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The Weekend and Beyond

Some tips for getting around this weekend, and next week:

Metrorail Delays
Track maintenance on the Blue and Yellow lines will cause lengthy delays on Saturday and Sunday, because trains be sharing a single track to get around the work zones. See the full description here.

DC United/Nationals on Saturday
They're both playing at home. The Nats game starts at 7:10 p.m. D.C. United starts at 8 p.m. That means the shift is on for parking at RFK Stadium. Nats fans, who normally park for free at Lot 8 and take the free Nats Express to Nationals Park, should park in Lot 7 and catch the shuttle there. Lot 7 is on the north side of RFK, and can be reached via the Whitney Young Bridge on East Capitol Street or Oklahoma Avenue NE.


Traffic Delays in D.C.
Several events are likely to cause some traffic congestion in Washington on Saturday.
-- Building construction at L'Enfant Plaza.
-- Crane operations on Georgia Avenue.
-- A protest march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol.
On Monday, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 13th streets will be closed for a Bastille Day festival.

Some Metrobuses will be detoured. See a list of the events, with times and exact locations, and the bus detours here on Metro's Web site.

Metro Lot Closed
Metro is doing maintenance this weekend and next at the Grosvenor Station surface parking lot. This blocks off the 412 spaces in the lot for both weekends, but there still are more than a thousand spaces available in the main garage and the kiss and ride lot.

VRE Garage
The area in front of the Burke Centre garage has been closed off for a few weeks so the road in front of the garage can be repaved.Cars will need to use what is normally the exit to get in as well as out. VRE says the exit was designed to accommodate two-way traffic.

Rail Project in Tysons
The right lane of westbound Route 7 between Route 123 and the entrance to Frontage Road is scheduled to be closed from 9:30 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday; from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday; and from 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday. This is part of the utility relocation in preparation for construction of the Metrorail line through Tysons.

Langley Park Road Work
The right lane of New Hampshire Avenue will be closed in both directions University Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays next week.

Branch Avenue Interchange
Watch for single lane closures on the Capital Beltway at Branch Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays next week.

Kenilworth Avenue Interchange
The ramp from eastbound Route 50 to southbound Kenilworth Avenue is closed as part of a bridge replacement project. Watch for the detour signs.

12th Street Ramp
Margery K. Sweat wrote in to ask what's going on with the 12th Street ramp from the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway. The District recently began an 18-month project to rehabilitate a small section of the 11th Street Bridge in the L'Enfant Plaza area of in Southwest Washington. The section of the bridge crosses over D Street, the railroad tracks and approach roadways.

For safety, the exit ramp to the 12th Street ramp is closed. The detour goes to 15th Street, onto Independence Avenue and back to 12th Street SW.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 11, 2008; 11:26 AM ET
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I think there's a typo in the last item about the 12th Street project: the detour runs down 15th Street SW, rather than 5th Street.

I must say, coming from Virginia through the 12th Street Tunnel has been much faster this summer due to the reduced traffic with that ramp closed.

Posted by: Rich | July 11, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

DR. G: Could you be a little more specific about the "crane operations on Georgia Avenue"? Where on Georgia Avenue? Thank you.

Posted by: dave | July 11, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Rich, Thanks for the 5/15 catch, now fixed.
dave, the northbound lanes of Georgia Butternut and Aspen streets will be blocked, with northbound traffic shifted over to one of the southbound lanes. This is for 12 hours, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | July 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Why does single tracking on the five minute stretch of track between Pentagon City and Braddock Road create 35 minute delays?

Posted by: wtf | July 11, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

wtf: it's "up to 35 minute" delays. And it definitely takes more than 5 minutes to traverse that segment of track....the stopping time at Braddock Road, National Airport, Crystal City, and Pentagon City alone probably accounts for about 5 minutes, and when travel time is added in it's longer. My guess is that it takes 10 to 12 minutes or so to get a train through that segment. Usually they like to hold a train at the beginning of the single track segment so they can let another train behind it "catch up"...that way they can send 2 trains through at once. So add another 5 minutes or so and now we are up to 17 minutes. But wait..this only accounts for trains in one direction. That whole 17 minutes it takes for one set of trains to go through southbound, northbound trains can't get through. So take the 17 minutes and double it to apply to both directions. Then add a minute to allow them to flip the direction and voila, you have 35 minutes. But that 35 minutes is the amount of time it will take you to get from Pentagon City to Braddock Road if you *just* miss a southbound train and have to wait for 2 northbound trains to come through before you can get onto one going south. Worst case scenario. Most people will be delayed less than 35 minutes.

Posted by: Woodley Park | July 11, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sending two trains through at once when they're already running 12 minutes apart. Genius.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Braddock Road to Pentagon City is a 9 minute route. A competently run system could turn that into 18 minute MAX delays, not AT LEAST 35.

There's also no explanation of why they have to close four stretches of track at once.

This is why many people just assume Metro isn't available on weekends.

Posted by: Matt | July 12, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The trains can't run full speed through the workzone, so the trip takes longer than the scheduled 9 minutes or whatever the Metro site says the usual travel time is. The 35 delay estimate sounds about right from my experience, and as Woodley Park points out, many people won't experience nearly that bad a delay. Having every other train terminate at Pentagon City will help, too.

Posted by: OTP | July 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I gave up LONG ago on Metro's point-to-point travel times. (i.e, the 9 minutes referenced above) They are a combination of historical fiction and wishful thinking. To be safe, I usually add 10% at the beginning of rush hour (before delays have piled up), 25% at the end of rush hour, and 40% for any off-peak trip involving a transfer.

Posted by: Joe in SS | July 13, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

a lil late here, but from my experience, metro is usually accurate with their repair-related delay time estimates. The trip planner also has accounted for the weekend trackwork delays, producing accurate estimates as well.

The trip planner has always been pretty accurate when I've used it, barring unforseen circumstances. (speaking for rail travel only...I dont use it for the bus)

Posted by: Metro Man | July 14, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"There's also no explanation of why they have to close four stretches of track at once."

Because they want to. Suck it.

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