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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 10/21/2011

The weekend and beyond

For travelers planning to attend the Howard Homecoming, the boo fest at the National Zoo, the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference in Rockville or the walk/bike/run on the Intercounty Connector, rain won’t be a problem this weekend, according to the Capital Weather Gang’s forecast. We may even get well into next week without getting wet.

But prepare for travel delays on the ground and below it. Here’s a look at some of the activities that could slow you down this weekend and beyond.

Metrorail maintenance delays

The transit authority plans maintenance work that will affect travel on four lines this weekend, but the most significant impact will be on the Red Line, with two stations closing.

Red Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through the train system’s midnight closing Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and New York Avenue. Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be closed.

Trains will operate on the normal weekend schedule between Shady Grove and New York Avenue and between Glenmont and Fort Totten. Add about 30 minutes to normal travel times for getting through the work zone on the shuttle buses.

The last trains from Glenmont will depart 27 minutes earlier than usual, at 2:10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at 11:10 p.m. Sunday.

If you’re traveling on the east side of the Red Line to downtown D.C. for an event like the 7 p.m. Saturday hockey game at Verizon Center, you can avoid the work zone by getting off at Fort Totten and taking a Green Line train to Gallery Place.

Blue Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday’s closing, trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road. Workers will be repairing the slabs beneath the rails.

Trains will leave the stations at the end of the line about every 20 minutes. Add about 20 minutes to get through the work zone.

Green/Yellow lines: From 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday closing, Green Line trains will share a track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza. Crews will be working on the rails.

Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only, rather than continuing north to Fort Totten. Trains will operate every 16 to 20 minutes on each line. Allow about 20 extra minutes of travel time.

Metrobus detours

Several weekend events will require buses to alter their routes.


Routes 13F, 13G, 32, 34, 36, 52, 54, 64, 70, 74, P6, S2, S4 and V8 will detour from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. to get around the Washington Monument Grounds and surrounding streets for the Best Buddies Special Olympics Challenge.

Routes 70, 90, 92, 96 and G2 will detour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. around the 2200-2600 blocks of Sixth Street NW for the Howard University Homecoming Festival and Parade.


Routes D3 and D6 will detour from 10 p.m. Sunday to 6:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 30 around F Street NW between Fifth and Seventh streets and around Sixth Street between E and G streets for the Washington International Horse Show next week at the Verizon Center.

Chain Bridge

Travelers have been telling me that the schedule for the weekend maintenance closings of the Chain Bridge has been off kilter. Sometimes, they discovered the bridge was open when it was scheduled to be closed, or vice versa.

Contrary to the original schedule, the District Department of Transportation says, the bridge will be open this weekend. I hope to have an update next week on whether other closings are coming up.

Howard Homecoming events

The homecoming parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday outside Howard University’s Main Administration Building at 2400 Sixth St. NW and ends at the Valley in the middle of campus. Prime viewing spots are along Georgia Avenue NW near Banneker High School.

The football game between the Howard Bison and North Carolina A&T is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Greene Stadium. The events are likely to generate a lot of congestion along the Georgia Avenue NW corridor in the vicinity of Howard University. See more about homecoming events at The Root DC.

We also have a list of homecoming events in The Going Out Guide.

D.C. police said the following streets will be closed and have parking restrictions in effect from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• North on Sixth Street to Fairmont Street NW

• West on Fairmont Street to Georgia Avenue NW

• South on Georgia Avenue to Florida Avenue NW

• Southeast on Florida Avenue to Fifth Street NW

• North on Fifth Street to T Street NW

• East on T Street to Anna Cooper Circle NW

• Southeast around the circle to Third Street NW

• North on Third Street to Elm Street NW

• East on Elm Street to Second Street NW

• North on Second Street to Bryant Street NW

• West on Bryant Street to Fourth Street NW

• North on Fourth Street to the Valley

Best Buddies Challenge bike ride and fun run

Best Buddies International is holding several events Saturday that will require widespread street closings, according to D.C. police. Route maps are available at

Here is a list of Saturday closings as of Friday afternoon:

• Clara Barton Parkway , Chain Bridge Road to Glen Echo (turn-a-round) access to MacArthur Boulevard NW, closed 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m..

