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The Weekend and Beyond

Some things to know about getting around this weekend and later this month.

District Events
There are many street activities in Washington this weekend that could slow your travels. Karyn LeBlanc, spokeswoman for the District Department of Transportation, put out a list that includes:
Capital Pride Festival, Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd and 7th Streets; 6th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue and C Street; Constitution Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street; 4th Street NW, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Madison. With the exception of 4th Street, streets will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until midnight Sunday. (Here's a link to our map of the Capital Pride events.)
The 233rd Annual Army Birthday Ball, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Army Birthday Ball has an eight motor coach shuttle operation and lots of VIPs. L Street from 7th to 9th streets NW will be closed from 3 p.m Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.

Metrobus Detours
Metro is rerouting some buses, because of the events listed above. Here's the plan.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
The weekly maintenance program starts late Friday night and continues through Sunday. The Red, Orange and Green Lines are affected this weekend. Full details are in this statement from Metro.

VRE Shuttle
Friday was the last day for the Library and St. Mary's Church Shuttle buses to VRE's Burke Centre Station. The North and South Neighborhood routes will continue through the summer.

June 30 will be the last day that bus drivers will be punching the EZ Bus rebate cards. Reimbursement requests submitted after Aug. 31 will not be honored, VRE says.

Bay Bridge
One lane of the eastbound span will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday for road repair. Eastbound travelers should expect delays after 8 p.m. Heavy westbound traffic will more than likely prevent the usual two-way traffic plan on the westbound span.

Bus Rerouting in SE Washington
Starting Sunday, Metrobuses will be rerouted because of a new security measure at the United Medical Center, the new name of the former Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Metro has full details here.

Bridge Closing
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge on South Capitol Street will be undergoing a routine testing of the bridge at 6 a.m. Sunday. The bridge is scheduled to be closed to all traffic till 6:45 a.m.

Silver Spring Turn
Barry Gross of Silver Spring wrote in last year to suggest placing a green arrow allowing right turns at Spring Street and Colesville Road. That, he said, would relieve a chronic commuter bottleneck. The many drivers turning right onto Colesville had only a 15-second green, Gross said.

The Maryland State Highway Administration had the same idea, and though it took a while to complete the project, Gross said this week he is pleased with the results: The right turn signal "is now working extremely well, eliminating a constant traffic backup headache."

Route 32 Project
On Monday, workers are scheduled to start setting steel for the Burntwoods Road Bridge over Route 32 in Howard County. Route 32 will be closed intermittently for up to 15 minutes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights. The steel placement should be done by June 23.

As part of this $27 million interchange project, traffic has been shifted to newly constructed lanes of Route 32 at Burntwoods Road. The interchange is scheduled to be completed by fall next year.

George Washington Parkway
The southbound right lane at the Humpback Bridge reconstruction project may be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. No night work is planned this coming week.

Shady Grove Road
Beginning June 22 and continuing weeknights for up to four weeks, the Maryland State Highway Administration will install 12 concrete beams over Shady Grove Road south of Tupelo Drive and Epsilon Drive for a new bridge that will be part of the intercounty connector.

The work hours will be 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. June 22 through June 25, June 29 through July 2, July 8 through 10 and July 13 through 17.

Shady Grove Road will be closed periodically for 15 minutes between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. just south of Tupelo and Epsilon Drives. Double lane closures will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights, through July 17. (I'll remind you about this one next week.)

Frederick County Projects
I had a great time speaking with the Rotary Club of Frederick this month, and thought I would note a couple of projects up their way:
-- The Tuscarora Road Bridge over Washington Run is closed for replacement until early September. Watch for detour signs.
-- The Jefferson Pike Bridge over a Potomac River tributary near Knoxville Road Bridge also is closed for replacement, and is scheduled to reopen by mid-fall. Watch for detour signs.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 15, 2008; 9:29 AM ET
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Thanks for the heads up on the Lawyers Have a Heart Race -- first I'd heard of it and I'd have been very upset since it blocks my route to my weekend job. However; trying to figure out a secondary route is proving futile - I called the number listed on DDOT's webpage for more info ( ... got transfered around twice. They then gave me a phone number to a Patty Burke who works for the AHA (race sponsor) only it sends you straight to voicemail, saying she's not answering messages because she's prepping for the race and if you have questions you should GO TO PACKET PICK UP for information. Wow. Yeah, I'm going to shlep around the city to try and get an answer about whether or not I'll be able to reach my parking garage tomorrow. Thanks everyone. I think my best bet is going to be walking from the Arlington. God I wish I didn't need the second job so bad.

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