The weekend and beyond: Few major travel issues, till Monday

Inauguration preparations at Capitol.

Preparations for Monday’s inauguration are underway at the Capitol, but travelers won’t experience much disruption Saturday or Sunday. (Jewel Samad – AFP/Getty Images)

We’ll have plenty of visitors in the D.C. area for Monday’s presidential inauguration, so if you notice people pausing on the streets or in train stations and puzzling over directions, try to help them out. And if they happen to pause on the left side of Metro escalators, be gentle.

While the temperature is going to plunge this coming week, the Capital Weather Gang says the weekend weekend travelers will encounter highs in the mld-40s, though it will be breezy.

The Post’s Going Out Guide has some entertaining suggestions on weekend activities leading up to the inauguration. Rachel Karas offers nine tips for keeping yourself and your property safe in crowds. The guide also lists some of the events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s life throughout the holiday weekend and beyond.

There are plenty of traffic and transit issues that could affect your travels through the holiday weekend, but one thing I don’t have to list this time is Metro track work. Nothing is scheduled for this inauguration weekend.

In this posting, I’ll focus on travel Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and end with links to many of the postings and stories we’ve done to guide travelers on Inauguration Day.

Inauguration weekend

While the inauguration traffic restrictions and transit schedule changes will be widespread on Monday, weekend travelers should encounter little difficulty getting around. The main thing to watch for on Sunday will be the “Emergency No Parking” signs that will start to appear on some downtown streets near Pennsylvania Avenue and the Mall.

Metro will be operating its normal weekend service. The only planned change on Sunday will affect Judiciary Square station. The F Street entrance will close at 4 p.m. for the remainder of the day, because of an event at the National Building Museum.

The road work schedule for the D.C. region is very light this weekend. In Virginia and Maryland, travelers can get up to date information on travel conditions by phoning 511. While it is a three-day weekend, the holiday getaway traffic should be relatively light. There may be some get-in traffic on local highways as people arrive in the D.C. area for the inauguration.

Arlington road work

Workers have closed a 150-foot section of South Wakefield street north of the Columbia Pike intersection till 5 a.m. Saturday. A detour takes drivers through Ninth Street South and South Buchanan Street.

Emergency repairs to affect I-95 North

From 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to close lanes on Interstate 95 North in Howard County for an emergency road repair. At about 1 a.m., drivers will find three of the four northbound lanes closed. The workers will fix a joint in the Middle Patuxent River Bridge.

Overnight drivers probably will be better off choosing Route 1, Route 29 or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Routes 50/301 on Eastern Shore

Traffic heading west on the Route 50 bridge over Route 301 near Queenstown will be switched to the recently finished left lane on Friday night. This marks the halfway point in a Maryland State Highway Administration renovation affecting this important crossroads on the Eastern Shore. Both lanes of the bridge are scheduled to be open by early May, before the heavy traffic of the warm weather months, the SHA said.

Immediately after westbound traffic is switched to the left lane, workers will begin demolition of the bridge deck’s right lane. Nighttime closings will be scheduled in late January and early February to remove the old beams from the other half of the bridge. .

Dulles Metrorail in Tysons

Much of the remaining work on the the first stage of Metro’s Silver Line is focused on the new stations in Tysons. Tuesday and Thursday nights, crews are scheduled to install segments of the pedestrian bridge that will connect with the station on the northwest side of Route 123 between International Drive and Tysons Boulevard. While the work occurs overnight, the resulting structure will be highly visible to commuters on Route 123.

From 11 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, southbound Route 123 will be closed between Tysons Boulevard and International Drive. The northbound side will be closed in the same area from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

 Inauguration Day

Here’s the list of other postings and stories that may help you plan for Monday:

 

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