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Back in your great-grandfather's day, streetcars cranked their way around Greater Washington with fairly predictable regularity. In the early 20th century, family weekends might include "riding the lines" out to amusement parks in Glen Echo, Bethesda or far Northeast, lines locals used daily to get to work, school or shopping.
Several lanes and ramps on the Capital Beltway will be closed for construction starting at 10 p.m. Thursday. All work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. the following morning.