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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Springsteen at Nats Park, Metro work and more: the weekend and beyond

The lovely weather continues into the weekend, making it the perfect time to do something outdoorsy. But if you are heading out, make sure you know what to expect on the roads and rails this weekend and beyond.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for pleasant conditions with a chance of rain on Friday night, followed by lovely weather the rest of the weekend.

It’s a weekend, which means there will be Metro track work and related delays. The Bruce Springsteen show at Nationals Park on Friday night is sure to create heavy delays on the Metro and around the ballpark. And festivals and other events could create traffic problems. (See a full listing of weekend events in the Going Out Guide.)

Springsteen at Nats Park

The big event on Friday night is the sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert at Nationals Park. There have only been two major concerts at Nationals Park, so it will be the first such trip for many fans.


Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band perform at Citizens Bank Park Sept. 2, 2012 in Philadelphia (Jeff Fusco - Getty Images)

Take Metro if you can help it. It is possible to park near the stadium, but it will be very pricey, to say nothing about the time you’ll spend trying to hunt down a free space. The ballpark is near the Navy Yard stop on the Green Line. Don’t forget that this station has two entrances (one on Half Street and another on New Jersey Avenue and M Street).

Expect massive crowds heading to and from the game. Springsteen fans from all over the region will be swarming trains and transfer stations, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the ballpark.

Metro weekend delays

Track work continues on Metro this weekend, with delays looming for four of the five lines on the rail system. (Yellow Line riders, you’re off the hook.)

All work begins on Friday at 10 p.m. and lasts through the system’s closing on Sunday night.

Red Line: Trains will single track between Van Ness and Friendship Heights (for rail and fastener maintenance) and between NoMa-Gallaudet U (for platform rehabilitation, structural repairs and bridge work). Trains will run between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Orange Line: Trains will single track between Vienna and West Falls Church for track maintenance and tie and insulator renewal. Trains will run between Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes. Add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Blue Line: Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Morgan Boulevard for repairs to the floating concrete slabs beneath the rails. Trains will run between Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 24 minutes. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Green Line: Buses will replace trains at Greenbelt so crews can replace ties and work on track conditions. Trains will operate normally between College Park and Branch Avenue, but riders going to or from Greenbelt should add at least 20 minutes to trips to account for shuttle bus service.

Metro opening early on Sunday for marathon

On Sunday, Metro is opening at 6 a.m. — an hour early — for the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy Five Miler. The closest station to the beginning of the race is the Smithsonian stop.

Here’s a map of the marathon and five miler, so you know what roads to avoid on Sunday morning. The half-marathon is called for 7:20 and 7:30 a.m., while the five-miler will begin at 8 and 8:10 a.m.

Additionally, Arlington Memorial Bridge will close on Sunday from 6 to 11 a.m. for the marathon and half-miler. The Memorial Circle will remain open.

Street closures for H Street Festival

Multiple roads will close in Northeast Washington on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. due to the H Street Festival.

— H Street NE will close between 8th and 14th streets NE.

— I Street NE southbound will have no traffic at the following intersections: 9th through 13th streets NE.

— G Street at 10th through 13th streets NE

— No traffic north on 13th Street NE and no southbound traffic at Wylie Street NE.

New York Avenue bridge

Drivers will be able to use only single lanes in each direction at the New York Avenue bridge between Florida Avenue and Penn Street NE on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is to allow work as part of the bridge’s rehabilitation project.

Sporting events

The Terrapins host the University of Connecticut in College Park on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., so expect increased congestion around that area.

The Washington Nationals are away all week. They don’t return home until the Dodgers come to town on Tuesday, Sept. 18. While the Redskins have started their season, they don’t host any games at FedEx field until Sunday, Sept. 23.

Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange ramp and road closures

We covered this earlier in the week, but it’s worth remembering before you make weekend plans: The Wilson Bridge Project continues ramp and road closures at the Telegraph Road/Capital Beltway interchange this week and into the weekend.

Here are the lingering ones that have already occurred this week and continue on Friday:

Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The right shoulder of the Outer Loop Local will be closed between Eisenhower Avenue Connector and Telegraph Road.

Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mill Road will be closed between Stovall and Telegraph Road for roadway construction.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of Mill Road East will be closed between Eisenhower Avenue and Telegraph Road

Friday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning:

— The exit ramps from the Outer Loop to Telegraph Road North and Eisenhower Avenue will be closed (Detour: If you’re going to Telegraph Road North/the Eisenhower Valley, take U.S. Route 1 North to left on Duke Street to left on Holland Lane to the traffic circle to Eisenhower Avenue West)

— The ramp from Telegraph Road to N. Kings Highway East will be closed (Detour: Take the Huntington Avenue ramp to Huntington Avenue East to U.S. Route 1 South to N. Kings Highway)

— The ramp from Telegraph Road to Huntington Avenue east will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to N. Kings Highway to U.S. Route 1 North to left on Huntington Avenue. Also, this ramp will remain open if the N. Kings Highway ramp mentioned before is closed and vice versa).

Friday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning: The access ramp from Telegraph Road South to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95 North); the access ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95).

And there are additional closures coming over the weekend:

Friday at 8 p.m. through Sunday at 5 a.m.: The exit ramp from the Outer Loop to Telegraph Road South will be closed (Detour: Continue on the Outer Loop to U.S. Route 1 South to Huntington Ave West to Telegraph Road)

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The right lane of the Inner Loop LOCAL will be closed between Telegraph Road and Eisenhower Connector.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The access ramp from Telegraph Road South to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take the ramp to Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95 North); the access ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Outer Loop will be closed (Detour: Take Huntington Ave. East to Route 1 North to I-95).

Bay Bridge lane closures

Two lanes of the westbound span will be closed on Saturday from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Sunday morning for maintenance work.

MARC Brunswick Line track work

CSX will begin track work this week on the MARC Brunswick Line between Germantown and Brunswick. The work, which begins on Monday, will last two weeks. Crews will replace the wooden crossties that secure steel rails to the ground, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Crews will work between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m each day. Riders could encounter delays of five to 10 minutes due to speed restrictions being put into place once the work is finished. Riders who take afternoon departures from Union Station (trains 873 and 891, which leave at 3:30 and 3:45 p.m., respectively) could also encounter additional delays.

Circulator forum this week

The District Department of Transportation will host a public forum this week for Circulator riders. The forum will let riders offer feedback on how the system runs and also provide information about future plans for the system. It will be held at Union Station’s Columbus club (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE) on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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