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Chain Bridge Rd. closing this wknd.

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The weekend and beyond
This post was last updated at 5 p.m.

The Autobots and Decepticons have moved on, and traffic around the National Mall can finally return to normal. That's just in time for what promises to be a beautiful weekend, perfect for taking a stroll around the monuments or just enjoying cooler but pleasant temperatures. If you're in Tysons Corner, there will be plenty of road and rail construction to impede your movements. Here's a guide to some of the transportation issues around the region.

Tysons Corner

Crew are demolishing a Beltway bridge across Route 123 this weekend in Tysons Corner. Route 123 will close in both directions but will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. Be alert for detours and closures throughout the area. Four ramps connecting the Beltway and Chain Bridge are closed all weekend. Traffic is being detoured to Route 7 and Georgetown Pike.

There are also some long-term changes in places. The ramp from Chain Bridge Road northbound to the Beltway will be closed for up to two years, forcing motorists to use a new, left-turn traffic signal just before the Capital One building to get onto the highway.

All four northbound lanes of the Beltway have shifted to the left over Chain Bridge Road. That shift is expected to last for 18 to 24 months as crews build the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes between the Springfield interchange and the Dulles Toll Road.

Metrorail
Orange Line:Riders traveling between Vienna and West Falls Church stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time as trains single-track from 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday. Crews will be welding new rail and replacing cross-ties. Every other train traveling toward Vienna will terminate at West Falls Church and return to New Carrollton.
Yellow Line: Riders traveling between L'Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations should add at least 20 minutes as Metro inspects the Potomac River bridge. Trains will single-track from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square.
Green Line:Riders between Navy Yard and Anacostia stations should add at least 20 minutes. Crews will be installing cables to help expand cellphone coverage. Trains will single-track between the two stations from 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday closing.
Red Line:Riders traveling between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations should add 20 minutes to their travel time while crews repair a rail switch from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Redskins vs. the Colts
Getting to FedEx Field

Expect traffic tie-ups Sunday afternoon and evening on the Capital Beltway and the surface streets near the stadium.

Metrorail will operate for an extra hour on Sunday night to accommodate fans attending the Washington Redskins game at FedEx Field.

The Redskins play the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. The rail system will close at 1 a.m. instead of midnight. However, trains will be available to transport passengers if the game goes into overtime, according to Metro.

The last Blue Line train headed toward Franconia-Springfield will leave Largo Town Center at 12:24 a.m. and the Morgan Boulevard Station at 12:27 a.m.

Metro said there are 635 parking spaces at Morgan Boulevard and 2,200 at Largo Town Center for fans who want to park at one of those stations. The cost is $25 on exit and must be made via a SmarTrip electronic fare card. Parking begins three hours before kickoff.

Virginia Railway Express
Prince William County is building more parking spaces at Broad Run beginning Friday. The lot will be expanded an additional 180 spaces. An area near the entrance is being blocked off as part of the work, and riders should not park there.

Central Avenue in Pr. George's
Good news. The Maryland State Highway Administration says the $1.9 million paving and construction project along Central Avenue between Cindy Lane and Brightseat Road is complete after 14 months. Crews replaced sidewalks and ramps; resurfaced the road and upgraded the pavement markings.

Arlington
-- The Race for the Cause (participants choose a local nonprofit to benefit) takes place Sunday starting at 8 a.m. The route will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday: North Quincy from Glebe to Wilson Boulevard; east on Wilson Boulevard; to North 10th Street; east on North Tenth Street to Washington Boulevard; south on Washington Boulevard, ending at Columbia Pike.
-- The Courthouse Road ramp to Route 50 will close from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday for road repairs and repaving.

Chain Bridge
The District Department of Transportation says all scheduled closures of the bridge are canceled. Current construction activity can be done without a full closure, although it's possible there will be closures later, DDOT said.

Race to Remember 5K
The race is scheduled to begin in the 400 block of F Street NE and then follow this route:
-- Independence Avenue SE: from 3rd Street SW to 2nd Street SE
-- 2nd Street SE: from Independence Avenue SE to East Capitol Street
-- East Capitol Street: from 3rd Street to 1st Street
-- 1st Street: from East Capitol Street to Independence Avenue SE
-- 1st Street SW: from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW: from 1st Street NW to 4th Street NW
-- 4th Street NW: from G Street NW to D Street NW

Taste of Tivoli Festival
Spring Road NW will be closed from 14th Street to Holmead Place from 9 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m. for the Taste of Tivoli.

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By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  District, Events, Maryland, Metro, Weekend Work  
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Comments

Michael, is Chain Bridge (the bridge, not the road) open this weekend? Thank you.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 15, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Oops, you already posted the information re: Chain Bridge. Let me say in my best Emily Litella voice: "never mind."

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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