Advisories on Weekend Travel Delays
Saturday has been a difficult day to get around in Washington, D.C. Many streets have been closed for the National Marathon, which began at 7 a.m. Saturday, and they won't be reopened until 2 p.m. You can see a map of the route here.
Update: Post staff writer Amit Paley is working on a story for Sunday's paper about the disruptive effects of the marathon on travelers. Please tell him what you experienced. You can reach him either by calling the City Desk at 202-334-7300 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
A traffic alert from the District Department of Transportation says only five streets are open to allow you in and out of the marathon zone during this time period:
-- E Street Expressway (over the Roosevelt Bridge)
-- K Street, NW (east and west through Georgetown)
-- Massachusetts Avenue NW (over Rock Creek Parkway)
-- Rhode Island Avenue NW (across North Capitol Street)
-- New York Avenue NW (across North Capitol Street)
This was to have been one of the weekends for work on the Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street traffic over the Anacostia River, but those lane closures have been postponed till next weekend because of the marathon.
Metrorail opened at 6 a.m., an hour early, to accommodate people traveling to the marathon. (The District agreed to pay the $21,000 operating cost for the extra hour, Metro says.) Metrobus routes 96, 97, B2, D6 and E32 stop near the Stadium-Armory Station, closest to the start and finish.
Also because of the marathon, 37 Metrobus routes in the District were redirected on Saturday. These are the routes affected: 5A, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, 32, 34, 35, 36, 40, 52, 54, 66, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, 98, A42, A46, A48, B2, D6, D8, H2, H4, K11, L2, M6, P6, S2, S4, U6, V8, X2 and X8.
Metro suggests that to watch the event, ride the subway to one of these stations: Stadium-Armory, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, and Union Station.
You can see the full details of the Metro service plan here.
Meanwhile, track maintenance and rail car testing on the Red, Yellow and Green lines Friday night through Sunday will create delays on those Metrorail lines as trains take turns sharing one track. You can see the full details here.
But that's not all: Wisconsin Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Saturday around the Mazza Gallerie because of some construction work. You can find some more details here.
On Canal Road: From 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, only one outbound lane will be open near the Georgetown University entrance so that a new concrete road base can be installed. This is a quick-setting concrete that allows the closed lane to be reopened to traffic less than 48 hours after the work. You can read more details about that project here.
If you're driving to and from downtown Washington from the south, watch out for overnight lane closures along the Anacostia Freeway.
The Wilson Bridge project also will be doing some overnight work this weekend. These are the highlights:
-- From 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, the two left lanes and then the right lane will be closed along the Capital Beltway inner loop between the bridge and Route 1.
-- From 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, the ramp from the inner loop to Route 1 southbound will be closed. Detour from the inner loop to Telegraph Road southbound to the outer loop to Route 1 southbound.
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