[This post has been updated with new Metrorail times.]
After so much rain, people can’t be blamed for feeling like caged lions needing to get outdoors. Two more weekends after this and it’s Memorial Day. We should be seeing getaway traffic, plus more activity on local streets. But even the road crews have been slowed by this rainy weather.
The Capital Weather Gang forecast shows that Sunday is likely to be the better of the two weekend days for travel and outdoor activities. The gang is looking at more rain on Saturday afternoon.
Sporting events: The Nationals are at Nationals Park for a four-game weekend series against the Florida Marlins, which includes an afternoon game and a night game on Saturday. The Orioles also are home at Camden Yards for a series with the Detroit Tigers. D.C. United plays at 7 p.m. Friday in RFK Stadium. The Mystics play at 7 p.m. Friday in Verizon Center.
The many fans who take Metrorail to these events should check the weekend track work schedule below.
For those of you leaving town for the weekend, see the note below about extra traffic on the Bay Bridge. And also, remember to allow extra time for getting through the southbound bottleneck on I-95 in the Garrisonville Road area where the regular lanes and the express lanes merge.
The weekend NASCAR races in Dover, Del., may draw some extra traffic to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge through Sunday. And at this time of year — soggy as it may be — we tend to see the getaway traffic building anyway. Meanwhile, bad weather may limit the Maryland Transportation Authority’s ability to ease traffic by putting one lane of eastbound getaway traffic onto what is normally the westbound span.
For this weekend and the weekends ahead, these are generally the best travel times at the bridge: Thursday and Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m., Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m., Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Headlight use is required at all times on the bridge.
At 5:05 p.m. Friday, Metrorail updated the start of schedule changes for the Red, Green and Yellow lines. Single tracking around work zones is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Friday.
Red Line. Crews will work on the tracks between Dupont Circle and Van Ness starting at 8 p.m. Friday. The trains are scheduled to operate every 18 minutes until the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday and will share a track around the work zone.
Orange, Blue lines. From 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday’s closing, trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian. The trains on each line are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes.
Silver Line. From 7 a.m. Saturday through Sunday’s closing, the trains will operate only between the west end of the line at Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston. Switch to an Orange Line train to continue a trip toward the District. On the open portion of the line, the trains are scheduled to operate every 12 minutes. (Shrinking the Silver Line like this has become standard operating procedure when there is a scheduled or unscheduled disruption in the tunnel through downtown Washington, as there is this weekend with the Orange and Blue lines.)
Green Line. From 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday, trains will share a track between Mount Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza. Work crews will be replacing insulators, a project that had not been announced previously. From 7 a.m. Saturday through the Sunday closing, trains also will share a track between Georgia Avenue-Petworth and Prince George’s Plaza. The crews in that zone will install communication cable.
Yellow Line. From 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday, trains will share a track between Mount Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza, the same work zone that affects the Green Line. From 7 a.m. Saturday through the Sunday closing, train frequencies will be adjusted to coordinate with single-tracking on the Green Line.
The Yellow Line trains will end their northbound trips at Mount Vernon Square, rather than continuing to Fort Totten. To continue north from Mount Vernon Square, board a Green Line train.
Police Week 5K
Saturday morning’s National Police Week 5K run/walk is scheduled to start and end near the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Judiciary Square. The start time is 9 a.m. See a course map.
E Street NW from Third Street to Fifth Street NW is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. These streets along the course are scheduled to be closed from 8:45 to 10 a.m.:
Fifth Street NW from H Street to E Street NW, Fourth Street NW from H Street to E Street NW, Fourth Street SW from Jefferson Drive to D Street SW, Third Street NW from H Street to D Street SW, G Street NW from Sixth Street to Third Street NW, F Street NW from Sixth Street to Third Street NW, E Street NW from Sixth Street to Second Street NW, Indiana Ave NW from Fifth Street to Second Street NW, C Street NW from Sixth Street to Third Street NW, Pennsylvania Ave NW from Seventh Street to Third Street NW, Constitution Avenue NW from Seventh Street to Louisiana Avenue NW, Madison Drive NW from Fourth Street to Third Street NW, Jefferson Drive SW from Fourth Street to Third Street SW, Independence Avenue SW from Seventh Street to Washington Avenue SW, C Street SW from Sixth Street to Third Street SW.
Getting to Reagan National Airport
Weekend construction is scheduled to close the eastbound Route 233 bridge where traffic enters Reagan National Airport from Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City. All vehicles headed to the airport from Crystal City will have to use the George Washington Parkway entrance ramps.
The closing is set to begin after 11 p.m. Friday and continue till about about 4 a.m. Monday.
Cathedral Commons Spring Festival
The spring festival is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For the festival, D.C. police will close Newark Street NW between Wisconsin and Idaho avenues from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Police officers memorial at Capitol
The 35th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at 11 a.m. Sunday, and Capitol Police say there will be some street closings from 12:01 a.m. Sunday till 5 p.m.:
First Street between Constitution and Independence avenues, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between First and Third streets, Maryland Avenue SW between First and Third streets.
Taste of Arlington
The annual street festival is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It’s at Wilson Boulevard between Glebe Road and North Pollard Street, part of North Randolph Street and along North Stuart Street to Ninth Street.
Parking is available at the Ballston Public Parking Garage next to the Ballston Common Mall. The nearest Metrorail station is Ballston.
These streets are scheduled to be closed from noon Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Wilson Boulevard between North Quincy Street and North Glebe Road, North Stuart Street between North Ninth Street and Wilson Boulevard, North Randolph Street between the Ballston Parking Garage and North Ninth Street. (The garage is open.)