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Travel Obstacles This Weekend

If you're trying to get around Washington this weekend, you'll find some obstacles in your path.

Douglass Bridge: The outbound lanes of the South Capitol Street bridge will close tonight after the rush period and won't reopen till just before the afternoon rush on Monday. The main detour is the 11th Street Bridge. This is the last of the weekend closures before the July-August shutdown of the entire bridge. Use this link to get a full description from the District Department of Transportation .

Race For the Cure: By all means, attend this great event on Saturday morning, but watch out for the numerous street closures and parking bans in the area along the Mall.
You can see a really long list of the effected streets here. Take Metro. The rail system is going to open at 5 a.m. Saturday, two hours earlier than normal. You can read a full description of the Metro plan here.

Other Lane Closures: But wait, there's more. Plenty of weekend lane closures that will affect drivers on Wisconsin Avenue NW, K Street NW and R Street NW in Georgetown. Plus there are two Saturday festivals -- the Philippine Festival and the Unifest Celebration -- that will close other streets this weekend. You can read more about all those by clicking on this link.

Metro: Riders have had so many complaints lately about the delays because of weekend single-tracking that it's real good to see that because of the Race For the Cure, Metrorail did not schedule any track maintenance during the day on Saturday. But a variety of Saturday and Sunday events will require Metrobuses to detour. There's a full list of the events and the effected routes here. And there will be some track maintenance and car testing affecting service on the Red and Green lines, starting Friday night (on the Red Line) and continuing at various hours through Sunday. You can see a full description of the service disruptions here.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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Not to be snitty, and I know this is off-topic, but as a former copy editor I am driven nuts by this error: "...the effected routes..." The word is spelled "AFFECTED." With an "a." Festivals have an EFFECT on the route.

OK. Sorry. Just wonder if the Post's copy desk is taking a snooze.

Posted by: Former Copy Editor | June 1, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to add the 10th Annual Clarendon Cup bike race, being held on Saturday in Clarendon. Racing is from appx 9am to 2pm...

Posted by: mw | June 1, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I go to Friendship Heights once every two months. WHY are they always closing lanes on Wisconsin on the days I have to be there?

Anyway, which bridge is the Douglass Bridge? When I need to get to DC-295 (to get to I-95 or the Balt-Wash Pkwy) I take the SE/SW Freeway to the Pennsylvania Ave exit, cross a bridge then turn left to get onto 295 north. Is this the Douglass Bridge? Thanks

Posted by: arlington | June 1, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

City life made a little bit less miserable... from the NYTimes about Oakland, CA.

The state estimated that repairs to the 165-foot-long ramp between Interstates 80 and 580 would take 50 days and cost $5.2 million. For every day short of the June 26 deadline, it promised a $200,000 bonus, not to exceed a total of $5 million. The highest bid came in at $6.4 million. Mr. Myers's company, C. C. Myers Inc., won with the lowest bid -- $867,075 -- and completed the project in 17 days, winning the full $5 million.

Posted by: smw | June 2, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I just got back from the Clarendon Cup and it looked like a pretty big traffic mess. Wilson Blvd, Clarendon Blvd and Washington Blvd were all closed. They are now major thoroughfares, and the Washington Post should've given the closures bigger play.

Posted by: Arrrlington | June 2, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Anacostia River Crossings in D.C. from (heading upstream):

Frederick Douglass (South Capitol Street)
Officer Kevin Welsh (a.k.a. 11th Street)
John Philip Sousa (Pennsylvania Avenue) <--the one referred to by "arlington" above"
Whitney Young (East Capitol Street)
Benning Road
New York Avenue

Posted by: jcp | June 2, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

All of this continuing construction and the various bridge improvement projects throughout the area are more proof that the DC area is in dire need of a consortium/agency that can oversee and collaborate on transportation across all three jurisdictions, DC, MD and VA.

There are limited Potomac River crossings in this area as is. As of this morning, FIVE of them are effected by construction of some kind that is having an effect on traffic:

(1) American Legion Bridge, bridge painting blocks the transition lane (the 5th lane) of the inner loop on the bridge.

(2) Douglass Bridge, outbound closed for paving until midday today. And then, of course, closed entirely for 2 months in July/August.

(3) Chain Bridge, severely effected by the paving project on Glebe Rd just south of VA 123 on the Virginia side of the bridge. (This project is not being covered by the Post at all.)

(4) Point of Rocks Bridge. Alternating traffic on the VA side just south of the bridge for tree trimming (weekdays after AM rush and before PM rush).

(5) And of course there is always the ongoing Wilson Bridge construction.

So trying to get from one jurisdiction to another this summer, good luck... and count on spending some time stuck in traffic.

Posted by: xyv1027 | June 4, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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