The weekend and beyond
With mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, it should be a good weekend for traveling out for a day of trick-or-treating at the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport on Saturday, or taking in the Bill Cosby show Saturday night at the Kennedy Center. It's also Disney on Ice weekend at the Patriot Center.
Though Halloween is still a week from Sunday, many neighborhood will hold their annual parties and parades this weekend. Watch out for little people in costumes as you drive around.
Here's a review of some of the obstacles that travelers will face as they move around the D.C. area.
Metro weekend delays
Travel on sections of the Red and Green lines will be slowed this weekend by maintenance operations.
Red Line: The platform repairs at Rockville will continue, requiring that trains share a single track to get around the work zone. Riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday.
At Rhode Island Avenue, another long-term work zone, maintenance will continue on a portion of the elevated tracks. Add at least 20 minutes to a trip between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue stations from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday, all Red Line trains will depart about every 15 minutes from the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont. People waiting on the platforms between Grosvenor and New York Avenue should see trains arriving eight to nine minutes apart.
Green Line: The project to expand cell phone service in the underground stations and the tunnels continues, as workers install communications cable along the Green Line. Riders between L'Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
Routes 31, 32, 36, 38B and 80 will detour from 3:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday around I (Eye) Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue and 21st Street in the District for the Festival for World Peace and 5K Run/Walk.
Route 70 will detour from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday around Sixth Street NW between I (Eye) and M streets in the District because of the Arena Stage Community Day Festivities.
Route D6 will detour from 1 to 6 p.m. around D Street NE between 10th and 14th streets in the District for a neighborhood block party.
Routes 5A, 7A, 9A, 10A, 13A, 13F, 13G, 16B, 16G, 16K, 16P, 25A, 25P, 25R, 32, 36, 52, 54, 70, 80, 96, P6 and V8 will detour from 8 to 11 a.m. around Washington Boulevard, Memorial Bridge and Independence Avenue in Arlington for the Army 10-Miler.
Routes 10A and 10B will detour from 1 to 4 p.m. around Mount Vernon between Hume and East Monroe avenues in Alexandria for Del Ray's Annual Halloween Parade.
I-66 West closed overnight
The Dulles Metrorail construction project plans to close westbound Interstate 66 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) overnight Friday and Saturday. The workers in this zone are building the large concrete structures, called straddle bents, that will cross the roadway between piers. This will carry the new line near its merge with the Orange Line.
Tonight's closing is scheduled for 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and Saturday's for 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Westbound traffic on I-66 will be detoured to the Dulles Connector Road, then to Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn on to the ramp to the Capital Beltway south toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway.
Metro will open at 6 a.m. Sunday, an hour early, to help get people to the annual Army 10-Miler race. Also, there will be extra service on the Blue Line.
Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated temporarily to Pentagon City until Arlington County reopens the roads closed for this event -- see below -- at about 2 p.m. The Pentagon Metrorail station will remain open.
Participants and spectators who take Metrorail to the race should exit at Pentagon or Pentagon City on the Blue and Yellow Lines. Parking is free on weekends at Metro's parking lots and garages.
Arlington County will shut several roads early Sunday. The race begins at 8 a.m., but roads begin to close at 4:30 a.m. South Eads Street from Army/Navy Drive into the Pentagon will be closed at 4:30 a.m. Washington Boulevard between Interstate 395 and the Memorial Bridge in both directions, Columbia Pike east of Joyce Street, and Interstate 395's southbound HOV lanes will all close by 5:30 a.m.
US 15 lane closing
For the next two Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to close a southbound lane on US 15 (the Catoctin Mountain Highway) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. as part of a US 15 improvement project underway at the Hayward Road intersection. The northbound side will not be affected.
Tysons lane shifts
Watch for the changing traffic patterns in Tysons Corner. The lanes have shifted along westbound Route 7 between Route 123 and Westpark Drive to accommodate construction of the new Metrorail line.
Another Route 7 shift is scheduled to occur this weekend from the west side to the east side of Westpark Drive. In mid-November, another shift is scheduled from the east side of Westpark Drive to Spring Hill Road. These lane shifts are creating a wider median for construction of two train stations.
The roadway reconstruction is in its final stages. The ramps to and from Lincoln Memorial Circle have been reopened.
Georgia Ave./Randolph Rd.
A lane shift on eastbound Randolph Road between Denley Road and Georgia Avenue will continue through November. During this time, right turns from eastbound Randolph Road to Grandview Avenue and Judson Road are restricted. Judson Road and Grandview Avenue between Newton Street and Randolph Road are closed to through traffic.
Rhode Island Ave. bus bays
The bus bays at the Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail station will shift for five months starting Monday as construction continues on a new parking garage, a ground transportation service area and a housing and retail development next to the station.
The bus boarding area and the Kiss & Ride will be across the parking lot near the station entrance. The Kiss & Ride area will continue to accommodate parking, car-sharing, taxis, and passenger pick-up and drop-off during the construction, which began in April. Work on the parking garage should be done in June 2011. The rest of the project should be done by the summer of 2012.
Green Line day work
Metro says Green Line trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. This will start Monday and continue through Nov. 12. Track workers need to replace the rails in this area, the transit authority says.
Single tracking at midday should not create delays for riders, since the trains are scheduled to run every 12 minutes during those hours.
| October 22, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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