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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 07/29/2011

The weekend and beyond

Friday’s temperature will be around 100 degrees, and the heat will remain high through next week, the Capital Weather Gang says. So of course, it’s the perfect time to play a tennis tournament in D.C. Meanwhile, the Nationals are at home to play the Mets this weekend.

Metro has a lot of maintenance work scheduled for this weekend, and many road crews will be out as well. The lane closings scheduled at the Capital Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange are particularly noteworthy.

Tennis tournament

The annual Legg Mason Tennis Classic begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues through Aug. 7, at the FitzGerald Tennis Center , 16th and Kennedy streets NW.

The best way to get there is to take the Red Line to Van Ness Station and board a free shuttle to the stadium. But check below to review the weekend maintenance delays on the Red Line and other lines. The shuttle service, operating every 10 to 12 minutes, will begin 90 minutes before the start of matches Saturday through Friday. Then for the final weekend, the shuttles will begin two hours before the start of the matches. The service continues for a half hour after the end of the last matches each day.

Another transit option: Take the S2 or S4 Metrobuses that operate between Silver Spring and downtown D.C. via 16th Street NW.

Parking at the stadium is very limited and the nearby streets get congested at tournament time. Only local traffic will be allowed on the neighborhood streets, which will have police barricades.

Beltway/Telegraph Road

The Wilson Bridge project, which is rebuilding the Capital Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange west of the bridge, plans to close lanes on both the Beltway and Telegraph Road this weekend. The work is likely to create significant traffic delays, and project managers recommend that drivers avoid the area.

This is the schedule.

Beltway: 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday afternoon. Watch for lane closings on the outer loop between Van Dorn Street and Telegraph Road. The left lane will close at 9 p.m. Friday. The middle lane will close at 11 p.m. At 6 a.m. Saturday, the middle lane will reopen. All three lanes of traffic are scheduled to be open by Sunday afternoon.

Telegraph Road: 5 a.m. Saturday to Sunday morning. Telegraph Road South will be completely closed from Duke Street to Huntington Avenue. Traffic will not be able to exit from Duke Street onto Telegraph Road South.

Detour for westbound motorists: Continue on Duke Street to Van Dorn South to the outer loop to Telegraph Road South.

Detour for eastbound motorists: Continue on Duke Street to Route 1 South and make a right on Huntington Avenue to Telegraph Road South.

Southbound motorists in the Eisenhower Valley should take Eisenhower Avenue East to the traffic circle to Holland Avenue to Duke Street East to Route 1 South and make a right on Huntington Avenue West to Telegraph Road South.

Access from Mill Road to the inner loop will be closed. Take Eisenhower Avenue west to the Eisenhower Connector to the inner loop.

The on-ramps from southbound Telegraph Road to the Beltway will be closed. Motorists in the Eisenhower Valley should take Eisenhower Avenue West to access the Beltway at the Eisenhower Connector.

The inner loop exit to Telegraph Road South will be closed. Detour: Continue on the inner loop to Van Dorn to Franconia Road East to Telegraph Road. Motorists coming from Maryland could take the exit for Route 1 South and make a right on Huntington Avenue West to Telegraph Road South.

Metro weekend delays

The transit authority will be working on four of the five lines this weekend, starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through the rail system’s midnight closing on Sunday..

Red Line: Trains will share a track between Van Ness and Friendship Heights, causing delays of about a half hour. Crews will be working on the tracks in that area. On the eastern side of the line, trains will share a track between Takoma and Forest Glen. The track-sharing will clear a work zone for train control room replacement, cable installation, tie renewal and station upgrades.

Trains will leave the ends of the line about every half hour. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, service will be more frequent between Van Ness and Fort Totten. Trains in that section should arrive about every 10 minutes.

Orange Line: Trains will share a track between Vienna and West Falls Church while crews work on the tracks. Every other train from New Carrollton will turn back at West Falls Church.

Blue Line: Trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road. Workers will be replacing slabs beneath the rails. Trains also will share a track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street, clearing a zone for track work. Trains will operate about every 24 minutes, but there will be delays through the work zones..

Yellow Line: Trains will share a track between Braddock Road and Huntington while crews are working on the tracks. Trains will operate only up to Mount Vernon Square, rather than continuing on to Fort Totten as they normally would on weekends. They will operate about every 24 minutes, but there will be delays through the work zones.

Constitution Avenue NW

This Saturday and next between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., expect up to three lanes on either side of Constitution Avenue to be closed between 23rd and 17th streets NW for the reconstruction project, the National Park Service said.

Monday through Friday between 5:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., drivers may find up to two lanes in each direction closed in the same area.

