Traffic and Transit Advisories
The center of attention for travelers this weekend -- or the place to avoid -- is in downtown Washington.
Downtown Street Closings
The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding annual meetings this weekend. Here's how that will affect drivers and pedestrians.
Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Sunday, these streets will be closed:
-- Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 17th Street and 20th Street NW
-- 19th Street, NW between I ("Eye") Street and F Street NW
-- H Street NW between 17th Street and 20th Street NW
From 8 p.m. on Friday to 9 p.m. Monday, these streets will be closed:
-- 18th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- 19th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- 20th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- F Street NW between 17th Street and 20th Street NW
Vehicular access to the 1700 through 2000 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the 1700 and 1800 blocks of H Street NW , and the 800 block of 19th Street NW is tentatively scheduled to be available for morning rush traffic on Monday. (I'll update that if something changes.)
No parking Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight:
-- Wisconsin Avenue NW - from South Street north to Q Street
-- Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street corridor from 23rd Street ( Washington Circle ) all the way west to Key Bridge
Only pedestrians with business in the area and proper identification will be permitted access to the following locations:
-- 600, 700 and 800 blocks of 18th Street, 19th Street, and 20th Street NW
-- 1700, 1800, 1900, and 2000 blocks of G Street NW
-- 1900 block of H Street NW
Weekend Work on Metrorail
Track maintenance and rail car testing on the Yellow and Green lines this weekend will create delays while trains share tracks. Here's a link to the Metro announcement on the various disruptions.
The dowtown meetings, the Howard University homecoming parade on Saturday and the Columbia Pike festival on Sunday will force Metro to detour some bus routes. Here's a link to the Metro announcement.
Two new lanes opened Friday on Centreville Road in Fairfax County. The $29 million, 1.6-mile widening between Metrotech Drive and McLearen Road was funded by the county. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2008 to widen Centreville Road between West Ox Road and Frying Pan Road. The lanes opened today and the upcoming widening will provide a continuous four-lane roadway between Chantilly and Herndon.
Virginia Interchange Underway
Construction has begun on the Route 28 and Frying Pan Road interchange in Fairfax County. The $24.5 million project, last of 10 interchanges either built or under construction as part of the Route 28 public-private partnership, is scheduled to be done by fall 2009. Some drivers have complaints about the order in which the interchanges were tackled and some others about specific results, but overall, the Route 28 program is a great improvement for travelers.
The District is rebuilding Kenilworth Avenue NE between Foote Street and Lane Place. Work has begun on the southbound Kenilworth Avenue Service Road and probably will continue through November. The Service Road is closed for reconstruction of intersections at Lane Place and 42nd Street NE, and local traffic is being detoured. But traffic on southbound Kenilworth Avenue is not affected by this, and the exit for Burroughs Avenue remains open.
Arlington police are closing South Dinwiddie Street between Columbia Pike and South 9th Street from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21) for the "Taste of the Pike" food festival. The festival, next to the Arlington Mill Community Center, runs from noon to 7 p.m.
The northbound Whitehurst Freeway ramp off Potomac Freeway was scheduled to be closed from Monday through Tuesday, but the repair work has been postponed and the ramp will remain open.
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