This weekend is a mix of good news and bad news for travelers. The good news: There should be “ideal weekend weather,” according to the Capital Weather Gang. And while Columbus Day isn’t exactly the most thrilling holiday on the calendar, it still gives plenty of people a day off (including federal employees).
The bad news: Metro track work and a few local events are sure to cause plenty of delays and headaches for travelers. And if you have to go to work on Monday, you could encounter some problems due to the holiday.
Here’s what you should know for this weekend:
TASTE OF D.C.
The festival runs from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday. Expect additional pedestrian traffic in the area (which includes the Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle and Metro Center stations) as people head to the event.
The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic begining on Friday at 8 p.m., according to the District Department of Transportation:
— Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th to 14th streets
— 10th Street NW will be closed from E Street to Constitution Avenue
— 11th Street NW will be closed from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
— 12th Street NW will be closed from E Street to Constitution Avenue
— 13th Street NW will be closed from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
The streets are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday at 3 a.m.
MAJOR METRO DISRUPTIONS
Metro will be shutting three stations and conducting work on the Green, Yellow and Orange lines to install new equipment and conduct repairs.
• The Shaw, U Street and Columbia Heights stations will close Friday at 10 p.m. and remain closed until the system reopens Tuesday morning.
• Free shuttle buses will replace trains and run between the Mount Vernon Square and Georgia Avenue stations, making stops outside each of the closed stations. Metro advises riders who will be using the shuttle buses to expect 20 minutes of additional travel time.
• The last train will leave Greenbelt 30 minutes earlier than usual (at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights/early the following morning and at 11 p.m. on Sunday and Monday nights).
• Free shuttle buses will replace trains between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations. Metro advises riders who will be using the buses to expect 30 minutes of additional travel time.
• Both of those stations will remain open for transfers between trains and buses.
• The last train will leave Vienna 17 minutes earlier than usual (at 2:08 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights/early the following morning and at 11:08 p.m. on Sunday and Monday)
• Trains will run every 20 minutes between the Vienna and West Falls Church stations and share a single track.
Sunday note: Metro will open an hour early (at 6 a.m.) on Sunday for the Army 10-Miler. The buses shuttling passengers around the closed stations will also begin service at 6 a.m.
The Army 10-Miler will be held on Sunday, moving from Arlington into the District and back again.
Runners will be taking the following roads over the course of the race. These roads will intermittently close along the route beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concluding by noon. (Remember, unexpected delays could cause street closures to linger.) If you prefer a visual guide, here’s a course map.
— Across the Arlington Memorial Bridge around Lincoln Circle to Henry Bacon Drive
— East on Constitution Avenue, NW
— North on 19th Street, NW
— West on Virginia Avenue, NW
— South on Rock Creek Parkway, NW to Ohio Drive, SW
— East on Independence Avenue, SW (runners will take the Westbound side)
— Northeast on Maryland Ave SW
— South on 1st Street, NW (crossing Peace Circle and Garfield Circle)
— West on Independence Avenue, SW (runners will stay on the left side)
— South on 14th Street, NW to I-395
— I-395 Northbound HOV lane to the Eads Street ramp
The annual Italian street festival will be held on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event, which will be held at 3rd and F streets NW, is right near the Judiciary Square station.
The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department:
— Third Street at G Street NW, with no southbound traffic on 3rd Street.
— F Street at 4th Street NW, with no traffic on F Street.
— Third Street between the I-395 ramp and G Street NW, with no northbound traffic on 3rd Street.
THE CAPS ARE BACK
The Washington Capitals kick off their 2011-2012 season at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at 7 p.m. Expect added congestion on the streets surrounding the Verizon Center and on the Metro before and after the game. Tampa Bay also comes to the Verizon Center on Monday at 7 p.m., so if your Columbus Day celebrations run into the evening and you’re in the neighborhood, expect similar crowds. (Check out the Capitals Insider’s 2011-2012 Season Preview.)
SOUTHBOUND 295 FLYOVER BRIDGE OPENING
The new southbound DC-295 flyover bridge in Southeast Washington will open this weekend, according to the District Department of Transportation. The opening, which will occur in phases, will begin at midnight on Friday and should be completed by Saturday afternoon.
Southbound traffic will be shifted from the current lanes to the new flyover bridge. This will require temporary lane closures, ramp closures and detours, so drivers might want to avoid these roads during this period of time.
The following ramps will be closed from Friday at 10 p.m. through Saturday at 3 p.m.:
— Ramps from Pennsylvania Avenue to southbound DC-295
— The ramp from the outbound 11th Street Bridge to southbound DC-295
— The exit ramp from southbound DC-295 to Howard road.
The following detours will be in place during the ramp closures:
— Traffic heading eastbound on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and south from the Third Street Tunnel will be detoured onto South Capitol Street to access southbound 295
— Traffic heading on Pennsylvania Avenue SE will be detoured via 11th Street SE, onto M Street SE and then onto South Capitol Street to access southbound 295
— Traffic trying to get to Howard Road SE from southbound 295 will be detoured to Suitland Parkway and then to Firth Sterling Avenue SE to Howard Road SE.
There will also be single lane closures on southbound DC-295 beginning on Friday at 8 p.m. to allow for the completion of construction work.
