The Washington Post

The weekend and beyond: Extensive Metrorail work, soccer at RFK, bridge projects

The District plans to close part of 11th Street SE this weekend for removal of an old freeway ramp. (11th Street Bridge Project)

[This post has been updated.]

Friday will be a mild and muggy day, but watch out for rainstorms arriving during the evening along with a cold front, the Capital Weather Gang says. Saturday and Sunday look pretty good for outdoor activities.

D.C. United plays at 5 p.m. Sunday at RFK Stadium. There’s no action at Verizon Center or Nationals Park this weekend. With the exception of the George Washington Parkway Classic noted below, there are no big events to draw large crowds or shut down streets. The biggest transportation issue to be aware of is the resumption of Metro’s weekend track work program on all lines. Pay particular attention to the Red Line disruption in downtown D.C.

Metro weekend track work

All the work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through Metrorail’s midnight closing Sunday.

Red Line. The Judiciary Square station will be closed. Free shuttle buses will bridge the gap between Union Station and Gallery Place.

Here’s the really complicated part: The trains will operate in three segments.

Between Glenmont and Union Station, trains are scheduled to operate every 10 minutes during the day and at regular weekend intervals other times. Between Shady Grove and Farragut North, they should arrive every 10 minutes during the day and at regular weekend intervals other times.

A shuttle train will run continuously between Farragut North, Metro Center and Gallery Place. If your route includes these three stations and the west side of the Red Line, walk to the opposite side of the platform at Farragut North to continue your trip.

Metro says the shuttle train, an unusual option during weekend track work, is being added to provide more frequent service downtown than would otherwise be possible. The location of switches and signals is the issue. If trains had to start their westbound run to Shady Grove at Gallery Place instead of at Farragut North this weekend, it would add significantly to the time between those trains, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

To make the shuttle bus connections, the last train from Glenmont to Union Station will leave at 2:05 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, it will leave at 11:05 p.m.

Here’s one bright spot about the work: Crews will be installing new lighting fixtures between the tracks at Judiciary Square, which should improve the view for riders on the Red Line platforms.

Orange Line. The Orange Line also will be split, with the Court House and Clarendon stations closed. The free shuttle buses will operate between Virginia Square and Rosslyn during this track circuit replacement project. Trains between Vienna and Virginia Square, and between Rosslyn and New Carrollton are scheduled to operate every 15 minutes. Add an extra 15 minutes to normal travel time if using the shuttles.To make the shuttle bus connections, the last train from Vienna to Virginia Square will leave at 2:05 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:05 p.m. Sunday.

Blue, Yellow lines. Trains will share a track between Braddock Road and Pentagon City. Yellow Line trains will operate every half hour between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. (On a normal weekend, they would continue north to Fort Totten. To continue north from Mount Vernon Square this weekend, wait for a Green Line train.) Blue Line trains also will operate every half hour.

Green Line. Green Line trains will share a track between College Park and Greenbelt. Trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, every other train will end its run at College Park  rather than Greenbelt. The train ride between College Park and Greenbelt is likely to take 15 minutes longer than normal because of the track sharing.

11th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation plans to close 11th Street SE between M and K streets from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. The 11th Street SE access ramp to westbound Interstate 695 (the Southeast-Southwest Freeway) also will be closed during those hours. Workers are demolishing the old outbound freeway bridge over 11th Street as part of the District’s 11th Street Bridge rebuilding project.

Detours. Northbound 11th Street traffic will be detoured via M Street SE to Eighth Street, then to G Street to get back to 11th Street. Southbound drivers will be detoured onto I (Eye) Street SE, Eighth Street and then M Street to get back to 11th Street. Drivers heading for the freeway will be detoured to I Street SE toward the Third Street Tunnel ramp to westbound I-695/I-395.

GW Parkway Classic

Participants in Sunday’s George Washington Parkway Classic will see increased security, and parking will be restricted around the finish area, the city of Alexandria announced. City-owned trash cans will be sealed before the race begins.