• Canal Road, from 36th Street to Chain Bridge Road NW, closed 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• M Street NW eastbound from Reservoir Road, (closed 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Reservoir Road, from V Street to Canal Road, minimal access to Fletcher’s Boat House, follow police direction.

• Whitehurst Freeway NW, closed 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• M Street, will be open westbound. M Street will be closed eastbound only from Canal Street to the Key Bridge, from 6 a.m. 10a.m.

• Ohio Drive SW, access to Potomac Golf Course only.

• Independence Avenue, from 14th Street to 23rd Street, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 17th Street, from Independence Avenue to D Street SW, closed 6 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

• 15th Street, from Maine Avenue to E Street SW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 15th Street, from Independence Avenue SW to Constitution Avenue NW, closed 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Third Street, from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW, closed 6 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

• 14th Street, from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW, closed 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Pennsylvania Avenue between Third Street and 15th Street NW, closed 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Jefferson Drive, from Third Street to Seventh Street SW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Madison Drive, from Third Street to 15th Street NW, 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• East Basin Drive-395 South ramp to Ohio Drive river side SW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Buckeye Drive-395 North to Ohio Drive river side SW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Constitution Avenue NW, from 23rd Street to Third Street NW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 395 ramp to Maine Avenue SW, closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Beginning 9 p.m. Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close Exit 64 from I-66 West to the Capital Beltway’s outer loop. It will remain closed till 5 a.m. Monday while crews work on rebuilding the ramp.

Detour: Traffic will be directed to continue west on I-66 to Exit 62, Nutley Street, then follow signs to I-66 East back to the outer loop (I-495 South).

Drivers heading west on I-66 may encounter periodic delays approaching the Beltway because of this work, which is part of the high-occupancy toll lanes project.

Rock Creek Parkway

Federal Highways Administration, which is rehabilitating a portion of Rock Creek Parkway corridor for the National Park Service, is continuing the weekend closures of Beach Drive from the parkway northward to Porter Street.

Work begins at 7 p.m. Fridays and ends by 4 a.m. Monday. If the work gets done earlier, the roadway reopens earlier.

Calvert Street/Shoreham Drive by the Shoreham Hotel and Cathedral Avenue will be open to northbound traffic only.

The entry gate on Beach Drive for the National Zoo will be closed for all these weekend roadwork closures. For access to the zoo, use the main entrance on Connecticut Avenue or enter via Harvard Street NW.

The southbound curb lane of Rock Creek Parkway remains closed approaching Waterside Drive.

I-295 bridge repairs

Bridge deck repairs are scheduled for the Anacostia Freeway (I-295) over Howard Road and Suitland Parkway through Nov. 28, the District Department of Transportation says.

The repair work will be performed lane by lane. While one travel lane on the bridge is closed, the two others will be kept open. The repairs are done between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Work on I-395 bridges

The District Department of Transportation has set up work zones for the first phase of the Air Rights Tunnel project on the H Street and Massachusetts Avenue bridges and the Air Rights Tunnel (I-395).

The initial work zone for the H Street and Massachusetts Avenue bridges will occupy the center travel lanes between Second and Fourth streets NW.

Outside of the jersey barriers put up for the project, work will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. There might also be some work on Sundays. Behind the barriers, work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. At least one lane in each direction will be open during work hours.

The initial work zone within the Air Rights Tunnel will occupy the shoulder lanes on both sides. Outside the jersey barriers, work will occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and might also take place on Sundays. Behind the barriers, work is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the work hours, at least one lane will be open in each direction.

Beltway/Telegraph Road

The Wilson Bridge construction project plans to close the ramps from Telegraph Road to the Capital Beltway’s outer loop from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, then again Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon next Friday.

From southbound Telegraph Road, detour by taking Huntington Avenue eastbound to northbound Route 1 to the Beltway. From northbound Telegraph, go to eastbound Duke Street, then to southbound Route 1 to the Beltway.

Beltway/Gallows Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp from northbound Gallows Road (Route 650) to the Beltway’s outer loop (I-495 South) for two weeks starting Monday. Workers will be replacing the old ramp and completing paving for the new Beltway lanes that are part of the high-occupancy toll lanes project.

Detour: Traffic will be directed to continue north on Gallows Road past Inova Fairfax Hospital, then turn right onto Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) and follow signs to I-495 South.

By  |  09:47 AM ET, 10/21/2011

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