing Tues­day evening. Some streets will be blocked off start­ing at 7 p.m., be­cause

Pres­i­dent Obama is sched­uled to de­liver the State of the Union ad­dress at 9 p.m. This in­cludes blocks of main ar­ter­ies, such as Con­sti­tu­tion, In­de­pen­dence and Penn­syl­va­nia av­enues. The traf­fic re­stric­tions im­posed by the U.S.

Capi­tol Po­lice will re­main in place un­til the event is over.

GREAT FALLS BRIDGE

The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion plans to re­open the one-lane bridge on Leigh Mill Road over Dif­fi­cult Run in Great Falls by noon Thurs­day. The bridge has been closed to traf­fic since July 12. It was orig­i­nally sched­uled to re­open by La­bor Day, but in Au­gust, VDOT said, its en­gi­neers de­ter­mined that the bridge abut­ments and wing walls were in worse con­di­tion than pre­vi­ous in­spec­tions re­vealed, and the en­tire sub­struc­ture would have to be de­mol­ished and re­placed.

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