Foggy Bottom station closed; get details on Metro, road work

By Robert Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 14, 2011; 11:38 PM

This long holiday weekend includes two major transportation projects that will affect both transit users and drivers. Metro needs to replace four track switches at the Foggy Bottom Station, a big project that will require closing the station for the entire weekend. Meanwhile, drivers should avoid the Capital Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange, where lanes and ramps will be closed as part of the Wilson Bridge project.

Through it all, the Capital Weather Gang says, travelers will encounter moderating temperatures and partly cloudy skies, with a chance of a wintry mix late on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here's a look at some of the obstacles you'll face as you travel the D.C. area.

Metro's weekend projects

Blue and Orange lines

No service between Rosslyn and Farragut West stations. Foggy Bottom will be the only station shut down. This will be in effect from 10 p.m. Jan. 14 through the rail system's midnight closing Jan. 17.

Virginia riders headed into the District should consider using the Yellow Line to avoid the track closure, then transfer to Blue and Orange Line trains at L'Enfant Plaza. Metro will operate extra Yellow Line trains between the Huntington and Mount Vernon Square stations between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17.

If the Yellow Line dodge doesn't work, you can board one of Metro's free shuttle buses. They will operate between North Moore Street at the Rosslyn Station, 23rd Street at Foggy Bottom and 17th and 18th streets at Farragut West. If you have to close the train service gap via bus, build in an extra 40 minutes to your travel time.

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