Bowl game at RFK Stadium this afternoon

Travelers in the D.C. area may notice some extra traffic and some extra riders on Metrorail this afternoon before the 4:30 p.m. kickoff for the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium.

During the quiet week after Christmas, our transportation network should be more than capable of accommodating the fans heading for the game between the Air Force Academy and the University of Toledo.

But there are likely to be some extra riders on the Blue and Orange lines heading for the Stadium-Armory station and at the rail transfer stations. Metro is doing some off-peak track work this week, but none of it should affect travel to or from the bowl game. The Capitals and Rangers play at 7:30 p.m. in Verizon Center, above the Gallery Place station, but the two crowds of fans should not overlap.

Drivers may see some extra traffic on the 14th Street Bridge, the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, I-295 and East Capitol Street. Motorists heading north on I-295 should keep in mind that there’s a new traffic pattern where 295 meets the 11th Street Bridge. The District Department of Transportation opened a new inbound span last week.

Traffic on northbound 295 now stays left to reach the bridge heading into downtown D.C. Drivers who want to stay on 295 north toward Kenilworth Avenue use the center or right lanes. (That would be the way to go for drivers who want to take Benning Road NE to approach RFK Stadium.)

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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