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The weekend and beyond

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So you're heading to the Race for the Cure on Saturday or a weekend Nats game, or the Beltway BBQ Showdown at Watkins Regional Park? The Capital Weather Gang predicts a hot, sticky weekend with chances of storms in the evenings. I predict crowding in downtown D.C., Tysons, West Falls Church and various other points across the Washington region, because of traffic and transit delays. See the details and look ahead to next week.

You can always get clued in to potential delays by looking at our new D.C. area map of road and rail work and our advice map to guide your travels.

Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a very popular annual run, is this Saturday at the Mall.

Race course
The participants start in waves. Runners are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at Seventh Street and Madison Drive NW. They will head west on Constitution Avenue past the Ellipse and into Foggy Bottom before looping back past the Washington Monument and onto Jefferson Drive along the Mall to a finish line on Independence Avenue south of the Air and Space Museum.

At 8:15 a.m., the walkers start from the Mall at Fourth Street NW, then pick up the same route as the runners. The race generally ends about 11 a.m.

Take Metro
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. Saturday, two hours early. The most crowded stations before and after the race are likely to be Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Archives. Consider using Metro Center, Gallery Place, L'Enfant Plaza or Union Station, even if it means a longer walk. Parking is free on weekends at Metro's lots and garages. Note that the Rhode Island Avenue lot closed recently for construction.

Orange Line service
There will be no Orange Line service between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations for the next two Saturdays and Sundays. The Dulles Metrorail project will be working on the first of a series of construction programs that by 2013 will connect the new rail line to the rest of the system.

Metro will operate free shuttle buses between the two stations on the Saturdays and Sundays, but riders should add at least half an hour to their travel times.

The service disruptions will begin on each of the Friday nights. From 10 p.m. to the 3 a.m. closing this Friday and June 11, trains will share a track between East Falls Church and Vienna. Riders traveling between the stations at those late-night hours should add at least 40 minutes to regular travel times.

When the Metrorail service is completely shut on the two Saturdays and Sundays, it would be best not to park at Vienna, Dunn Loring, or West Falls Church, the stations west of the disruption. One option is to drive east to Franconia-Springfield Station on the Blue Line or Huntington Station on the Yellow Line for the rail trip downtown.

Travel in Tysons
Tysons Corner is getting rearranged. The HOT lanes project and the Dulles Metrorail project, which come together in Tysons, are lining up some major moves this weekend and next week.

Route 7 lane shift
Drivers in Tysons Corner will experience major delays Friday night, June 4, when all three eastbound lanes of Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) between Spring Hill Road and Route 123 will shift about 40 feet to prepare for construction of the Tysons Central 7 Metrorail station in the median.

Several lane closures will take place overnight between Best Buy and Route 123. Watch also for changes to the traffic signals at Marshalls Drive and at the Route7/Gosnell Road/Westpark Drive intersection. Weather permitting, workers will restripe the lanes in time for the new traffic pattern to be in place by 9 a.m. Saturday, June 5. If the work has to be postponed because of storms, it will be rescheduled for overnight Friday, June 11.

After the shift, pedestrians will be able to use new temporary sidewalks along this stretch of eastbound Route 7. The traffic shift will remain for the next three years.

Bridge demolition
Traffic on the Capital Beltway's outer loop has been shifted to a new bridge over Route 123 and the ramps have been adjusted.

Next weekend, the old Beltway bridge is scheduled to be demolished. That will require the complete closing of Route 123 at the Beltway from 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 14.

Traffic in and out of Tysons Corner will be detoured. Drivers leaving the shopping areas will be directed to Route 7. McLean traffic heading into Tysons will be directed to Georgetown Pike (Route 193). Expect delays navigating the Route 123 and I-495 interchange.

After the demolition of the old bridge, workers will start building a new one, as well as a HOT Lanes connection into Tysons Corner at the Westpark Drive bridge. Meanwhile, other crews will be working on the Dulles Metrorail guideway piers over the Beltway.

Magarity Road
Detours are likely to continue nightly through the week of June 7 for drivers who use Magarity Road in the McLean/Falls Church/Tysons area. Magarity Road will be closed between Olney Road and Great Falls Street between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Workers on the Dulles Metrorail project will be installing decking and superstructure on a new bridge that will carry tracks in the median of the Dulles Connector Road across Magarity Road.

Magarity Road runs north/south parallel to Route 123 from Great Falls Street to Route 7. All side streets south of the Connector Road along Magarity will be open. Magarity Road from Olney Road south toward Route 7 will not be affected.

Braddock Road/Beltway
The HOT lanes project creates little adventures all along the western side of the Beltway in Virginia. Expect delays Friday night, June 4, approaching the Braddock Road/Beltway interchange. Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will shift the eastbound lanes of Braddock Road to the new bridge at the interchange.

New York/Florida avenues
The District Department of Transportation has decided to delay the change in the traffic pattern at New York and Florida avenues NE until Friday, June 11. The department had planned to make the change this Friday night, but announced it needs to complete adjustments to the traffic signal timings and make some other technical adjustments.

Weather permitting, the new plan will take effect starting at 9 p.m. on June 11. It will create a circular traffic pattern around the Wendy's restaurant at the busy intersection, which also includes First Street and Eckington Place.

The reconfiguration of the intersection, a $3 million project intended to improve circulation and safety, is scheduled to be done in August. The transportation department says it will announce the final traffic pattern at that time.

Ohio Drive
The reconstruction of Ohio Drive is scheduled to be done in late fall. It affects the roadways between Independence Avenue SW at the intersection of Ohio Drive SW, northward to the southern end of Rock Creek Parkway, the area immediately south of the Kennedy Center.

Phase 2 work, now underway, is scheduled to be done at the end of July. From 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays, all traffic will be stopped at 17th Street and Independence Avenue, the National Park Service said, all traffic will be routed to either northbound 15th or northbound 17th streets.

The park service strongly recommends that Inbound drivers use 15th Street/Raoul Wallenberg Place SW from Maine Avenue SW and from westbound Independence Avenue before reaching 17th Street to alleviate back-ups likely to occur just west of 17th Street on westbound Independence Avenue SW because of the traffic stop. After 10 a.m., traffic will be allowed to proceed west past 17th Street on Independence Avenue.

The impact of the project is noticeable to both rush hour and non-rush hour traffic. There will always be two lanes inbound for the morning rush and two outbound for the afternoon rush (3:30 to 6:30 p.m.). There will be no inbound lanes during afternoon rush. During off-peak times, one inbound lane and one outbound lane will be open. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured around the east side of the Lincoln Memorial.

At night, sections of roadway might be completely shut.

University Boulevard paving
Watch for single lane closings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday between Veirs Mill Road and Arcola Avenue.

By Robert Thomson  | June 4, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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