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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/27/2012

The weekend and beyond

Travelers will notice the strong winds on Friday, but this may be the best weather of the next few days, the Capital Weather Gang says. If you can’t get your outdoor activities done today, hope for the best on Sunday afternoon, because there will be chilly rain in between.

Watch the forecast as you head out to the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival, the D.C. United game at RFK Stadium or the St. John’s-Navy croquet match in Annapolis on Saturday.

Man-made obstacles to travel will include Metro’s track work and several road projects across the D.C. region.

Metro weekend maintenance

Metro will be working on two lines from 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Blue Line: Just like last weekend, buses will replace trains between Rosslyn and Pentagon while crews replace wooden rail ties. Arlington Cemetery station will be closed.


Jarrett Singmore, foreground and Junior Delgado, Metro trackwalkers, inspect a stretch of track east of Van Dorn street station in April 2011. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Blue Line trains will operate between Rosslyn and Largo Town Center and between Franconia-Springfield and Mount Vernon Square. Note that the latter segment is a rerouting on the trains via the Yellow Line bridge.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Rosslyn and Pentagon stations. Shuttles to and from Arlington Cemetery will operate out of the Pentagon station, but not out of Rosslyn.

Riders traveling between Virginia and D.C. can avoid the work zone by taking a Blue or Yellow line train over the Yellow Line bridge. If your destination is Arlington Cemetery station and your origin point is on the eastern side of the Blue Line, change trains at L’Enfant Plaza to reach Pentagon station.

Riders who travel through the work zone should add at least 15 minutes to their normal travel time.

Red Line: This is a little simpler. Trains will share tracks between Forest Glen and Takoma and between Van Ness and Farragut North.

Trains will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 24 minutes throughout the weekend, but riders should anticipate it will take about 20 minutes of extra time to get through the work zones.

Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, more trains will operate in the middle of the line, between Farragut North and New York Avenue. That should provide train service about every 12 minutes in downtown D.C., Metro said.

Riders who normally use the east side of the Red Line might be better off using the Green or Yellow lines this weekend.

Lee Highway/Gallows Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the Lee Highway (Route 29) and Gallows Road intersection in Merrifield, west of the Capital Beltway, from 9 p.m. Friday to mid-afternoon Sunday. Workers will be repaving the intersection.

Drivers won’t be able to cross the intersection, and VDOT encourages motorists to use alternative routes. A detour will take drivers around the intersection via Prosperity Avenue, Gallows Road, Providence Forest Drive, Hartland Road, Lee Highway and Porter Road.

All businesses along Lee Highway and Gallows Road will remain accessible, VDOT said, but drivers will need to use the detour if they are approaching one of those businesses from the other side of the intersection.

Watch for detour signs, message boards and police along the approaches to the intersection.

The weekend work is part of a VDOT project to widen the intersection, add left-turn lanes on Lee Highway and build sidewalks. It’s scheduled to be done in November.

14th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation plans to close the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on the 14th Street Bridge from 8 p.m. Friday through 3 p.m. Saturday. During the closing, workers will be milling and paving the roadway.

New York Avenue Bridge

From 5 a.m. to noon Saturday, drivers will find only a single lane open in either direction on New York Avenue between Penn Street and Florida Avenue. The lane closings will make room for work on the New York Avenue Bridge over the railroad tracks north of Union Station.

Maryland bridge inspections

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to inspect several highway bridges in the D.C. area this weekend, and the inspections require lane closings.

From 5 a.m. to noon Saturday, several lanes will be closed on northbound Interstate 95 at Route 212 (Powder Mill Road). On from 5 a.m. to noon Sunday, the closings will be on the southbound side of I-95 in the same area of Prince George’s County.

Rock Creek Park

The National Park Service said a lane of Beach Drive between Wise Road and Sherrill Drive NW will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday during road repairs. One lane will remain open for recreational users. (This is an area normally closed to motorists on weekends.)

Constitution Avenue

There’s no work scheduled for this weekend in the reconstruction zone on Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd and 15th streets.

But several jobs will be underway next week. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers may find the eastbound curb lane closed between 17th and 15 streets while a fence is installed.

Also, Pepco will be cutting an electrical trench across Constitution Avenue at 16th Street for the traffic signal. That could take several weeks to complete, and may require closing two lanes of Constitution Avenue in either direction between 17th and 15th streets.

By  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, WMATA, mass transit, public transportation, D.C. metro System, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA

 
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