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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

The weekend and beyond in traffic and transit

The Capital Weather Gang foresees a sunny and mild weekend, before showers move into the D.C. area on Monday. Though Veterans Day creates a three-day weekend, and highway departments often shut work zones for three-day weekends, this will not be one of those times.

So expect to find lots of pre-winter work underway along the Capital Beltway and the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia and the Beltway, Interstate 95/495 and Interstate 270 in Maryland.

Those of you going to see the Foo Fighters Friday night at Verizon Center, or the Georgetown Hoyas at noon Saturday or the Capitals at 7 p.m. Saturday should note the Metrorail disruptions (detailed after the jump) for this weekend.

The University of Maryland Terps play Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in FedEx Field. That could mean extra traffic congestion on the Capital Beltway and nearby roads in Landover, since this crowd is likely to be less familiar with parking at the Redskins stadium. The nearest Metro station is Morgan Boulevard on the Blue Line. It’s a little less than a mile south of FedEx.

Metro on Veterans Day

Metrorail will operate on a Saturday schedule, so there is no peak-period service. The system will close as usual at 3 a.m. Saturday. See below for information about the extensive track work on the Green and Red lines.

Metrobuses will operate on a Saturday schedule, with some additional service on busy routes. MetroAccess, the service for disabled people, will operate on its regular schedule, but subscription trips are canceled.

The Metro Customer Call Center is closed.

Veterans Day traffic

Holiday traffic patterns will be in effect in D.C. That includes roadways with reversible lanes: 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill. The parking meter rules are not enforced on Veterans Day.

In Virginia and on Interstate 270 in Maryland, the high-occupancy-vehicle restrictions are lifted.

Parking fees will not be charged in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. In Alexandria and Arlington counties, the holiday parking regulations are in effect.

Metrorail weekend work

Green/Yellow lines: Metro is replacing track switches on the Green Line. Through midnight Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue stations.

Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights stations are closed. The Green Line train service is split into two sections, with one operating between Greenbelt and Huntington and another between Branch Avenue and Southern Avenue.

Two types of shuttle bus service bridge the gap. A local shuttle operates between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue, making stops at Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights.

An express bus operates between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue, making one intermediate stop at Anacostia.

The last train will leave Branch Avenue 20 minutes earlier than usual, at 2:04 a.m. Saturday and Sunday — that’s the end of the Friday and Saturday night owl service — and 11:04 p.m. Sunday.

Add 30 minutes to your normal travel time if taking the shuttle buses.

Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Greenbelt throughout the weekend.

Red Line: From 11 p.m. Saturday through the train system’s closing, Shady Grove and Rockville stations will be shut for signal repairs.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, making a stop at Rockville. Riders using these buses should add 15 minutes to their usual travel time.

Maryland bridge inspections

The Maryland State Highway Administration does routine inspections of highway bridges on weekends, resulting in lane closings

Old Gunpowder Road over I-95: On Saturday, watch for alternating closings of two lanes on either the left or right side of southbound I-95 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., then alternating lane closings on northbound I-95 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Route 29 over I-495 the Capital Beltway: On Sunday, watch for alternating closings of two lanes on either side of the inner loop from 4:30 to 11:30 a.m.

George Washington Parkway

The National Park Service is working to stabilize a rock wall on the George Washington Parkway about 500 feet south of the Spout Run Parkway exit. Watch for a temporary change in the traffic pattern on the ramp from Rosslyn onto the northbound parkway.

A short section of the left-side merge lane from the northbound parkway to the Spout Run Parkway is temporarily closed, but past the work zone, drivers still can reach the Spout Run exit. This work is scheduled to continue into late December.

Constitution Avenue

No work is scheduled for this weekend in the reconstruction of Constitution Avenue NW, but expect to find the four center lanes between 17th and 15th streets closed.

Hunter Mill Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the Hunter Mill Road bridge over Difficult Run in Fairfax County from 7 a.m. Saturday till Nov. 21 to replace the corroded bridge with a temporary panel truss bridge.

A 3.2-mile detour will be set up to get around the closed bridge, which is between Hunter Station Road and Lawyers Road. Drivers heading north on Hunter Mill Road will take Lawyers Road to Twin Branches Road to Sunrise Valley Drive to Hunter Mill Road. Drivers heading south on Hunter Mill Road will take Sunrise Valley Drive to Twin Branches Road to Lawyers Road to Hunter Mill Road.

Southeast/Southwest Freeway

The District Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway between Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 11th Street SE from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The entrance ramp to the freeway from Pennsylvania Avenue SE also will be closed. Watch for detour signs.

On the eastbound freeway between Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, drivers will encounter 20-minute traffic stoppages.

During this time, workers will be installing girders for a new bridge over the freeway.

Beltway bridge

On Tuesday, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to shift traffic on eastbound Route 202 onto the north side of the bridge over the Capital Beltway. This will be done between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., requiring several single-lane closings in both directions.

By  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

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