Dr. Gridlock's Transit, Road Advice for the Week

Sunday, September 27, 2009

U2 Concert at FedEx

The band's concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at FedEx Field in Landover, and if the traffic congestion is anything like it was for the Paul McCartney show in August, it will severely test fan loyalty.

The concerts draw thousands of people who are unfamiliar with the roads and parking around the Redskins stadium, and that slows down everybody. Best advice is simply to go early and be patient.

The Arena Drive exit from the Capital Beltway is now open full time. But Maryland highway officials say the Route 214 exit (Central Avenue) is usually a good bet for special events, because it tends to be less crowded.

Transit users: The Blue Line's Morgan Boulevard Station is the closest Metrorail stop to FedEx Field. Metro is going to keep it open an extra hour, until 1 a.m., to help people get home from the concert. No other stations will let people enter after the normal midnight closing time. Trains will be available for transfers to other lines. Metro also will add extra trains after the concert.

ICC Meets I-95

Early Monday, the Maryland State Highway Administration will temporarily close all lanes of I-95 between Route 198 and Route 212 for 15-minute intervals. The closings will repeat periodically through the spring as the state builds three bridges over I-95 for the Intercounty Connector.

These 15-minute closings will occur between midnight and 4:30 a.m. on northbound I-95 and between midnight and 3:30 a.m. on the southbound side. Each night, there could be up to four closings.

In addition to the complete shutdowns, the project might also close one or two lanes of I-95 between exit 33 and exit 29 Sunday nights through Friday mornings. On the northbound side, that would be from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. On the southbound side, it would be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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