Cherry Blossom events

Watch for crowding throughout the coming week on the streets near the Tidal Basin and on Metro as the cherry blossoms reach their predicted peak bloom.

Next weekend will be a busy one for festival events.

On April 6, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival will draw crowds throughout the day for free music at venues around Seventh and Water streets SW. The fireworks go off after sunset on the Washington Channel. The nearest Metrorail stations are Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza.

April 7 is the date for the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., starting and ending on the Washington Monument grounds. The nearest rail stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, but watch out for Smithsonian throughout the festival. It tends to get very crowded.

New Circulator hours

Starting Monday, opening day for the Washington Nationals’ season, the D.C. Circulator’s Union Station-Navy Yard route and the Potomac Avenue-Skyland route will extend service hours and days through Sept. 30.

These bus routes offer a convenient option for fans who don’t want to deal with crowds at the Green Line’s Navy Yard station near Nationals Park.

The Union Station-Navy Yard route will run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Service hours will be extended further for night games, and buses will be added on the route.

The Potomac Avenue-Skyland route, operating via Barracks Row, will run from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 am. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

New I-66 travel signs

Drivers on Interstate 66 this week should see more message boards displaying average travel times, part of a program the Virginia Department of Transportation began in 2011.

These are the locations for the seven new signs:

Driving east: past Route 234, with the travel time to the Vienna Metro; at the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to I-495; near Route 50, with the travel time to the District.

Driving west: at Sycamore Street, with the travel time to the Capital Beltway; before the Beltway, with the travel time to Route 50; west of Route 123, with the travel time to Route 234 Business; at Monument Drive, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville; west of the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville; west of the rest area with the travel time to Route 15 in Haymarket.

Travel times will be displayed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

Stringfellow Rd. widening

The Virginia Department of Transportation is widening two-lane Stringfellow Road to four lanes along the two crowded miles between Fair Lakes Boulevard and Route 50.

Work is scheduled to be done in summer 2015.

Utility relocations began in October 2010, and they are scheduled to be done this spring as the road work starts. That will result in overnight lane closings and occasional closings during the day.

During the first year of construction, workers will build a northbound detour road parallel to Stringfellow Road between Melville Lane and Point Pleasant Drive. Crews also will build the first section of a new bridge over Big Rocky Run as well as the new southbound side of Stringfellow Road.

95 Express Lanes

The 95 Express Lanes project will close the Telegraph Road bridge over Interstate 95 near Quantico for about nine months starting this week.

During that time, workers will demolish the old bridge and build a new one over I-95 and the future express lanes.

Telegraph Road traffic will be detoured to Russell Road or Route 1 to reach I-95.

This probably will add to travel time during both morning and afternoon rush hours.

The new bridge should open in late 2015.

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