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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/15/2011

The weekend and beyond

It’s a holiday in the District, the hockey playoffs return to Verizon Center tonight, the Nationals are home and Metro has ended its lull in weekend track work. Look for lots of activity in the major highway work zones as well, as well as congestion in Foggy Bottom because of the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

The Capital Weather Gang recommends staying indoors during Saturday’s storms, but Sunday should be a good day to get out.

Emancipation Day

D.C. government offices are closed today for the annual celebration of the day — April 16, 1862 — that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for the release of people held in slavery in the District of Columbia.

Street sweeping is suspended, resuming on Monday. Parking enforcement, including ticket writing for residential parking, expired meters, street sweeping and rush-hour violations also is suspended, but will resume Saturday.

Capitals at Verizon

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will begin the second game of the hockey playoff at 7:30 tonight in the Verizon Center. That will likely bring extra congestion to the streets of Chinatown and to the Gallery Place Metro station below the center. Pay special attention to the item on Metro’s weekend work if you’re taking Metrorail to the game.

Nationals Park

Baseball fans also should review Metro’s weekend work plan if they’re planning to attend the Nationals’ games against the Brewers at Nationals Park this weekend. The games are scheduled for 7:05 tonight, 1:05 p.m. Saturday (check the weather forecast) and 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Metro weekend work

The transit authority plans to shut the eastern side of the Orange Line to fix the aerial structure outside Cheverly Station, single-track around a rail switch project at the Blue Line’s Van Dorn Street Station and send trains around two work zones on the Red Line.

Orange Line: From 8 o’clock tonight through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday, there will be no train service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton. Metro will provide a free shuttle bus service to bridge the gap between the five closed stations (Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover and New Carrollton).

Riders using the shuttles should add about 40 minutes to their normal travel times through that area.

Workers will carry out the next phase of the long-term project to stabilize the aerial structure, but the transit authority also will use the shutdown to resurface rails, replace track fasteners and ties and fix 19 escalators and 14 elevators in the zone where stations are closed.

Blue Line: From 10 o’clock tonight to the midnight closing Sunday, while workers replace rail switches at Van Dorn Street, all Blue Line trains will operate between Largo Town Center and Huntington. Blue Line trains will operate about every 15 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night.

Metro also will operate a Blue Line shuttle train between Franconia-Springfield and King Street. The shuttles will leave about every half hour.

Red Line: From 10 o’clock tonight to Sunday’s closing, Red Line trains will share one track between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Twinbrook. Workers will be repairing the White Flint platform.

Trains also will share a track between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, where crews continue to work on upgrades to the aerial structure outside Rhode Island Avenue.

Throughout the weekend, trains will leave Shady Grove and Glenmont, at the ends of the line, about every 16 minutes. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, service in the middle part of the line, between Grosvenor and Silver Spring, will be more frequent.

IMF/World Bank street closings

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings are scheduled for this weekend in the District. Traffic congestion is likely to occur on the streets west of the White House. Street closings will start about 7:30 tonight and continue till about 5 p.m. Sunday.

These are the streets to be closed:

• 18th Street NW from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW

• 19th Street NW from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW

• 20th Street NW from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW

• G Street from 18th to 20th streets NW

• H Street (southern side) from 18th to 20th streets NW

Streets that lead to these closed streets may be restricted to local traffic only. Also, police can close other streets or alter the schedule at their discretion. Parking also will be restricted in the area around the meetings.

11th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation plans periodic 20-minute traffic stops this coming week on southbound I-295/DC 295 and on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

The stoppages are scheduled for successive early mornings Monday through Wednesday to accommodate overhead sign work for the 11th Street Bridge construction.

The stops will occur between midnight and 5 o’clock each morning, weather permitting. Crews will begin preparing for stops by closing one lane at 8 o’clock the previous evening. In the case of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, they will close a second lane at 9 p.m.

On Monday, southbound I-295/DC 295 between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road will be closed. On Tuesday, the closing will be on the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway between Pennsylvania Avenue and the 11th Street Bridge.

On Wednesday, the westbound freeway between Pennsylvania Avenue and the 11th Street Bridge will be closed.

Cedar Lane bridge

The Cedar Lane over Rock Creek in Bethesda is undergoing rehabilitation. The traffic pattern is being switched to allow work along the southbound side.

Bridge inspection

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans a routine inspection Sunday of the bridge that takes Montrose Road over Interstate 270 in Montgomery County. Watch for alternating double lane closings on northbound I-270 from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dulles Metrorail project

Crews working on the rail line construction are planning paving operations at the interchange between the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and Route 123 in McLean.

Weather permitting, the paving is scheduled to occur overnight Sunday, from midnight to 5 a.m. The work is scheduled to be done before the Monday morning rush. Watch for signs indicating detours

Beltway HOT lanes

The High Occupancy Toll lanes project is active along 14 miles of the Capital Beltway between Springfield and the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia. These are two highlights:

• Overnight lane closings Sunday through Thursday will require detours on the inner loop at Interstate 395.

• Lanes on the outer loop at Interstate 66 will close for an hour at a time overnight Sunday through Thursday.

Georgia Avenue

Watch for single lane closings along Georgia Avenue between New Hampshire Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

Constitution Avenue NW

The utility work in preparation for this major reconstruction project has begun. The reconstruction will be done in one-block segments from 23rd Street, near the Roosevelt Bridge, to 15th Street, near the Washington Monument. Up to two lanes in each direction may be closed. Work is scheduled to begin on the north side of the avenue.

Humpback Bridge

The reconstruction of the bridge on the George Washington Parkway is scheduled to move into it next phase on Saturday. This phase involves rebuilding the median separating the northbound and southbound lanes. There will be a work zone in the middle of the roadway.

The ramp from southbound I-395 to the northbound parkway still does not have the acceleration lane open for full use. That will not be available until the median is done, the National Park Service says.

The main line of the Mount Vernon Trail has been paved and is open, but the trail narrows in the construction zone at the bridge. Bicyclists should walk their bikes across the bridge.

By  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro

 
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