Weekend work on Red, Orange lines and I-95

The weekend should be delightful, according to the forecast from the Capital Weather Gang, and there is relatively little for local travelers to worry about on the roads and rails. But note a few disruptions for Metrorail and highway work.

95 Express Lanes map
VDOT map shows 29-mile route of 95 Express Lanes.

While there are no major sporting or civic events likely to cause jam-ups, there are plenty of outdoor activities, including some in the Going Out Guide’s 10 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend.

Metrorail
Red Line. Crews will work on the tracks between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes throughout the weekend. But more trains will be in service between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In that zone, trains should reach platforms every 10 to 12 minutes.

Orange Line. Crews will work on platform repairs between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly and on the fences and communication cables between West Falls Church and East Falls Church. All along the line, trains will operate every 24 minutes throughout the weekend.

Green Line. Metro had planned to close the track between College Park and Greenbelt on Saturday to continue testing new rail cars. But this week’s heavy rains forced cancellation of that plan. So the Green Line will operate on its normal schedule throughout the weekend.

I-95 in Virginia
The construction of the 95 Express Lanes in the middle of I-95 will continue through the year. On many weekends — including this one — the HOV lanes will be closed for the work.

From 11 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Sunday, the I-95/395 HOV lanes will be closed between the D.C. line in the north to Dumfries in the south, just beyond Exit 152 for Route 234, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. Crews will be working on overhead sign structures and fiber optic lines, finishing work on bridges and paving the new lanes.

This is still a relatively light travel season, but watch for some extra congestion. On normal weekends, the HOV rules are suspended and the lanes are open to all drivers, providing extra capacity for weekend getaways.

Storm’s aftermath
While there’s no other weekend project as big as the 95 Express Lanes, drivers across the D.C. region should be on the watch for smaller work zones as crews try to correct some of the damage from this week’s rain and flooding. The storms left lots of debris on roadways and tore up pavement.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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