The new flyover bridge involves the realignment of the Anacostia Freeway’s southbound lanes between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road. This is the first phase of complete work on the 11th Street Bridge Project.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT ON MONDAY
D.C.: Parking enforcement will be lifted (which means no tickets for expired meters, residential parking, street sweeping and rush hour violations). However, parking restrictions will be enforced at bus stops near Metro stations where Metro is performing track work.
Arlington: Parking meters will not be enforced.
Alexandria: Parking restrictions will not be enforced.
Montgomery County: Parking will be enforced.
D.C. DMV CLOSING FOR THE HOLIDAY
Department of Motor Vehicles service centers in the District will all be closed from Saturday through Monday.
Quite a few Metrobus routes will be detoured this weekend:
— Routes 13, 32, 34, 36, 54, 63, 64, A11, A42, A46, A48, P6, S2, S4 and V8 will detour around Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th streets due to Taste of D.C. The detours will run from Friday at 8 p.m. through Tuesday at 3 a.m., just like the street closures.
— Routes 7A, 9A, 10A, 13F, 13G, 16B, 16G, 16K, 16P, 25A, 32, 34, 36, 52, 54, 74, 80, 96, P6 and V8 will detour around Washington Boulevard, the Memorial Bridge and Independence Avenue SW due to the Army 10-miler. The detours will run on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m.
There are also some specific service changes for Metrobus service on Monday due to the holiday. (See below.)
COLUMBUS DAY TRANSIT CHANGES
• Virginia Railway Express will not be running.
• There will be no MARC service, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. (Penn Line passengers, Amtrak trains will not honor your weekly or monthly MARC tickets on Monday.)
• Alexandria’s DASH system will run on a Saturday schedule.
• Montgomery County’s Ride On buses will be running normal weekday service.
• Prince George’s County’s TheBus will run normal service on Monday, except for routes 51, 51-Extended and 52. All normal operations resume on Tuesday.
COLUMBUS DAY METRO SERVICE CHANGES
• Metrorail will run a Saturday schedule on Monday. The rail system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.
• Metrobus will run a Saturday schedule on Monday. (There will be some additional trips on some routes, so check your particular timetable for details.) However, the following trips that run on Saturday nights will not be running on Monday night:
— W8 from Anacostia Station at 12:45AM, 1:15AM, 1:55AM, 2:35AM, 3:15AM
— W6 from Anacostia Station at 1:00AM, 1:30AM, 2:10AM, 2:50AM, 3:30AM
— W2 from Howard Rd. at Anacostia Station at 1:10AM, 1:45AM, 2:20AM, 2:55AM, 3:30AM
— W2 from United Medical Center at 12:42AM, 1:17AM, 1:52AM, 2:27AM, 3:00AM
— U8 from Minnesota Ave Station at 3:20AM
— U6 from Minnesota Ave Station at 1:11AM, 1:41AM, 2:11AM, 3:11AM
— P6 from 10 Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW at 12:54AM, 1:24AM, 1:54AM, 2:54AM
— P6 from Rhode Island Ave Station at 1:20AM, 1:50AM, 2:20AM
— H8 from Rhode Island Ave Station at 1:29AM, 2:02AM, 2:35AM, 3:08AM
— H8 from Mount Pleasant at 1:29AM, 2:02AM, 2:35AM, 3:08AM
— G8 from Farragut Square at 12:40AM, 1:10AM
— G8 from Avondale at 12:31AMG2 from Georgetown at 12:58AM, 1:34AM
— G2 from LeDroit Park at 12:30AM, 1:06AM
— D2 from Glover Park at 1:12AM, 1:52AM, 2:32AM
— D2 from Dupont Circle Station at 1:35AM, 2:15AM, 2:55AM
— B2 from Anacostia Station at 1:30AM, 1:56AM, 2:26AM, 2:56AM
— B2 from Mount Rainier at 1:15AM, 1:45AM, 2:15AM
— 96 from Duke Ellington Bridge at 1:30AM, 2:15AM, 2:55AM
— 96 from Capitol Heights Station at 1:19AM, 1:50AM, 2:30AM
— 82 from Rhode Island Ave Station at 12:50AM, 1:20AM, 1:50AM
— 82 from Mount Rainier at 1:05AM, 1:35AM
— A4 from Anacostia Station at 1:00AM, 1:30AM, 2:00AM, 2:30AM, 3:00AM
— A4 from DC Village at 12:30AM64 from Fort Totten Station at 12:39AM, 1:19AM, 1:59AM, 2:39AM
— 64 from 10th Street and Constitution Av NW at 1:55AM, 2:35AM, 3:15AM
— 62 from Georgia Ave-Petworth Station at 1:28AM, 2:08AM, 2:48AM, 3:33AM
— 62 from Takoma Station at 1:12AM, 1:52AM, 2:32AM, 3:17AM
— 16E from Pentagon Station at 1:41AM, 2:30AM, 3:30AM
— 16E from Culmore at 1:03AM, 1:42AM, 2:15AM
— 7A from Pentagon Station at 1:30AM, 2:30AM, 3:30AM
— 7A from Lincolnia Road and Quantrell Ave at 1:55AM, 2:55AM