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Posted at 5:45 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

The weekend and beyond

By Robert Thomson

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

Whether you're heading out for a Night at the Newseum, the BB&T basketball classic or just out buying a tree, bundle up for your travels in the D.C. area this weekend. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be cold and increasingly windy.

Late-season paving projects are slowing down as the temperatures get colder, but there's still plenty of roadwork in the region, and Metro workers will be out on the Red and Orange lines. Next week, watch out for the lighting of the National Tree on the Ellipse, an annual event that puts commuters in a Grinch-like mood.

Metro weekend delays
Red Line: Riders between Friendship Heights and Van Ness should add 20 minutes to their travel times from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Workers will be replacing rail fasteners and repairing tunnel leaks. Trains will share a single track around the work zone.

Riders between New York and Rhode Island avenues should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close Sunday. Workers will be making track and station repairs in the area as part of the long-term improvement project for the Red Line.

On Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will leave about every 15 minutes from the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont. Because of the work zones, trains operating from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday should arrive about every eight minutes at the stations between Van Ness and New York Avenue.

Orange Line: Riders between New Carrollton and Cheverly should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. Workers will be replacing cross ties and welding new rails.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, every other Orange Line train in the direction of New Carrollton will end its run at Cheverly and head back toward Vienna. (That puts the most service along the most heavily used part of the line.)

Pennsylvania Avenue SE
The District Department of Transportation is shifting traffic patterns on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between 27th Street and Branch Avenue for paving work that is part of the city's Great Streets project.

Friday: Starting at 9:30 a.m., traffic will shift to the north side of the avenue. One lane will be open in each direction. At about 3:30 p.m. -- in time for Friday afternoon's rush -- two lanes will be open in each direction.

Saturday and Sunday: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all traffic will shift to the south side of the avenue. One lane will be open in each direction.

Monday: Starting at 9:30 a.m., traffic will shift to the south side. One lane will be open in each direction until 3:30 p.m., when there will be two in each direction.

Georgetown Merriment
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Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to Prospect Street in Northwest Washington will be closed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for the third annual Georgetown Merriment.

GW Parkway
The installation of permanent pavement markings is scheduled to continue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday between the Capital Beltway and the Roosevelt Bridge. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times during the work.

Beltway/Little River Turnpike
From 9:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the Little River Turnpike (Route 236) westbound ramp to the Capital Beltway's inner loop (I-495 north) will close. This is part of the High Occupancy Toll lanes construction project.

Detour: Continue west on Little River Turnpike, over I-495 and take the exit ramp onto I-495 south, stay to the right and follow the ramp around onto Little River Turnpike east back over I-495 and exit onto I-495 north.

Drivers on Little River Turnpike may encounter delays approaching the Beltway interchange, especially during peak day and evening hours.

H Street project
The District Department of Transportation plans to close Sixth and Eighth Streets NE between H and G streets on Saturday for construction work related to the H Street project. The 700 blocks of Sixth and Eighth Streets will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to accommodate concrete pours across the Sixth and H Street intersection and the installation of streetcar tracks at the Eighth and H Street intersection.

Local access will be maintained on Sixth and Eighth Streets for residents only.

Third Street may be used as an alternative for northbound Sixth and Eighth streets; 10th Street may be used as an alternative for southbound Eighth Street.

Metrobus detours
The Saturday closings for the H Street project will require detours for Metrobus routes 90, 92 and 93 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Metro says that buses will serve these segments of the routes:
• Regular route to 8th Street NE and F Street NE
• F Street NE, between 8th Street NE and 11th Street NE
• 11th Street NE, between F Street NE and K Street NE
• K Street NE, between 11th Street NE and 8th Street NE
• 8th Street NE, between K Street NE and continue to regular route.

• Regular route to 8th Street NE and K Street NE
• K Street NE, between 8th Street NE and 10th Street NE
• 10th Street NE, between K Street NE and G Street NE
• G Street NE, between 10th Street NE and 8th Street NE
• 8th Street NE, between G Street NE and continue to the regular route.

Madison Drive NW
The National Park Service rehabilitation project continues along Madison Drive on the north side of the National Mall. All the old asphalt has been removed and a new base has been put down. For now, all lanes are open to traffic and parking, but when the final layer of asphalt is put down, there may be occasional daytime closings of the entire drive for short distances. The work schedule will depend on the weather, but the park service hopes to have the project done by the middle of the month.

Prince William road work
The National Park Service has begun a rehabilitation project in Prince William Forest Park, north of Quantico. The first phase of construction involves single-lane closings on Scenic Drive and Oakridge Road through Friday, Dec. 10. The lane closings should occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

L'Enfant Metro entrance
The L'Enfant Plaza Metro station entrance at Ninth and D streets SW is closed through Wednesday. There's a rehabilitation project in the promenade area adjacent to the entrance. Meanwhile, the entrances at Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue SW and Seventh and D streets SW remain open.

Ohio Drive
All traffic lanes have been reopened, and the old traffic pattern has resumed. But work continues near the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service says that a problem was discovered with the traffic detectors near 23rd Street. They will need to be reinstalled. Also, pavement striping and installation of the raised pavement markers continues on Ohio Drive. There will be overnight lane closings, between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., and single lane closings between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

National Tree lighting
The National Christmas Tree Lighting, the one that each year destroys the holiday spirit of hundreds of D.C. commuters who get stuck in the resulting congestion during rush hour, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse, south of the White House.

Beltway project postponed
Recent rains forced postponement of one Capital Beltway project that had been scheduled to disrupt traffic this weekend. Here's the new schedule.

Next weekend, Dec. 10-12, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project plans to narrow the Capital Beltway's inner loop from the Route 1 exit to just after Telegraph Road. This is likely to create a lot of congestion, and it would be best to take another route between Friday night, Dec. 10, and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 12.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, one of the two THRU lanes and one of the two LOCAL lanes in the area will be closed, leaving one THRU and one LOCAL lane open. Also, the inner loop exit for Telegraph Road South and the Telegraph Road South ramp to the inner loop will close.

Also worthy of note: The ramp from Telegraph Road North to the inner loop is set to close Friday night, Dec. 10, and remain closed for two weeks to allow work on an interchange bridge.

By Robert Thomson  | December 3, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Construction, Driving, Events, Metro, Transit, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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There is also a Capitals game on Thursday night at 7 PM. I usually drive to games, but I think this one is an ideal Metrorail game.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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