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Watch Out, Weekend Travelers

If you're going to be driving the Capital Beltway at night this weekend -- or any weekend in June -- you'll want to read Steve Ginsberg's story in today's Post about the construction plans involving the Wilson Bridge and the Springfield Mixing Bowl.

And Metro riders also should be alert this weekend. This is how the transit authority describes the work and its impact in a statement:

Metro personnel will conduct a complete maintenance overhaul outside the Stadium Armory Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines from 10 p.m., Friday, June 2 to 5 a.m., Monday, June 5. This will include the replacement of 900 feet of running rail, cross ties, tie plates, stone ballast, and traction power cables on both tracks. As a
result of this work, trains will not be able to operate between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road, and Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Avenue.

To perform this work, the following service pattern will be in effect this weekend:

-- The Stadium-Armory, Benning Road, and Minnesota Avenue Metrorail stations will remain open. However, Blue and Orange Line trains will not operate between these three stations.

-- Blue Line trains will operate in two sections: between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory; and between Largo Town Center and Benning Road.

-- Orange Line trains will operate in two sections: between Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Stadium-Armory; and between New Carrollton and Minnesota Avenue.

-- Metro will operate free shuttle bus service every five minutes between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road, and between Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Avenue.

-- During the weekend, all Blue and Orange Line trains will operate every 12 to 15 minutes from the end of each rail line.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 2, 2006; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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