Sunday through Friday nights between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m, up to three lanes may be closed in each direction between 18th and 16th streets.

Two eastbound lanes nearest the curb on Constitution Avenue between 21st and 19th streets will be closed all day until Wednesday. Beginning Thursday morning, those two lanes will be closed all day between 19th and 17th streets. They are scheduled to reopen by the middle of the following week.

BW Parkway/Greenbelt Road

From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the National Park Service plans to shut the ramp from westbound Greenbelt Road (Route 193) to the southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway to repave the surface. Emergency vehicles still will have access to the ramp.

Maryland bridge inspections

On Saturday, the Maryland State Highway Administration will continue routine bridge inspections, requiring some lane closings.

Old Georgetown Road over I-270 in Montgomery County: Alternating double lane closings on southbound I-270 from 4:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cherry Hill Road over the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County: Closing the two right lanes and the left lane on outer loop at various times from 5 a.m. to 12 noon.

Repaving projects

These are the locations and times for some lane closings announced by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

— Rockville Pike between First Street and Templeton Place, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

— University Boulevard between Arcola Avenue and Colesville Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Georgia Avenue between New Hampshire Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

— Georgia Avenue between Norbeck Road and Glenallan Avenue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beltway/Route 201

Watch for lane closures on the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt where the Maryland State Highway Administration is rehabilitating the Kenilworth Avenue bridge. The closings are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. After midnight, drivers may find as many as three lanes closed.

Beltway/Forestville Road

Single lane closings are scheduled for the Capital Beltway at Forestville Road, where the Maryland State Highway Administration is rehabilitating the bridge. The lane closings can occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Connector bike path

The first section of the biker/walker trail between Needwood Road and Emory Lane in Montgomery County is scheduled to open Saturday. Starting at Needwood Road, the trail will go under Muncaster Mill Road to Emory Lane and end at Georgia Avenue. People will have trail access to and from Muncaster Mill Road.

This and other new trail projects totalling about 11.5 miles are part of the Intercounty Connector plan. The Maryland State Highway Administration will open other trails linked to Georgia Avenue as the remaining eastern sections of the connector open later this year or early next. The work also includes rebuilding three miles of trails in the project zone.

When this is done, the trails will connect the Shady Grove Metro station with the Muirkirk commuter rail station in Prince George’s County.

New Fairfax Parkway ramp

Drivers going from Springfield to Boudinot Drive in Newington now have a direct route with the opening of the ramp from the southbound lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway to Boudinot. From Boudinot, motorists can reach Fullerton Road, Alban Road and southbound I-95.

Part of the ramp opened in June, but this ramp’s opening was delayed because of a problem with the retaining wall, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

I-95 widening

VDOT opened the widened portion of I-95 ahead of scheduled. The project to add a fourth lane between the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123 began in 2008 and was scheduled to be done in early fall. Crews still are working on some finishing touches along the highway, but that won’t affect traffic, said Mike Salmon, a VDOT spokesman. In addition to the widening, the project also extended the acceleration lane from Route 123 to southbound I-95.

Maine Avenue SW

The District Department of Transportation is widening the trail and resurfacing the eastbound roadway along the south side of Maine Avenue SW between the northbound 14th Street Bridge ramp and 12th Street SW in the Waterfront neighborhood.

Street parking in this area is being eliminated, and the number of traffic lanes will shrink from two to one. Some driveway entrances to businesses will be realigned.

Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and there also may be work on weekends between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The project is scheduled to be done by mid-October.

During construction, the sidewalk on the south side of Maine Avenue will be closed. Signs will detour pedestrians to the north side between 14th and Ninth streets. The fish market will be accessible only from the Ninth Street area.

Anacostia Freeway

The District Department of Transportation is repairing the bridge over the Anacostia Park Entrance on the Anacostia Freeway (DC-295). Work is scheduled to continue through Sept. 20. The work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Single lanes will be closed.

Hunter Mill Road bridge

This coming week, the Hunter Mill Road bridge over Difficult Run in Fairfax County will be narrowed to one lane during off-peak hours, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

An annual inspection of the bridge, between Hunter Station Road and Lawyers Road, showed severe corrosion of the steel beams, VDOT said. As a first step, surveyors, drill rigs, engineers and maintenance workers make test borings and collect other information needed to begin construction.

Workers will replace the bridge with a temporary truss, and the weight restriction is being lowered as a safety measure, VDOT said. For one or two weekends in August, VDOT will close the bridge and detour traffic. Those dates haven’t been announced yet. Construction of the permanent replacement is targeted for summer 2012.

By  |  10:01 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Driving

 
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