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The Weekend and Beyond

The center of attention this weekend is the annual Race For The Cure in Washington, combined with the delays that will result from Metro's track work.

Metrorail Delays
This is the last scheduled weekend for the track switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square that has been disrupting service on the Green and Yellow lines. But until Sunday night, riders should add at least a half hour to their usual travel times on those lines. More details here.

Race For The Cure
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m.Saturday to help out people involved in the race, which starts at 8 a.m. in downtown Washington. Trains will operate every 12 to 15 minutes on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, but watch out for the Yellow and Green lines. Add at least 30 minutes to normal travel times on those two because of the switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square.

Route 450 Detour
Signs will be posted next week advising drivers that a section of Route 450 will be temporarily closed later this month to replace the bridge over Bacon Ridge Branch.

The area that will be closed to through traffic is between Crofton and Annapolis. Traffic will be detoured to Davidsonville Road and Route 50.
The route won't be closed until schools go on summer vacation. Before school starts again, the detour will be lifted, and all construction is scheduled to be finished by the end of September.

VRE Parking
Some other changes come with the opening of the Burke Centre Garage: The St. Mary's Church and Library shuttles will be discontinued after service ends on June 13. The EZ Bus neighborhood shuttles will continue through at least the fall, but the EZ Bus rebate passes will no longer be punched after June 30. Rebate requests submitted after Aug. 31 won't be honored.

Volunteers Needed
Metro is looking for seniors and riders with disabilities to fill six spots on its volunteer Elderly and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee. The positions are open for representatives from Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the City of Alexandria and District of Columbia.

The committee advises Metro on ways to improve Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess services. Applications for the unpaid positions can be found at www.9wmata.9com/9accessibility/9edApplication. Applications are also available at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW, Washington. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 20.

Station Office Closed
MARC's Silver Spring ticket office closes today to make way for construction of the new transit center. The MARC platforms remain open, and one-way fares can be purchased on board with cash without a penalty.

GW Parkway
A new construction project is underway on the George Washington Parkway. This work will stabilize the bank along Pimmit Run to protect the bridge pier from erosion. Watch for lane closures during off peak hours along the bridge, which is about a mile south of Route 123 in McLean.

One lane in each direction will always be open. Closures of the right lane on the parkway's southbound side can occur between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. But traffic delays also will result when trucks enter and leave the parkway. The project is scheduled to be done in December.

Track Work on MARC
CSX plans to repair track on MARC's Camden Line between Union Station and the Riverdale Station from Monday through Thursday. Train P844, the 8:05 a.m. train from Union Station, and Train P851, the 8:15 a.m. train from Baltimore/Camden Station, will be cancelled on those days. Train P849, the 7:20 a.m. express from Baltimore/Camden Station, will make all stops from Baltimore to Washington to accommodate more passengers.

Curve Gets Makeover
This weekend and next, the Maryland State Highway Administration is smoothing out a sharp curve along eastbound Interstate 70 near Mount Tabor Road. Watch for single-lane closings between 7 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday on the two weekends. Traffic delays are likely, and drivers might want to use Route 40 instead.

Road Work in Montgomery
Watch for flaggers directing traffic during construction on Germantown Road between Darnestown and Richter Farm roads. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 6, 2008; 4:33 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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