A hefty blizzard is heading toward the Northeast, but here in Washington the weekend forecast calls for blustery winds and chilly temperatures. There could also be a quick dusting tonight, according to the Capital Weather Gang, but otherwise we’ll just have the collateral damage of winds, rain and cold.
The chilly winds probably won’t slow people who want to party with Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child (she’s hosting an event at Bar 7 tonight), stop by Chinatown for the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday or hear Bon Jovi at the Verizon Center, also on Sunday. For more things happening this weekend, check the Going Out Guide.
Here’s what you need to know for getting around this weekend and beyond:
Metro weekend delays
Though there won’t be any station closures, Metro work will still lead to single-tracking and delays on the Red and Orange lines.
Red Line: Trains will single-track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook and between Rhode Island Ave and Takoma. This is to allow for platform reconstruction, track work and third-rail upgrades.
If you’re traveling through either of these work zones, add at least 15 minutes to your travel time.
Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 24 minutes. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, extra trains will operate between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, so trains should service those stops every 10 minutes.
Orange Line: Trains will single-track between Ballston and West Falls Church (for rail joint elimination and fastener renewal) and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly (for platform reconstruction).
Orange Line trains will run every 24 minutes throughout the weekend. Make sure to add at least 15 to 20 minutes to your travel time.
[UPDATE: The Red Line work will last until the system closes on Sunday, but the Orange Line single-tracking will only last until the system closes on Saturday. Head here for more.]
Beltway lane closures in Prince George’s County
Bridge work will close lanes from Friday night until Saturday morning on the southbound Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) between Kenilworth Avenue and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Single lane closures begin on Friday at 7 p.m., while double lane closures begin at 9 p.m.; this should last until Saturday at 5 a.m.
New York Avenue single lane conditions
Work continues on the New York Avenue Bridge rehabilitation in Northeast Washington, which means another Saturday with lane closures on the roadway.
On Saturday, between 6 a.m. and noon, New York Avenue will be down to one lane in each direction between Florida Avenue and Penn Street. Expect the usual delays.
And here’s a map, because who doesn’t love maps?
Cupid’s Undie Run street closures
Cupid’s Undie Run, which is happening on Saturday in D.C., is going to close a few streets from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
- Pennsylvania Avenue from 2nd to 4th streets SE
- Independence Avenue from 1st to 2nd streets SE
- First Street between Independence Avenue SE and Constitution Avenue NE
In addition, parking will be restricted in the 200 and 300 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
Arlington streets closed by 5K
The Love The Run You’re With 5K is scheduled for Sunday in Arlington. As a result, the Arlington County Police Department will close the following streets:
- S. Joyce Street between S. 15th Street and Army Navy Drive from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
- Army Navy Drive between S. Joyce Street and S. 25th Street from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown
This event will close multiple streets on Sunday, so watch out for delays in the vicinity. These street closures are for drivers, but remember that there will also be general crowding for pedestrians around the parade route and in the immediate area.
This street is going to close on Sunday at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m.:
- H Street NW between 6th and 7th streets NW
This street will close on Sunday at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen by 3:30 p.m.
- I (Eye) Street between 5th and 6th streets NW
And these streets will close on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and are scheduled to reopen by 4:30 p.m.:
- I (Eye) Street from 5th to 7th streets NW
- 7th Street NW from I (Eye) to G streets NW
- G Street NW from 7th to 9th streets NW
- 8th Street NW from G to H streets NW
- H Street NW from 8th to 6th streets NW
Wizards, Capitals at the Verizon Center
The Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 7 p.m., while the Capitals host the Florida Panthers on Saturday at 7 p.m. Make sure to be aware of the Red Line delays (which could create headaches getting to or from the game) and prepare for crowding around the Verizon Center. After that, both teams are out of town for more than a week.
Bon Jovi at the Verizon Center
This concert is scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 p.m. If you’re heading to the show via Metro, be aware of the Red Line work (which could create delays getting to or from) and remember that the system closes at midnight. In addition, expect delays and crowding around the venue before and after the show.
I-95 North lane closures next week in Md.
Construction next week will close lanes overnight on northbound I-95 between Sandy Spring Road and the Intercounty Connector.
From Sunday through Thursday nights, single lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., followed by two lanes closing at 11 p.m. and three lanes shutting down at midnight. There will be one or two complete stoppages lasting up to 30 minutes on I-95 North between midnight and 4 a.m. In addition, the ramps from Sandy Spring Road to I-95 may close during these temporary stoppages.
All lanes should be open by 5 a.m. the following morning, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Limited parking continues at MARC Halethorpe station
Installation of a pedestrian bridge at the MARC station in Halethorpe will continue to limit parking there until next Wednesday. Head here for more.
Public meetings on Metro’s proposed overhaul
And in case you missed it: Metro is hosting three public meetings next week to discuss the $26 billion overhaul of the system proposed last month. If you can’t make those, Metro’s head of planning will also discuss the proposal at a public meeting next week in Silver Spring.
Fairfax County Silver Line bus meetings
More public meetings! The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has been hosting meetings to discuss the proposed bus service connecting to the Silver Line. There’s still one left — on Monday, Feb. 11 in Reston (at Lake Anne Elementary School, 11510 North Shore Dr.), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
[This post has been updated to include the Love The Run You’re With 5K on Sunday and to note the change in Metro’s Orange Line work, which was announced on Friday afternoon.]