The Weekend and Beyond: Prepare for long Metro waits and street closures


Traffic? Traffic. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The weekend will get off to a pretty wet start, because rain from Tropical Storm Andrea should continue to deluge the D.C. area through Friday evening. Expect to encounter delays and slippery conditions heading home on Friday. But the Capital Weather Gang forecast says the rain will largely taper off at that point, with more sun and less rain in store on Saturday and Sunday.

There are lots of events around the region this weekend. The Nationals are at home for a series against the Minnesota Twins. They were supposed to play Friday at 7:05 p.m., but that game has already been postponed due to the weather. The teams play Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and will play a double-header Sunday at 7:05 p.m. to make up for Friday’s game. Other events include the Capital Pride parade roaming through Dupont Circle and Logan Circle on Saturday, followed by the Capital Pride street festival on Sunday. There’s also Taste of Wheaton (in Wheaton, obviously) and Israel @ 65 (at Union Market) on Sunday. For more events this weekend, check out this Going Out Guide rundown.

Here’s what you need to know about getting around this weekend:

HIGHLIGHTS: Metro delays | K Street lanes closing | New York Avenue street closures | Capital Pride Parade street closures | Lawyers Have a Heart 5K/10K | Celebrate Fairfax | Capital Beltway lane closures | Annapolis Road resurfacing | Metro wants H Street input

Metro weekend delays

The good news: Metro won’t be closing any stations this weekend, which is a nice change of pace. The bad news: Metro work on all five lines will lead to delays and long, long wait times for trains.

Red Line trains will single-track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook and between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma for rail improvements, platform reconstruction and other work. Trains will run every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont; additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. mean that trains should (emphasis on should) run in that stretch every 12 minutes.

Trains on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines will run every 18 minutes because of work zones on these lines. That work includes platform reconstruction between Stadium-Armory (on the Blue and Orange lines) and Cheverly (on the Orange Line), rail work between Mt. Vernon Square and U Street (on the Green and Yellow lines) and Silver Line testing between East Falls Church and West Falls Church (on the Orange Line). So plan for longer waits at stations.

The delays all begin Friday at 10 p.m. and last through the system’s closure Sunday night.

K Street lanes closing

Two eastbound lanes on K Street NW near 22nd Street NW will shut down from Friday at 10:30 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. This is so the District Department of Transportation crews can work on the 22nd Street bridge over K Street.

Westbound K Street will remain open. A detour will be in place for eastbound traffic, guiding them to the service road, Pennsylvania Avenue, 20th Street and, eventually, back to K Street.

New York Avenue street closures

Travelers on New York Avenue NE will find single-lane conditions in both directions between Florida Avenue and Penn Street. This will run from Friday at 10 p.m. until Saturday at noon.

Capital Pride Parade street closures

The parade will close streets on Saturday afternoon and remain closed until 9:30 p.m.

Here are the street closures:

  • 23rd Street NW between Q Street and N Street (the staging area)
  • 22nd Street NW between Q Street and N Street (the staging area)
  • N Street NW between 22nd Street and 25th Street
  • M Street NW between 22nd Street and 25th Street

And here’s the parade route:

  • East on P St NW from 23rd Street NW
  • Clockwise around Dupont Circle
  • North on New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • East on R Street NW
  • South on 17th Street NW
  • East on P Street NW
  • North on 14th Street NW to N Street NW to the disbanding area just past R Street NWf

Also, a related dance festival on Saturday from noon to midnight will close Church Street NW between 16th and 18th streets.

Lawyers Have a Heart 5K/10K

This is the actual name of an event, apparently? Okay, moving on. It’s scheduled for Saturday morning (the 5K begins at 7 a.m., the 10K at 7:30 a.m. and a fun walk at 7:45 a.m.). The following streets will close from 5:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.:

For staging:

  • K Street NW from 30th Street to Wisconsin Avenue NW

The race begins at K and 31st streets NW (in Georgetown). Here’s the route:

  • East on K Street NW to the Whitehurst Freeway Ramp
  • Left onto the Whitehurst Freeway westbound lanes to M Street NW
  • West on M Street NW to Canal Road NW
  • Westbound on Canal Road NW to Reservoir Road NW
  • U-Turn prior to Reservoir Road NW
  • Eastbound Canal Road NW to M Street NW
  • East on M Street NW (westbound lanes) to the Whitehurst Freeway
  • East on the Whitehurst Freeway to K Street NW
  • West on K Street NW to finish line

Celebrate Fairfax

This event is scheduled to run from Friday to Sunday in Fairfax (obviously). Expect congestion around the celebration and avoid driving near there if you can,

In addition, the event will create some detours for three Fairfax Connector routes. Northbound trips on Route 605 will not serve stops along Government Center Parkway or Monument Drive from Friday at 4 p.m. through Sunday. (Travelers should head to the other side of the road and board a southbound 605 bus, which will turn into a northbound, according to the county.) Route 623 will not enter the Government Center Complex after Friday at 4:36 p.m., while route 621 won’t enter the complex after Friday at 7:01 p.m.

Capital Beltway lane closures

Bridge inspections on the Capital Beltway over Stoneybrook Drive and Rock Creek (near Connecticut Avenue) will lead to right lane closures on the outer loop on Saturday between 4:30 a.m.  and 11:30 a.m.

Annapolis Road resurfacing

Beginning on Sunday night, crews will begin work on the final phase of resurfacing Annapolis Road/MD 450 between the Beltway off-ramp and 85th Avenue in New Carrollton. This work, which the Maryland State Highway Administration says should wrap up later this summer, could lead to one to two lanes closing on weekdays (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and overnight (Sunday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning).

Next week:

Metro wants H Street input

Metro is hosting a pair of community meetings to discuss the H-line bus routes (H1, H2, H3, H4, H8 and H9) as part of an overall study of H-line bus service.

  • Monday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the St. Anthony’s Catholic School library (12th and Lawrence streets NE)
  • Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Library’s large meeting room (3160 16th Street NW)
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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