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The weekend and beyond

[This post has been updated]

Here's a list of projects to watch out for this weekend, and some tips on getting around Washington's roads and rails.

Chain Bridge
The District Department of Transportation will close one lane on the Chain Bridge on Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Crews will remove sections of the work platform used during the bridge project. All lanes will be open for rush hour, DDOT said.

Metro
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch his second home game Friday night. Expect heavy crowds on the Green Line and there will be traffic problems on South Capitol Street and around Nationals Park.

The Friday game has a start time of 7:05 p.m., and gates are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. The Saturday game starts at 4:10 p.m. (plus, it's Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead night), and the Sunday game at 1:35 p.m.

Here's some advice from Dr. Gridlock:

Driving
-- The 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac doesn't have an easy side during rush hour. The traffic is always heavy at peak periods in both directions. Leave plenty of extra time.
-- The Nats no longer have game-day parking at RFK Stadium or a Nats Express to shuttle fans to and from Nationals Park.
-- If you're plotting a trip with an online map or GPS, the park's address is 1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1507
-- See the parking options on the Nationals Web site.
-- Don't be thinking about finding an easy spot in the neighborhoods around Nationals Park. The District already thought of that. Street parking for non-residents is either banned or very expensive all the way up to Capitol Hill.
-- There will be plenty of D.C. traffic-control officers and police along South Capitol and M streets.

Transit
-- Metro is a best bet, but the Green Line, which stops at Navy Yard Station, will be very crowded and the platform will be jammed before and after the game.
-- When you exit the train, you'll be directed toward the Half Street entrance, the large one built to handle baseball crowds. That's the safest exit, too, because fans are just a block from the park and don't have to cross any major streets.
-- After a crowded game, I sometimes find it easier to enter the station from the New Jersey Avenue side, rather than Half Street. See how long the line is to get into the Half Street side.
-- Most complaints I hear come from fans who find huge crowds at the main transfer stations, L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. They endure long waits for the connecting trains.
-- As with any big event, make sure you've got enough value on your SmarTrip card or Farecard so you don't have to stand in yet another long line at the fare vending machines on the way home.
-- Metro charges for parking at its lots and garages till the train system's closing.
-- Buses provide a bit of a release valve, though they can get stuck in the traffic. These Metrobus routes serve Nationals Park: 70, P1, P2, V7, V8, and V9. Also, the District operates a Circulator bus route linking Navy Yard Station, Eastern Market Station and Union Station.

Biking
There are more than 250 bike racks around Nationals Park, and there's a free bike valet service in Red Garage C at the corner of N and 1st streets SE.

Red Line Rehabilitation
-- Metro riders traveling between the New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue stations should add at least 20 minutes to their trip due to maintenance work on elevated tracks after 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday.
-- Metrorail riders traveling between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel times because of track work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
-- On Saturday and Sunday all Red Line trains will depart about every 15 minutes from Shady Grove and Glenmont stations. For people traveling between Grosvenor-Strathmore and New York Avenue stations, trains will operate about every eight to nine 9 minutes.

Beltway closing for funeral
The funeral and interment of Maryland Trooper First Class Wesley W. Brown will take place Saturday. Expect delays along the route of the procession.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Jericho City of Praise in Landover at 10 a.m. Interment is in Suitland, and the procession is scheduled to leave the church after noon. Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Morris said the inner loop of the Beltway will be closed Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the funeral procession. The shutdown will begin at Arena Drive and extend south to Exit 11 (Pennsylvania Avenue).

The procession will travel from Arena Drive to I-495 south; then from Exit 11B (Pennsylvania Avenue0 to Forestville Road; will drive by the Maryland State Police Forestville Barracks; turn right on Suitland Parkway; exit at Suitland Road and proceed to the cemetery.

Washington, D.C. Triathlon
Triathlon organizers are expecting 2,500 participant, including D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, for the Sunday event. It all begins at 5:45 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 11:30 a.m. However, there are road closures Saturday and Sunday. Here is a course map and a list:

Saturday
-- Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive: Noon to 8 p.m.
-- Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Sixth Street NW: 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday
-- Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive: 3:30 to 10:15 a.m.
-- 17th Street between Independence Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue: 4:30 to 9:30 a.m.
-- Pennsylvania Avenue between 17th and 18th streets NW: 4:30 to 9:30 a.m.
-- E Street Expressway between 17th and Potomac Freeway: 4:30 to 9:30 a.m.
-- Potomac Freeway north and southbound lanes: 4:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
-- Whitehurst Freeway: 4:30 to 10 a.m.
-- Rock Creek Parkway from Independence Avenue to Calvert Street: 5 to 10 a.m.
-- 15th Street between Maine Avenue and Constitution Avenue: 4:30 to 10 a.m.
-- Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 15th Street NW: 4:30 to 10:30 a.m.
-- 15th Street between Constitution Avenue and Maine Avenue: 4:30 to 10:30 a.m.
-- Constitution Avenue between 15th Street and Pennsylvania: 5:30 to 11:15 a.m.
-- Memorial Bridge, closed from 5:30 to 10:10 a.m.
-- Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 1st streets NW: 5:30 to 11:30 a.m.
-- 1st Street NW between Constitution Avenue and Maryland Avenue: 5:30 to 11:30 a.m.
-- Constitution Avenue between Pennsylvania and 1st Street NE: 5:30 to 11:30 a.m.
-- Maryland Avenue between 1st and 3rd streets NW: 5:30 to 11:30 a.m.

By Michael Bolden  | June 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Metro  
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Can you provide details and expectations regarding the gas line break north of Manassas on Rt. 234?

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