The travel forecast for the weekend is brighter and drier than this past week, according to the Capital Weather Gang.That should be good news for race fans heading to the Preakness in Baltimore, or foodies attending the Taste of Arlington, historians out on a walking tour of Civil War Washington, or literature lovers at the Gaithersburg Book Festival.
Bike to Work Day
There’s still a chance of thunderstorms today, and I hope that doesn’t wash away the enthusiasm of anyone participating in Bike to Work Day. Thousands more cyclists than usual are on the D.C. region’s streets, and many of them are less experienced than the regular crowd. They’ve joined in an annual event designed to get more commuters familiar with the option of cycling.
Drivers are likely to encounter big delays in the Telegraph Road area starting tonight as the Wilson Bridge project closes lanes and shifts traffic to accommodate work on the Telegraph Road bridge over Cameron Run and other roadway construction.
The type of work they’re planning is subject to weather delays, but if it comes off on schedule, motorists would be best off avoiding the area from 8 p.m. Friday night through 5 a.m. Monday.
As of Monday morning, northbound Telegraph Road drivers will be on new asphalt just east of the old northbound lanes from Lenore Lane onto the new part of the bridge over Cameron Run. The exits to Eisenhower Avenue and the Capital Beltway’s outer loop will be reconfigured for this shift, the project managers say.
Starting tonight, the current northbound Telegraph Road lanes will be closed from Lenore Lane to the intersection with the Beltway. Northbound traffic will be shifted left onto one of the southbound lanes. One lane will remain open to northbound and southbound Telegraph Road traffic all weekend. All access between southbound Telegraph Road and adjacent streets and ramps will remain open.
The signals at Telegraph Road and Huntington Avenue, North Kings Highway, and East Drive/Lenore Lane will be turned off. Watch for police direction.
There will be no access from Telegraph Road North to the Beltway’s outer loop. There will be no access from Telegraph Road North to the new ramp to Eisenhower Avenue during the weekend.
Metro weekend delays
This weekend’s maintenance schedule affects travel on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines.
Red Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday, Red Line trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. Workers will be repairing tunnel leaks and replacing rail fasteners.
Trains also will share a track between Takoma and Forest Glen. Crews will be working on the train control system, replacing rail ties and smoothing out the surface underneath the rails.
Throughout the weekend, trains will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 24 minutes. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, service will be more frequent on the inner part of the line. Trains will arrive about every 12 minutes at stations between Friendship Heights and Takoma.
Blue/Orange lines: From 10 p.m. Friday to the Sunday closing, trains will share a track between Foggy Bottom and the Arlington Cemetery and Clarendon stations. Workers will be replacing rail fasteners.
Throughout the weekend, trains will leave the ends of the lines about every 20 minutes.
Green Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday closing, trains will share a track between Navy Yard and Anacostia. Workers will be installing new track. (The Washington Nationals are playing the Orioles in Baltimore this weekend.)
Taste of Arlington
The Taste of Arlington is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, and it will close some streets from 2 a.m. till 10 p.m. Here’s the list:
* Wilson Boulevard will be closed eastbound at Glebe Road. Eastbound traffic will be diverted south on Glebe Road. The boulevard will be closed westbound at North Randolph Street. Randolph will remain open.
* North Stuart Street will be closed between North Ninth Street and Wilson Boulevard. Buses will be allowed on North Stuart Street between Fairfax Drive and North Ninth Street.
* North Ninth Street will remain open to Metrobuses only between North Stafford and North Stuart Street.
* All traffic coming southbound on North Taylor Street from Fairfax Drive will be forced to go westbound at Wilson Boulevard.
* Access to the Macy’s parking spaces at 4300 Wilson Boulevard will be via North Glebe Road only.
The Bike DC ride through the District and Arlington County is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the Mall in front of the Capitol building. Cyclists will go up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and cross the Potomac River on the Roosevelt Bridge and I-66, ending about noon.
Street closings will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday All streets affected by this event are scheduled to reopen by noon, depending on conditions. Motorists should expect delays during the event.
6 to 9 a.m.: Third Street between Independence Avenue SW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
7 to 9 a.m.: Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Seventh to 19th Street NW
7 to 9 a.m.:19th Street between Pennsylvania and E Street NW
7 a.m. to noon: E Street westbound from 19th to the Roosevelt Bridge ramp
7 to 11 a.m.: Roosevelt Bridge westbound
5 to 11 a.m.: George Washington Parkway northbound from Memorial Bridge to Chain Bridge ramp
6 to 11 a.m.: Marshall Drive and Marine Corps Memorial
7:30 to 11 a.m.: Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 110) southbound from Rosslyn to the Pentagon
7:30 to 11 a.m.: Columbia Pike westbound from Route 27 to the Air Force Memorial
(Seventh Street and 14th Street NW will remain open for traffic crossing Pennsylvania.)
Md. bridge inspections
The Maryland State Highway Administration continues its series of routine bridge inspections this weekend. They require lane closings.
I-70 ramp over the inner loop of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway): Watch for a double left lane closure on the inner loop of I-695 from 6 to 10 a.m.
I-70 ramp over the outer loop of I-695: Watch for a double left lane closure, then a single right lane closure on the outer loop of I-695 from 5 to 11 a.m.
Drivers on the Capital Beltway between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue are going to experience delays as the Maryland State Highway Administration begins a two-year project to redeck the Beltway bridge over Northwest Branch.
While lane closings are scheduled to occur only at night, traffic delays are likely during the day through this heavily used part of the Beltway. Jersey barriers will be installed on both sides to the Beltway in that area to create work zones and enable lane shifts. The lanes will be narrowed from 12 to 11 feet and the shoulders will be closed in the bridge area.
Andrews gate closing
The National Park Service plans a temporary closure on Suitland Parkway at the North Gate exit ramp to Andrews Air Force Base from Monday through Sept. 30 to accommodate a runway reconstruction project.
Drivers who regularly use the North Gate ramp should use the Main Gate, Pearl Gate or the Virginia Avenue gate during the closing.