The weekend and beyond: Nationals playoff crowds, Metro work and more

October 12, 2012

The Nationals are at home again Friday night following the team’s thrilling 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Thursday, which means there could be more postseason baseball coming this weekend. There are also plenty of other events in the area that could impact travelers. Head over to the Going Out Guide for the latest on what’s happening.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for lovely weather with breezes and plenty of sunshine. Here are some things to know for getting around this weekend and beyond:

Nationals Playoff Baseball Continues on Friday…

The Nationals are hosting Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Friday at 8:30 p.m. As with the games on Wednesday and Thursday, expect this to create major gridlock around the ballpark before and after the game. (We’ll have a separate post on Dr. Gridlock with tips for getting to and from the game.)

…And Looking Ahead To Sunday

Should the Nationals win on Friday and advance to the National League Championship Series, that would start on Sunday at Nationals Park. Expect the usual heavy crowds around the ballpark if that happens.

And if the team is playing on Sunday, the Metro track work on the Red and Green Lines would be cleared early. (It’s currently scheduled to wrap up on Sunday when the system closes. See the next item for more.) 

Metro weekend delays

Metro has work set for the Red and Green Lines. This was initially scheduled to begin on Friday at 10 p.m. and last until the system’s closure on Sunday night.

Now the work will only begin once the baseball crowds have made their way through the system after Friday night’s game. (The exact timing varies from game to game, but for comparison’s sake: It took about an hour for this to happen following the end of Thursday night’s game.) And the track work will be cleared early on Sunday and be out of the way when baseball fans begin heading to the ballpark. 

Here’s the planned work: 

• Red Line: Single-tracking between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stops and between the NoMa and Fort Totten stations. Red Line trains will run between Glenmont and Shady Grove every 20 minutes; extra trains will run between Grosvenor and NoMa on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., so during that window trains should service stations in that area every 10 minutes. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip. 

• Green Line: Single-tracking between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza. Trains will run between Greenbelt and Branch Avenue every 16 minutes, so add at least 10 minutes to your trip. 

• Yellow Line: There won’t be any track work, but trains will turn around at Mount Vernon Square due to the Green Line work.

Getting to FedEx Field

The Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. As always, this means heavy congestion heading to and from the field. Make sure you read Dr. Gridlock’s tips on getting to the game. 

Law Enforcement Run to Remember closures

The Law Enforcement Run to Remember is on Sunday in D.C. Here’s the route for the run, which will begin and end at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (located at the Judiciary Square on E Street NW between 4th and 5th streets). There’s also a bike ride beginning and ending at National Harbor.

Here are the street closures that will go into effect on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and last until about 10 a.m.:

  • 3rd Street NW from G Street NW to C Street SW as well as all crossing streets
  • Independence Avenue SW from 4th Street SW to 3rd Street SE
  • 2nd Street SE from Pennsylvania Avenue SE to East Capitol Street SE
  • East Capitol Street SE between 1st and 2nd streets SE
  • First Street from East Capitol Street to Independence Ave SE

Beltway/Telegraph Road Interchange closures

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project continues to close multiple ramps and lanes around the Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange. 

This weekend:

• Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.: The Inner Loop local will be reduced to one lane between U.S. 1 and Telegraph Road. (Use the thru lanes here.) The Inner Loop local exit ramp to Telegraph Road North and Eisenhower Avenue will be closed. (Drivers should try using exit 174 to Eisenhower Avenue East.) The access ramps from U.S. 1 North and South to the Inner Loop local  lanes will be closed.  (Drivers should use the access ramp to the thru lanes.) 

• Sunday from midnight until 5 a.m.: All Inner Loop local lanes will close between U.S. 1 and Telegraph Road. Drivers should use the thru lanes; all local traffic will be routed to U.S. 1 South to Huntington Avenue West to Telegraph Road North to the Inner Loop. 

Paving continues to slim University Dr. in Fairfax

Expect some delays due to roadwork around George Mason University in Fairfax. The Virginia Department of Transportation is paving a stretch on University Drive between Rappahannock River Lane and Rapidan River Road.

One lane will be closed in each direction on Friday (from 10 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following morning) and on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights (from 8:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning).

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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