No parking will be allowed on North Union Street between King and Oronoco streets from 4 a.m. till noon Sunday. Vehicles still in the restricted area on Sunday morning will be towed. At noon Saturday, Alexandria police plan to close Pendleton Street between Fairfax and Union streets, and North Union Street between Oronoco and Pendleton streets, for about 24 hours.

On Sunday, police will close these roads:

  • The George Washington Parkway (Washington Street) southbound from Franklin Street to the city line, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (Residents in affected areas will be accommodated, police said.)
  • Franklin Street between South Washington and South Union streets, South Union to King Street, North Union to Oronoco Street, and parts of North Fairfax and Oronoco streets. Cross traffic will be allowed during breaks in the race, but expect travel delays.
  • The bike path at Oronoco Bay Park will close at noon Saturday. Cyclists will be detoured to Fairfax Street.

For the last mile of the race, the course will be lined with uniformed officers, including city officers, Virginia State Police and officers from other local jurisdictions, in honor of Arlington police officer Peter Laboy, wounded in February. This part is a special tribute, an addition to the other security and safety measures for the event.

The 10 miler and the 5K events both begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. The 10 miler will start at Mount Vernon Estates and finish in Old Town at Oronoco Bay Park. The 5K will start at Belle Haven Marina and also will finish at Oronoco Bay Park.

Bay Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to install new lane markings, rumble strips and signs on the westbound Bay Bridge. These are intended as safety measures for the peak-demand times when this span is open to two-way traffic.

Starting Friday, workers first will remove the old rumble strips and pavement markings, then install the new ones, in a project likely to take one week. The westbound span may be closed Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, closings are likely to occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. During those closings, drivers will encounter two-way traffic on what is normally the eastbound span.

“Westbound motorists will need to adjust to the new pavement markings, which will
prohibit changing lanes between the left and center lanes for the entire trip across
the bridge, whether or not two-way operations are in effect,” Col. Michael Kundrat, chief of the transportation authority police, said in a statement. “New signs reminding motorists to stay in their lane will also be installed as part of this effort.”

Testing Douglass Bridge

The District Department of Transportation plans to test the swing span on the Douglass Bridge, the South Capitol Street bridge over the Anacostia River, from 4 to 9 a.m. Sunday. During these operations, the moveable portion is lowered and then turned around to a position that lets river traffic pass. Workers will do the test and then make any necessary repairs, reopening the bridge as soon as they are done.

D.C. United at RFK

Here’s a reminder for soccer fans about how to reach RFK Stadium’s Lot 8 now that a portion of the Southeast Freeway near the stadium is closed.

To RFK from Interstate 395: Continue across the 11th Street Bridge over the Anacostia River. (That’s also I-695.) Take the ramp for northbound DC 295. Move toward the right so you’ll be able to take the exit for westbound Pennsylvania Avenue and cross the river again via the Sousa Bridge. Make a sharp right around Barney Circle SE to reach the Stadium Access Road into Lot 8 on the southeast side of RFK.

While coming around Barney Circle, you could also make a left onto 17th Street SE, then go right on Potomac Avenue SE and turn left onto 19th Street SE. At Independence Avenue SE, turn right and continue to Lot 8, which will be on your right.

Leaving RFK: Officials with the project think your best bet on exiting Lot 8 is to continue across the East Capitol Street (Whitney Young) Bridge over the Anacostia River and take the exit on the right for southbound DC 295.

Continue to the new ramp on the right of DC 295 that leads onto the 11th Street Bridge (I-695 again). Since you’re heading for I-395, stay in the left of the two lanes on that ramp so that once on the bridge, you will need to move only one lane to the left to be lined up for I-395.

Be Street Smart

This spring’s Street Smart law enforcement campaign continues through May 13. Across the D.C. region, officers will be paying special attention to traffic law violations. They pay special attention to crosswalk violations by motorists and cyclists, as well as to jaywalking pedestrians. Fines range from $40 to $500, depending on the type of the violation, and drivers can lose points.

This post has been updated.

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.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Maggie Fazeli Fard · April 19, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.