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The Weekend and Beyond

The main events this weekend are the projects at the Wilson Bridge and on Metro's Green and Yellow lines at Mount Vernon Square. Both are likely to cause delays. But watch out also for the emergency storm sewer repair on New York Avenue NE.

Metro Weekend Delays
The switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square, which will cause delays on the Green and Yellow lines, began at 11 p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday night. After this, the project has three more weekends to go: May 16-18, May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. (It's always Friday night through Sunday night.)

Wilson Bridge
The word has gone out up and down the East Coast about the construction work and resulting delays likely to occur this weekend, from Friday night through Sunday. (There was some concern about the weather, but that's looking better and the plan is a go.)

Read the details here, but these are the highlights:
-- The Capital Beltway's outer loop is temporarily reduced to one lane between the Springfield Interchange and the bridge. [11 a.m. Saturday: Outer loop traffic jams up as it reaches the Eisenhower Connector and enters the area of lane reductions. Stay away from there. Check the current situation on our traffic page.]
-- The Springfield Interchange ramp from northbound I-95 North to the outer loop was closed temporarily early Saturday.
-- The best strategy is to avoid the area this weekend, but if you're trying to get around Washington, go west on the Beltway at Springfield, take the American Legion Bridge across the Potomac and rejoin I-95 after about the same number of miles you'd have driven via the Wilson Bridge route.

Here's a map showing the work zone.

New York Avenue Lanes Blocked
Two inbound lanes on New York Avenue NE between Fairview Avenue and the 9th Street-Brentwood Parkway ramp are closed because of a broken storm sewer. The District Department of Transportation expects the lanes will be closed through the weekend.

Bike to Work Day
If you've been tempted to try biking to work, next Friday, May 16, is your day to take a test drive. You'll be able to join thousands of others participating in Bike to Work Day. Riders will be gathering at 26 pit stops across the region The gathering times vary, but most spots open at 6:30 a.m. Riders can participate in commuter convoys that wind up at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington.

More information and registration details are available from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, at, or 202-518-0524.

I-95 Widening
Watch for midday single-lane closures Monday through Thursday between Exit 166 (Fairfax County Parkway) and Exit 160 (Route 123) as part of the Interstate 95 widening project.

Virginia Governor's Forum
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) plans to hold a town hall meeting in Woodbridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss plans for a special legislative session on financing transportation improvements. The governor's office says it will soon schedule another session in Loudoun County. The Woodbridge meeting is at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr.

Langley Park Crossroads
The left lane is closed in both directions on New Hampshire Avenue at University Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. That work zone gets very congested and is best avoided unless you have business in the area.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 9, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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It would be a good idea if Metro could figure some way to update the "next train" information in each station to provide the correct waiting time generally.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It would be a good idea if Metro could figure some way to update the "next train" information in each station to provide the correct waiting time generally.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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