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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

The weekend and beyond

By Robert Thomson

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

Travelers should have no problems with the weather during the day Friday, but the Capital Weather Gang says that after 9 p.m., some sleet and freezing rain may fall before changing to rain, which will continue early Saturday. Travelers bound for the Chinese New Year parade in the District or Super Bowl parties on Sunday should find the weather sunny and mild. Here's a look at some of the traffic and transit delays along the way.

Metrorail weekend delays
These delays for maintenance work are scheduled for 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system's midnight closing on Sunday.

Red Line: Riders between Friendship Heights and Medical Center should add 20 minutes to their normal travel times.The transit authority will be replacing rail fasteners, welding new rail and installing the cables that will expand cell phone coverage in the tunnels. Trains will be sharing a single track around the work zone.

Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue should add 20 minutes to their travel time. Workers will be repairing the aerial structure outside the Rhode Island Avenue Station.

On Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 15 minutes. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., trains on the inner segment of the Red Line between Van Ness and New York Avenue will operate about every eight minutes apart.

Blue Line: Riders between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street should add at least half an hour to their travel time. Single-tracking in this area is designed to get around a work zone where Telegraph Road goes over the tracks. That work zone is part of the Wilson Bridge construction project.

Georgia Avenue
The District Department of Transportation is working along Georgia Avenue NW between Taylor and Upshur streets through Feb. 15. Single lanes on the northbound side will be closed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Also, workers will be finishing the storm sewer work along the southbound side of Georgia Avenue south of Shepherd Street on Friday and Saturday.

Maryland bridge inspections
The Maryland State Highway Administration is continuing its routine inspections of bridges in the D.C. area, resulting in temporary lane closings.

From 5 to 10 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting, drivers should watch for alternating double-lane closings on the Capital Beltway's inner loop at Powder Mill Road in Prince George's County. During the same hours on Saturday, watch for single lane closings on Route 15 under Motter Avenue in Frederick County.

From 5 to 9 a.m. Sunday, watch for alternating double lane closings on northbound I-270 at Grosvenor Lane in Montgomery County.

Chinatown street closings
On Sunday, the Year of the Hare Chinese New Year Parade and celebration is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the District's Chinatown. Gallery Place is the nearest Metrorail station.

These streets will be closed from 1:30 to about 3:30 p.m:
* I (Eye) Street NW from Fifth Street to Seventh Street NW
* Seventh Street NW from I Street to G Street NW
* G Street NW from Seventh Street to Ninth Street NW
* Eighth Street NW from G Street to H Street NW
* H Street NW from Eighth Street to Sixth Street NW
* Sixth Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue to G Street NW

I (Eye) Street NW from Fifth Street to Sixth Street NW will be closed at 9 a.m. to allow the paraders to assemble and should reopen by 3:30 p.m. H Street NW from Sixth Street to 7th Street NW will be closed for the festival at 9 a.m. and should reopen by 5 p.m.

Metrobus Routes 70, 80, P6 and X2 will detour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. around the 600 block of H Street NW.

[In a comment below, 1995hoo points on that the Capitals and the Penguins play at Verizon Center starting at 12:30 Sunday, and that fans driving to the game should pay attention to these street closings.]

H Street NE
The District Department of Transportation is temporarily closing the south side of H Street NE at the Eighth and Ninth Street intersections, weather permitting, to accommodate work on the new streetcar tracks.

The south side of H Street at the 8th Street intersection is closed Friday till 3:30 p.m. so the contractor can pour concrete. The south side of H Street at the Ninth Street intersection will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the work Metrobus Routes 90, 92 and 93 will detour at Eighth Street NE between G and H streets.

Old Georgetown Road
The Maryland State Highway Administration is starting a $1 million safety and resurfacing project along a mile of Old Georgetown Road between North Brook Lane and Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Sidewalk upgrades are included in the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of Old Georgetown Road throughout that work.

One lane on Old Georgetown will be closed weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. During the final phase of work, which includes paving, there will be double lane closings Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

North Capitol Street lanes
The District Department of Transportation will be restricting travel lanes on North Capitol Street from Seaton Place to Randolph Place and from P Street to Hanover Place to accommodate construction of a new safety barrier.

During off-peak hours, North Capitol Street may be reduced to a single lane in each direction. The work zones will be lifted during rush hours. These restrictions are scheduled to continue through May.

Fairfax bike plan
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation plans to hold a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17, to present the final draft of the Tysons Corner Bicycle Master Plan, which reflects recommendations from residents made at a previous public meeting. The next step in the process is formal adoption from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The public meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joyce Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna.

The final plan will include detailed recommendations for bike paths, bike lanes, bike parking to support bicycling in Tysons Corner. Later, another phase of the program will establish a countywide bicycle master plan.

D.C. bridge inspections
Like Maryland, the District is conducting routine safety inspections on major bridges and tunnels. The inspections, which take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., require single lane closings.

On Friday, watch for such closing of of the right shoulder con the ramp from northbound South Capitol Street to the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway followed by a left shoulder closure of the same ramp.

On Monday, watch for a closing of the right lane on the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway over Eighth Street SE. On Tuesday, watch for the closing of the right lane on the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway over Eighth Street SE.

On Thursday, the closing is in the right lane of southbound North Capitol Street under the Rhode Island Avenue and T Street bridges. Next Friday, Feb. 11, the closing is in the right lane of northbound North Capitol Street under those bridges.

Annapolis bus fares
The Annapolis city government is considering raising the Annapolis Transit base fare from $1 to $1.50 for most riders; eliminating free transfers; and introducing discounted weekly, monthly and yearly passes. The plan also would eliminate the Free Fare Zone, which runs from Compromise Street to Westgate Circle and covers Duke of Gloucester, Main and West streets as well as Church Circle.

By Robert Thomson  | February 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Biking, Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Events, Metro, Metrobus, Transit, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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The 6th and 8th Street closures on Sunday are a big deal because the Capitals v. Penguins game at the Verizon Center is at 12:30. Based on the street-closure times listed, it's possible some people could park in garages along those streets, then come back after the game to find they can't get out!

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 4, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Thanks for making that point about the Sunday, 1995hoo. I think I'll go back into the posting and highlight that.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | February 4, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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