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Misery on the roads and rails

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips | Going Out Guide

Saturday will be the better of the two weekend days for travelers. The Redskins and Ravens play on Saturday and D.C. United on Sunday, but there are plenty of other outdoor events, including the annual Shakespeare Free for All in downtown Washington. Check out these travel tips for the D.C. area.

Redskins/Ravens at FedEx
The two local football teams play a preseason game at FedEx Field at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Morgan Boulevard Station on Metro's Blue Line is the closest rail stop. But note the track work schedule below and build in extra time. The station is just short of a mile south of the stadium.

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.

DC United
The soccer team plays Philadelphia Union at 2 p.m. Sunday in RFK Stadium. Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange lines is the closest stop. But again, note Metro's track work schedule below so you can build in extra time. This map shows directions to the RFK lots.

Navy Yard Station/Nationals Park
The Nationals are out of town this weekend, but here's a note for fans and for those who work in the area. Because of renewed concerns about pedestrian safety in the area, where there have been a couple of crashes involving walkers, the District Department of Transportation plans to place signs saying "No Right Turn on Red, 7am-7pm" at the M Street intersections with Half Street, 1st Street and New Jersey Avenue.

Also, the department will study whether a Barnes Dance style pedestrian crossing would be appropriate for the intersection of M Street and New Jersey Avenue. Many U.S. Department of Transportation employees cross that intersection diagonally on their way between the Metro station and their offices, creating a safety hazard and slowing down traffic.

A Barnes Dance, named after the traffic official who popularized it in the 1950s, creates a light cycle in which pedestrians can cross in all directions, including diagonally. DDOT is experimenting with one at H and Seventh streets NW, near the Chinatown arch. The department will use traffic models to study the impact on walkers and drivers of creating a similar setup at New Jersey Avenue and M Street.

Metrorail weekend delays
Red Line: Add at least half an hour to a trip between Shady Grove and Twinbrook from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday. Workers will be repairing the platform at Rockville as part of Metro's Red Line rehabilitation program. See a map.

Add at least 20 minutes to a trip between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Work continues on maintaining a portion of the elevated tracks near Rhode Island Avenue. See a map.

On Saturday and Sunday, all Red Line trains will leave about every 15 minutes from Shady Grove and Glenmont. Trains should reach platforms between Grosvenor and New York Avenue about every eight or nine minutes.

Blue/Yellow lines: Add at least half an hour to a trip between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street or between Braddock Road and Huntington from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close Sunday. Metro will be replacing cross-ties and welding rail. See a map.

On Saturday and Sunday, Blue Line trains will operate between Largo and Huntington. Riders who use Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will need to use a Blue Line shuttle train to King Street.

All Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Greenbelt on Saturday and Sunday.

14th Street Bridge
The work zone on the northbound 14th Street Bridge is about to shift again. On Monday, if the plan goes according to schedule, commuters will find the left-center lane blocked as they head for either 14th Street or the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

That means the work zone will have moved one lane to the left. After a year-long phase in which the far right lane was the only one blocked off, the bridge rehabilitation project has moved out fairly rapidly across the span. The current work zone was set up just last month.

The new configuration is scheduled to be in place by 5 a.m. Monday. But the set-up for this will start at 10 p.m. Friday. So over the weekend, drivers may find three lanes open, rather than the normal four. All four will be available in time for Monday morning's rush. See a map and more details.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
Paving for the Telegraph Road interchange project will require the closing of the ramp from the inner loop's Local lanes to Telegraph Road North/Pershing Avenue starting at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 p.m. Saturday. This is part of the Wilson Bridge project. See a map.

Weekend bus detours
Metrobus Routes 10B and 23A will detour from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore Street between 22nd Street and Shirlington Road to get around the Nauck Summer in the Parks event. Buses will use South Shirlington instead of South Kenmore below 22 Street South.

Route W2 will detour from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday from Mellon Street SE onto Newcomb Street SE, between 5th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. There's a a neighborhood block party.

HOT lanes
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.

South Dakota Ave./Riggs Rd.
The District Department of Transportation has closed the ramp from northbound South Dakota Avenue to eastbound Riggs Road, marking the latest phase in the reconstruction project near the Fort Totten Metro station. See a map. Drivers heading north on South Dakota must now go to the traffic signal at the intersection to make a right turn onto Riggs Road.

In an upcoming phase, the ramp from eastbound Riggs Road to southbound South Dakota Avenue also will be removed. These permanent ramp closings are part of the DDOT's plan to rebuild the junction from a hybrid intersection/interchange into a traditional 4-way intersection. DDOT predicts that the new version will be safer for drivers, walkers and cyclists and provide a more suitable environment for neighborhood development.

I-66 overnight closings
Westbound Interstate 66 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will be closed overnights starting in about the middle of next week, probably Wednesday, for about five weeks. This is for construction on the Dulles Metrorail project.

Workers are building large concrete structures that will straddle over the road between the piers supporting the new rail line near where it will merge into the Orange Line.

Drivers can't go under that while the work is going on, which will be from midnight to 5 a.m. All lanes will be open in time for the morning rush each day.

Traffic will be detoured onto the westbound Dulles Connector Road westbound, then onto Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn onto the ramp to the Capital Beltway outer loop.Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  | August 20, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Are the I66 overnight closings every night of the week or just Sun - Thu or something like that?

Posted by: varmau | August 20, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

What is the schedule for the nighttime _closing_ of the Dulles Toll Road? The not so very helpful warning signs have been posted again.

Posted by: rodneyr1 | August 20, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I like the title of this post, "Misery on the roads and rail"

It would make a good name if you want to rename the blog again.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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