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Advice For The Weekend and Beyond

Have a safe Thanksgiving week. Our Post commuter page on Sunday, Nov. 18, will have some suggestions about holiday routes. Remember this good advice from many other travelers: Have alternative routes in mind for when you encounter heavy congestion, but realize that there are no undiscovered shortcuts in our region. Timing your departure for off hours is your best shot at a good trip.

Walkathon Saturday
Metrorail will open at 6 a.m., an hour early, on Saturday, Nov. 17, for people attending the 20th Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon, which begins at 9 a.m. and goes from 7th to 14th Street NW along the mall.

Metro Weekend Work
The track maintenance and rail car testing on the Red, Orange and Green lines this weekend, Nov. 17 and 18, menas there will be delays as trains share a single open track. Here's a link to the full details on Metro's Web site.

Foxhall Road Work
Foxhall Road NW will be closed to traffic between Macarthur Boulevard and Reservoir Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. This is for paving between Macarthur and Greenwich Parkway. Northbound traffic on Foxhall will be detoured to Macarthur and Reservoir, then back to Foxhall. Foxhall will be open to southbound traffic.

Soccer at RFK
Expect big crowds around the stadium Sunday for the 2007 Major League Soccer Championship at noon. Metro will have more rail cars and extra trains available. Suburbanites can park free at the outlying stations on the Blue and Orange lines and avoid the traffic.

Douglass Bridge
There's road work thisÖ weekend, but neither side of the South Capitol Street bridge is completely shut. Two inbound lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m.Sunday. One outbound lane is closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pedestrians and bikes can use the inbound sidewalk. The repairs are on the outbound sidewalk until that work wraps up early next year.

Bay Bridge Re-Decking
The Maryland Transportation Authority has begun to rebuild the deck on the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and hopes to have four of the spans 144 deck panels replaced by Thanksgiving. For most people planning a holiday getaway, this should not be a problem since there will be no lane closures Tuesday through Nov. 26.

Otherwise, watch for nighttime delays. Expect westbound lane closures by 7 p.m., and closure of the entire westbound span from 8 p.m. through the following morning. During the closures, there will be two-way traffic on the other span. This project is scheduled to be done in late 2009.

Thanksgiving Road Work
Just about all of the highway work in our region that could slow your holiday travels will stop between Wednesday and the Monday evening after Thanksgiving .

Holiday HOV
Virginia's carpool lane restrictions will be in effect on Wednesday. On Interstate 66, the Stringfellow and Monument gates will be open. Here's the Wednesday schedule for the reversible lanes on I-95/395: The lanes close to northbound traffic at 10 a.m. and reopen for southbound at 1 p.m. At 11 p.m., they close for southbound, reopening at 1 a.m. for northbound.

There are no HOV restrictions in Virginia on Thanksgiving Day. The reversible lanes remain open northbound until 11 a.m. Friday.

Route 355 Bridge
The center lane of the Rockville Pike over the Capital Beltway is closed for the bridge reconstruction project. Except for the holiday period, the work schedule is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 16, 2007; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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