Weekend street closings, Metrorail schedules


The annual Barbecue Battle will close part of Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle)

The first weekend of summer will be milder than the last days of spring, the Capital Weather Gang says. The Nationals are home at Nationals Park, but the big outdoor activity in the District will be the annual barbecue battle on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which includes street closings.

Barbecue Battle
The 2014 National Capital Barbecue Battle will take place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets NW. The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. D.C. police plan to close these streets from 7 p.m. Friday through the festival:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from Ninth to 14th Street.
  • 13th Street between E Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • 12th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue.
  • 11th Street between E Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • 10th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue.

The nearest Metrorail stations are Federal Triangle, Archives and Metro Center.

Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala
The Ford’s Theatre event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. D.C. police will close the street in front to traffic —  that’s 10th Street NW between E and F streets —  from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metrorail weekend service
All stations are open, and the Green Line will be operating normally. But on the other lines, trains will share tracks around work zones and the schedules have been adjusted to accommodate that from 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Red Line. Crews will work on a switch replacement at Shady Grove, and on various track projects between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Meanwhile, workers will continue repairs on tracks, fences and light poles between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes throughout the weekend. But between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, extra trains will be in service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In that zone, trains should reach platforms every 10 minutes.

Orange Line. Crews continue to work on platforms, tracks and communications equipment between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. All along the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend.

Blue Line. Work continues on the switch installation at Reagan National Airport, as well as on the tracks between the airport station and Braddock Road. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes.

Yellow Line. The work zones are the same as on the Blue Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. If you’re continuing farther north, wait at the Mount Vernon Square platform for a Green Line train in the direction of Greenbelt.

Reagan National Airport platform elevator
The elevator connecting with Franconia-Springfield/Huntington platform is out of service this weekend. Riders who need elevator access to Metrorail should exit at Crystal City and ask the station manager to call for a shuttle bus. Or before starting your trip, call (202) 962-1825 to make the request.

I-95 in Baltimore
Drivers going to Baltimore or through Baltimore this summer will encounter lane splits and lane closings as the Maryland Transportation Authority rebuilds the highway deck between Caton Avenue and the Fort McHenry Tunnel. In the latest phase, which began Thursday, the left of the on-ramp from I-395 to southbound I-95 has been closed for two months. When leaving downtown Baltimore after a game at Camden Yards or a visit to the Inner Harbor of Fells Point, consider one of these alternatives to I-395: alternate routes when exiting downtown: Key Highway to McComas Street to southbound I-95, Russell Street to southbound I-95 or Washington Boulevard to southbound I-95.

See more details about the I-95 project here.

I-95 in Northern Virginia
As on many weekends this summer, sections of the HOV lanes on I-95/395 will close as part of the 95 Express Lanes project. The weekend schedule for these reversible lanes is complicated under normal circumstances, and the construction project, scheduled to be done by the end of this year, only makes it more complex. Here’s the project’s plan for this weekend:

  • 11 p.m. Friday: Close all I-95/395 HOV lanes from the D.C line to Dumfries.
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Open I-95 HOV lanes heading south from Newington (just south of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway) to Dumfries. Also open during those hours will be the I-395 HOV lanes southbound from the District to Exit 2 (Edsall Road). But the HOV lanes will be closed between there and Newington.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday: Close I-95 HOV lanes south between Newington and Dumfries. Reverse I-395 HOV lanes from Edsall Road to the District.
  • 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday: Open I-395 HOV lanes heading north between Edsall Road and the District.
  • 11 p.m. Saturday: Close all I-95/395 HOV lanes from Dumfries to the District.
  • 8 a.m. Sunday: Open all HOV lanes heading north from Dumfries to the District.

The District’s 11th Street Bridge
The new ramp from eastbound I-695 (the Southeast-Southwest Freeway) to 11th Street SE is scheduled to open Saturday. This creates a direct link from eastbound I-695 to Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard, Barracks Row and downtown Anacostia.

Also on Saturday at 9 a.m., the District Department of Transportation will close the ramp from 11th Street SE to westbound I-695 for two months so crews can continue work on the 11th Street Bridge project.

While the ramp is closed, traffic will be detoured to I (Eye) Street SE and Virginia Avenue SE to drivers can reach westbound I-695 via the ramp from Third Street SE.

In addition to that work, DDOT also plans to close the eastbound lanes of I-695 between Sixth Street and Eighth Street SE from 4 a.m. to noon Saturday to install new overhead sign panels for the new eastbound I-695 ramp. The detour for this will be via the Sixth Street exit to the Eighth Street ramp onto I-695.

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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