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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 11/19/2010

The weekend and beyond

By Robert Thomson

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

[This post has been updated]

Whether you'll be cheering the bands in the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday morning, listening to Allen Toussaint and Nicholas Payton at the George Mason University Center for the Arts on Saturday night, or getting a jump on the Thanksgiving getaway, watch out for these potential obstacles on the roads and rails.

Metro weekend delays
This weekend's track work is focused on two sections of the Red Line that are undergoing long-term rehabilitation.

Riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least half an hour to their normal travel time from 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Workers will be repairing the Rockville platform and trains will share a single track around the zone.

Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue should add at least 15 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday night closing. Workers will be repairing part of the elevated tracks outside the Rhode Island Avenue Station.

During the day on Saturday and Sunday, trains will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 15 minutes. In the core area between the work zones, the stations between Grosvenor and New York Avenue, trains should reach the platforms every eight or nine minutes.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
The Capital Beltway's outer loop will be narrowed on its south side in Virginia this weekend, and traffic delays are very likely. Managers with the Wilson Bridge project, which is doing the work, recommend that drivers avoid the area from 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday evening. Here's the plan:

At 8 p.m. Friday, the right-most of the outer loop's LOCAL lanes between the Eisenhower Avenue exit and just east of Telegraph Road will be closed, cutting off access to the exits for North Kings Highway, Huntington Avenue and Telegraph Road North and South.

Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, the second of the outer loop LOCAL lanes will be closed and traffic in the area will be narrowed to one THRU lane until mid-morning Saturday. Outer loop drivers bound for any exits along the Telegraph Road interchange will need to follow a marked detour along U.S. Route 1.

Two LOCAL lanes will reopen by mid-morning Saturday, restoring local access to all Telegraph Road exits. At that point, the left-most of the LOCAL lanes will close, but this will not limit motorists' access to any exits. All lanes are scheduled to be open by Sunday evening.

Ohio Drive
From 11 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Monday, Ohio Drive will be closed between 23rd Street and Independence Avenue/Rock Creek Parkway to complete final paving and striping.

During the total roadway closure Saturday, all traffic on westbound Independence Avenue will be detoured onto 17th Street, and traffic on southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be detoured onto Virginia Avenue.

Once the asphalt has cured, traffic on westbound Independence Avenue will be detoured at 23rd Street, and the southbound Rock Creek Parkway traffic will be able to use the ramp to the Memorial Bridge into Virginia. Traffic should be able to use those intersections sometime late Saturday evening. On Sunday, the intersections will remain open during the striping operation.

Fannie Mae walk Saturday
[This item has been updated]
The Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 2.5-mile event starts on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets SW. The Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations on the Blue and Orange lines are nearby. Metrorail plans to open at 6 a.m. to accommodate the crowds expected for the walk. (The organizers of the walk paid for the early opening, Metro said). See a walkathon route map.

These streets will be closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. and should reopen by 12:30 pm:
-- Independence Avenue from Fourth to 17th streets SW, as well as all streets that lead to this portion of Independence.
-- The inbound 14th Street Bridge. All traffic will be diverted to northbound I-395.

Metrobus will detour the following routes because of the walk: Routes 52, 54, 70, P6 and V8 will detour from 8:45 to 11 a.m. around Fourth, Seventh and 14th streets.

Football at FedEx
Indiana and Penn State meet for college football at noon Saturday in FedEx Field off the Capital Beltway in Landover. Expect heavy traffic on the eastern side of the Beltway, especially around the Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue exits.

Arlington road work
Look for road work on South 12th Street between South Clark Street and Crystal Drive from midnight to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. South 12th Street will be closed to traffic. A crane will be occupying both the east- and westbound traffic lanes on South 12th Street to hoist material to the roof of Crystal Gateway 2 & 4.

Rock Creek Parkway construction
The National Park Service this week began an 18-month reconstruction project along the parkway, and it left many morning commuters confused. The Post's Mark Berman, who knows the area well, offers this advice:

During the morning rush, the Cathedral Avenue and Woodley Road ramps to the southbound parkway are closed. Between 6:30 and 10 a.m., traffic can enter the Calvert Street ramp (adjacent to the Shoreham Hotel) and proceed to the southbound parkway.

If you can't get onto Rock Creek Parkway in this vicinity while it's southbound-only in the morning, you might want to consider hopping on the roadway at a later time. Try heading south and jumping on at P Street, for example (it might take a little while to head south on Connecticut or Wisconsin Avenue to make your way to P Street, but at least it gets you onto Rock Creek).

By Robert Thomson  | November 19, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Driving, Events, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Dr. G, this morning at 9:10, by the south exit of Dupont Metro, I was on the escalator going from the mezzanine to the street (it was the rightmost escalator when you are standing on the mezzanine facing the mezzanine-to-street-escalators). When I was about halfway up, the escalator came to a sudden stop and we all lurched forward. Fortunately, this was not followed by any speed-up of the escalator, at least while I was on it. Once off the escalator, I tried to call Metro to inform them that this happened, but just got their call tree and was on hold for my entire 10-minute walk to work. Is there ANY way to immediately inform Metro of incidents like this?

Posted by: informedtraveller | November 19, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

You could go back down and tell the station manager. But that's a bit annoying, especially at a station like dupont with a long escalator. I never am interested in calling WMATA for fear of the run around you describe and because I feel like my comments fall on deaf ears anyway. But if Dr. G knows a better number, or an e-mail address or somewhere to text that would be helpful.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | November 19, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Thanks. That may be the only option. Of course, that long Dupont escalator going from Street-to-Mezzanine is often turned off during morning rush hour, making it an even longer trip back down. Plus I bet most people would not want to get back on an escalator after having just been on a malfunctioning one. I think this is another major flaw in the safety culture at Metro: I mean, if it's not immediately obvious--even to transit junkies such as the posters on this blog how to report something like this, can we really expect most people to report things? I think an enormous amount of incidents like this probably go unreported because there is not an obvious, easy way to report such things.

Posted by: informedtraveller | November 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Why would a station manager help? Do you believe in Slavery?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Why would a station manager help? Do you believe in Slavery?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 19, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Why would a station manager help? Do you believe in Slavery?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 19, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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