Dodging road closings & rail work
The weekend and beyond
[This post will be updated]
The Capital Weather Gang forecast for this weekend calls for sunny, dry weather with pleasant temperatures, great for those off for the long Columbus Day weekend or participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure breast cancer walk. However, if you're counting on the Orange or Blue lines for your travels through downtown Washington, you're in for trouble. You'll also have to contend with road closings because of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Read on to see what's in store.
The Blue and Orange lines are split in two sections through Metrorail's midnight closing on Monday, Columbus Day. During that time, Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Foggy Bottom, and also between Largo Town Center and Federal Triangle. Orange Line trains will operate between Vienna and Foggy Bottom, and also between New Carrollton and Federal Triangle. Service on Tuesday, should be normal. If you're one of the thousands who don't have Columbus Day off (we don't either), you'll have to get creative if you normally use one of the stations that are closed. And don't count on the free shuttle buses that are being used as bridges to be an effective way to get around. They can't carry as many people as a Metro rail car, and they will have to move through D.C. traffic, which won't necessarily be a lot lighter, since many people will be working.
Metro estimates Orange and Blue Line riders should add an extra 40 minutes to their normal travel times if they use the buses, which will be available at Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North, McPherson Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center and Federal Triangle. That time estimate may be optimistic during peak periods on Columbus Day. Many people would be better off avoiding the bus bridge. Walking might be faster.
See more details about the Metrorail shutdown on our Commuter page.
Transit riders also will encounter this work, scheduled for the weekend.
Red Line: This weekend Metro will continue the much-needed repairs to the platform at Rockville. Trains in both directions will be sharing a track around the work zone. So riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least a half hour to their travel time through the rail system's midnight closing on Monday.
Yellow Line: Transit workers also will be doing some landscaping repairs at Huntington Station. Riders between the Huntington and Braddock Road stations should add at least half an hour to their travel time through closing time Monday.
There won't be any MARC, Maryland Transit Administration Commuter bus or Virginia Railway Express Service on Monday.
IMF/World Bank Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank boards of governors began Friday and lasts through Sunday. Several streets in Washington will be closed as financial leaders from around the globe gather to discuss monetary policy.
The following streets will be closed until about 5 p.m. Sunday.
-- 18th Street NW, from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
--19th Street NW, from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- 20th Street NW, from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- G Street, from 18th Street to 20th Street NW
-- H Street (south side), from 18th Street to 20th Street NW
The closing ceremony is Sunday at 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument, so expect congested conditions around the National Mall. The following streets will be closed:
-- 14th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Jefferson Drive
-- Constitution Avenue NW between 11th and 16th streets
--15th Street between Jefferson Drive SW and Constitution Avenue NW
-- Madison Drive
Here is a list of "cheering stations" for the walk:
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Blohm Park, 18900 Watkins Mill Rd., Gaithersburg.
9:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Roy Rogers restaurant parking lot, 9607 Lost Knife Rd., Gaithersburg.
10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Dupont Circle, Connecticut Avenue NW and Dupont Circle NW (north side).
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Farragut Square Park, 17th Street NW and K Street NW (west side).
Festival of the Building Arts
The National Building Museum's Festival of the Building Arts is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. F Street NW will be closed from 4th Street to 5th Street from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and parking won't be permitted.
Taste of Georgetown
The Taste of Georgetown is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wisconsin Avenue NW will be closed from M Street to South Street from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday.
Parking will be restricted on 31st Street, South Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The parking garage under the Shops at Georgetown will be accessible from Wisconsin Avenue and Potomac Street. A complete list of parking locations is here.
The District Department of Transportation advises that people can also use the D.C. Circulator, which has two routes through Georgetown. The Union Station-Georgetown line will use a detour route, and the buses will not travel along K Street in Georgetown. They will travel along M Street to Wisconsin Avenue instead.
-- Compiled from staff reports
| October 9, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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