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The weekend and beyond

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Heading for a Redskins or Nationals game this weekend, or maybe you prefer modern dance at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre? Here's some traffic and transit information that may help ease your travels this weekend and beyond.

Redskins at FedEx
The Washington Redskins play their first pre-season football game at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Here are some travel tips for all games this season.

Driving: Leave home early to reduce the time you sit in traffic. The stadium will be open to all ticket holders two hours before game time, but the parking lots open four hours before kickoff. This map on the Redskins site shows the approaches to the stadium.

There are three Beltway interchanges near the stadium in Landover: Central Avenue, Arena Drive and Landover Road. The Maryland State Highway Administration suggests Central Avenue as a less congested route to FedEx Field. These are the nearby exits into the stadium parking lots from the Beltway.

Metrorail: The Blue Line's Morgan Boulevard Station on the Blue Line is the closest station to FedEx Field. The station is nine-tenths of a mile from the stadium and a new walkway offers direct access. The Largo Town Center Station, also on the Blue Line, is one mile away from the stadium.

Nationals Park
The Nationals play at home this weekend. The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Games generate traffic around South Capitol and M streets and along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. The Green Line also gets many extra riders heading for Navy Yard Station. Drivers and pedestrians should note increased police activity -- and ticket writing -- on the streets around the stadium.

Southeast-Southwest Freeway
The ramp from the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway to the Sousa Bridge and outbound Pennsylvania Avenue SE is scheduled to be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, to about 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, while workers mill and repave the surface.

Traffic will be detoured under the overpass and up to Barney Circle to reach outbound Pennsylvania Avenue. Drivers also can use the 11th Street Bridge.

The closing also is likely to be in effect between 8 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Metrorail weekend delays
Orange Line: Riders between Vienna and West Falls Church should add at least half an hour to their regular travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday. Trains will share a track around a work zone where crews will be replacing cross-ties and welding rail.

Throughout this time, every other Orange Line train in the direction of the Vienna will terminate at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton.

Yellow/Green Line: Riders between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza should figure on an extra 20 minutes for trips between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. All Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. Workers will be trimming weeds along the tracks.

Baltimore-Washington Parkway
On Saturday, the National Park Service plans to close lanes on the southbound parkway between Routes 197 to 202 in Prince George's County. The closings, alternating from right to left, are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. One lane will be open at all times during this period. Meanwhile, the park service will be doing tree pruning along the culvert walls on the parkway. See a map.

Suitland Parkway
This weekend, the continuing rehab project involves work on eastbound parkway from Branch Avenue to Silver Hill Road in Prince George's County. This phase is scheduled to end by 5 a.m. Monday.

Routes 7/15
On Sunday, Aug. 15, Dominion Virginia Power crews will continue pulling wires across Leesburg roadways for the new long-distance power line. This will require stopping traffic for up to 15 minutes at a time on South King Street (Route 15) near the Route 7 Bypass interchange, and just east of the interchange on Route 7 Bypass. The work is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation will monitor traffic and could temporarily suspend the road closings to relieve traffic delays.

The workers are building a 12-mile, high-voltage power line from a new substation northwest of Hamilton, near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Route 7, to a substation off Cochran Mill Road east of Leesburg. There are going to be periodic traffic stops along state roads in the area through mid-September, VDOT says. See a map.

New York Avenue
The District Department of Transportation plans to create a new traffic pattern on New York Avenue NE near the 9th Street Bridge beginning Monday. The longstanding work zone will shift from the inbound curb lane to the second inbound lane. The second lane will be closed at all times during this phase of the bridge rebuilding project. The curb lane will be open only during the morning rush. Watch for the traffic signs that DDOT will post to guide drivers through the zone.

The second inbound lane should reopen by mid-September. Then the work zone will be shifted to the third inbound lane. The new bridge is scheduled to open in late January. When it's done, the old bridge will be demolished. The entire project should be done by May.

HOT Lanes
The Oak Street Bridge over the Capital Beltway is reopening and the nearby Idylwood Road Bridge is closing. Oak Street will reopen before Idylwood is closed, which could happen as early as Monday. The two-lane Idylwood Road Bridge will be demolished and rebuilt, a project scheduled to last until late this year or early in 2011. Idylwood Road traffic will be directed to use either Leesburg Pike (Route 7) to Gallows Road or Lee Highway (Route 29) to Gallows Road.

For the next two weeks, Beltway drivers should watch for weeknight and weekend lane closings near the Idylwood Road overpass south of Tysons Corner from 9:30 p.m. through 5 a.m.

The bridges along a 14-mile stretch of the western side of the Beltway in Virginia are being widened to accommodate the four extra Beltway lanes needed for the High Occupancy Toll lane project. See a map.

By Robert Thomson  | August 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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