The Capital Weather Gang warns travelers to watch for icing Saturday night following Saturday’s rain and snow, plus but there’s still a chance of rain on Sunday.
The main issues in your travel forecast for the D.C. region are Metro’s extensive track work and the anti-abortion rally and march on Monday. Fans going to two weekend Wizards games or the Georgetown game at Verizon Center should check the Metro work schedule, since all lines will be affected.
The Patriots have the home field for the football playoff with the Ravens on Sunday, so there’s no issue about game traffic in the Baltimore area.
Metro weekend delays
Red Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Bethesda and Grosvenor. The Medical Center station will be closed. Workers are replacing track circuits along the line.
The transit authority says trains will operate on a normal weekend schedule between Shady Grove and Grosvenor and between Bethesda and Glenmont. But riders passing through the work zone should expect delays of about 20 minutes on their normal travel times.
The last Red Line train from Shady Grove will leave 15 minutes earlier than usual, at 2:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. (That’s the night owl service from Friday and Saturday nights.) The last train on Sunday night will leave at 11:15.
Orange Line: Trains will share a track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Vienna and New Carrollton every 24 minutes.
Metro says service will be coordinated with the Blue Line to provide trains every 12 minutes at stations from Rosslyn to Stadium-Armory .
Blue Line: Trains will share a track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street. They will leave the ends of the line at Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 24 minutes, Metro says.
Green Line: Trains will share a track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue. They will leave the ends of the line at Greenbelt and Branch Avenue every 24 minutes. Metro says more trains may enter service based on the ridership and track space.
Yellow Line: Trains will share a track between Braddock Road and Huntington. They will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square every 24 minutes. More trains may be added based on ridership and track space.
Riders who want to go north of Mount Vernon Square to stations including Fort Totten and Greenbelt should switch to a Green Line train on the same platform.
No work is scheduled for this weekend on the National Park Service reconstruction project along Constitution Avenue between 15th and 23rd streets NW, but expect as many as two lanes in each direction to be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The project is scheduled to be done in the spring.
The Wilson Bridge project plans some weekend work at the Telegraph Road interchange that will have a significant impact on traffic.
From 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday and from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, the ramp from Telegraph Road South to North Kings Highway will be closed. Drivers should take the Huntington Avenue ramp to Huntington Avenue East to Route 1 South to North Kings Highway.
From 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, the ramp from Telegraph Road South to the Capital Beltway’s outer loop will be closed. Drivers should take the Huntington Avenue ramp to Huntington Avenue East to Route 1 North to the ramp for the outer loop.
Telegraph Road South will be completely closed for 15 minutes just after midnight from just before the ramp for the outer loop to Huntington Avenue. The exit for the outer loop will be closed, but the exit for the inner loop will be open.
Maryland weekend lane closings
The Maryland State Highway Administration continues to do routine inspections of highway bridges, requiring some weekend lane closings.
From 4:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, watch for lane closings on northbound I-270 at the Shady Grove Road bridge.
From 5 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, watch for lane closings on southbound I-95 at Brooklyn Bridge Road, and then from 9 a.m. to noon, look for closings on the northbound side.
New York Avenue lane closings
The District Department of Transportation will be closing lanes overnight on New York Avenue between Penn Street and Florida Avenue NE. This is part of the bridge reconstruction over the railroad tracks.
From 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday, a single lane will be open in each direction.
The reconstruction is one of the District’s biggest transportation projects. It’s scheduled to be done in 2013.
D.C. drainage work
The District Department of Transportation is replacing 23 drain systems along the streetcar tracks on Firth Sterling Avenue and South Capitol Street in Anacostia.
That’s good news for bicyclists who were concerned that their wheels would get caught in the old-style drains, but it means some off-peak lane closings and traffic shifts on those roads starting Tuesday and continuing through Feb. 2.
Monday’s rally and march
Thousands of anti-abortion protesters will participate in the annual March for Life on Monday in D.C. A rally is scheduled for noon just west of Eighth Street on the National Mall near the Smithsonian Castle. The march from there will start at 1:30 p.m. and go along Constitution Avenue NW east up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court.
D.C. police have issued a list of street closings for 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday:
Maryland Avenue NE from Constitution Avenue to First Street NE; First Street NE from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SE; Third Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW; Fourth Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW; Seventh Street SW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SW.
From 11:30 a.m. till about 12:30 p.m., F Street NW from Seventh to 12th Street and 12th Street NW from F Street to Constitution Avenue will be closed while participants in a prayer session at Verizon Center march to the Mall.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., these streets will be closed till the marchers pass by on their way to the Supreme Court: Constitution Avenue NW from Third Street to Ninth Street NW, Constitution Avenue from Third Street to First Street NE, Third Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue NW; Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. No traffic will be allowed to go east on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh Street NW and Constitution Avenue. See a map of the march route.
The marchers will disperse after 5 p.m., and that’s likely to have an impact on the evening rush period in downtown D.C. and on Capitol Hill. Many participants will walk north to Union Station or south to the Capitol South Metro station.