WASHINGTON — With Metro planning additions to its already announced 24/7 track work schedule, the District has completed work to extend rush hour parking restrictions on a number of major corridors that could see more traffic because of the disruptions.
The latest corridors where the District Department of Transportation has extended rush hour parking rules by 30 minutes in each the morning and afternoon are Connecticut Avenue NW from Farragut Square to the Maryland line, Massachusetts Avenue NW from 16th Street to the Maryland line, and the length of Wisconsin Avenue NW from Georgetown to the Maryland line.
The new restrictions have been rolled out to coincide with track work on the Red Line that began Aug. 9 in order to provide more lanes for cars and buses.
In addition to the scheduled single-tracking between Twinbrook and Shady Grove on weekdays through Aug. 18, Metro is also completely shutting down the Red Line between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove over the weekend.
The work aims to rebuild an interlocking where trains switch from one track to another that is similar to where a train derailed two weeks ago.
Metro inspections since that derailment have found issues on other stretches of track too including five other interlockings and a curve near McPherson Square. Fixes to those interlockings will require weekend shutdowns, and the problems on the curve mean Blue Line trains toward Franconia-Springfield, Orange Line trains toward Vienna and Silver Line trains to Wiehle-Reston East are expected to face delays through the end of August.
This weekend, Silver Line trains will run only between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston, and Orange and Blue Line trains will share a single track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian as crews work in the area.
People who drive parallel to those and other routes should still watch closely for extended rush-hour parking rules too, since all extended parking rules that DDOT put in place during previous work zones remain.
The extended limits are enforced between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. They do not change the rules or schedule for the reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue, DDOT spokesperson Terry Owens said.
Signs are posted to indicate the changes, which are all scheduled to remain in effect under emergency regulations through at least March.
Montgomery County put its own parking restrictions in place in Bethesda and Silver Spring during the previous track work zone, but those have now been lifted.
Additional parking restrictions are expected this fall when the Red Line is shut down for 23 days between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten, with significantly reduced service along the rest of the Red Line. That shutdown, from Oct. 10 to Nov. 1, is expected to have the largest impact of any scheduled work zone.
The full list of roads where DDOT has extended rush hour restrictions so far:
- 1000-5700 Connecticut Avenue NW
- 1600-5100 Massachusetts Avenue NW
- 1000-5400 Wisconsin Avenue NW
- 1900 — 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Washington Circle NW
- 2900 — 3400 M Street NW
- 1100 — 1800 H Street NW
- 1100 — 2000 H Street NW
- 1000 K Street NW
- 1100 — 2000 I Street NW
- 800 11th Street NW
- 800 — 900 13th Street NW
- 800 — 900 14th Street
- 800 — 900 15th Street NW
- 800 Vermont Avenue NW
- 800 — 900 16th Street NW
- 800 Connecticut Avenue NW
- 800 — 900 17th Street NW
- 800 — 900 18th Street NW
- 800 — 900 19th Street NW
- 800 — 900 20th Street NW
- 900 21st Street NW
- 3900 — 4500 Benning Road SE
- 1500 — 2100 Benning Road NE
- 1000 — 1300 Florida Avenue NE
- New York Avenue NW between 7th Street NW and North Capitol Street
- 600 — 1600 North Capitol Street NE and NW
- 1500 — 3100 Rhode Island Avenue NE to NW
- 1500 — 3000 North Capitol Street NE/NW
- 1000 — 8000 16th Street NW
- 800 — 900 13th Street NW (East Side Only)
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