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The Weekend and Beyond

Some tips on weekend travel and upcoming traffic and transit issues:

Rail Delays
Metrorail's weekend work schedule will cause delays of at least 20 minutes on the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines during Saturday and Sunday. The full details are here on Metro's Web site.

Event Detour
Saturday evening's Crystal City Twilighter 5K race through through Crystal City and the Pentagon South Parking lot will cause some Metrobus detours from 6 to 10 p.m. The routes affected are 7A, 7F, 9A, 10A, 16B, 16J, 23A, 25A.

Wilson Bridge Project
Watch for temporary lane closures on Route 1 between Fort Hunt Road and Franklin Street in Alexandria on Saturday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Franklin Street at Route 1 will also be closed.

In addition, from mid-afternoon to 9 p.m., the ramp from the Beltway's inner loop to northbound Route 1 will be closed. Full details are here on the bridge project Web site.

Douglass Bridge Testing
The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River, will close for a swing span test at 6 a.m. Sunday. The test will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Bay Bridge Travel
Best times to avoid summer congestion on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Thursdays before 2 p.m., Fridays before noon and after 8 p.m., Saturdays before 7 a.m. and between 5 and 10 p.m., Sundays between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

New Speed Control on Beltway
The Variable Speed Limit system is scheduled to start Monday night along the Capital Beltway between Springfield and the Wilson Bridge. Watch for the new speed limit signs. The display in the center can change over time from 55 mph to 35 mph, depending on traffic conditions, and police will be out to enforce the new rules. (We plan to have a feature on this in Sunday's Post. Look for it on the Commuter page. It's always page 2 of the Metro section.)

Road Closed
Beulah Road in Fairfax County will be closed between Route 7 and Browns Mill Road for widening and utility work from Monday through Aug. 28. Watch for detour signs onto Trap Road.

NY Avenue Repairs
The District is building a retaining wall the shore up the slope along New York Avenue NE that collapsed in May. Construction will take about three weeks.

The site is about 15 feet from the curb lane by the Amtrak property between Fairview Street and the 9th Street Bridge. That lane along this major commuter route will be closed during the project to protect the workers.

ART Fare Increase
Fares went up this month on Arlington's buses. The full cash fare for all ART buses is now $1.35. Riders who pay with SmarTrip cards still are charged $1.25. The ART 67 Lunch Loop is a free ride.

VRE Extension Plan
VRE is conducting a study for a proposed new branch of service that could run 11 miles from Manassas Station to Haymarket along Norfolk Southern tracks.

VRE has scheduled a public workshop to discuss this at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tuscarora Road
The bridge over Washington Run should reopen by early September, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Drivers should follow the detour signs while the bridge is shut for replacement.

Central Avenue Lanes
Watch for single lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and double lane closures weekdays from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Cindy Lane and the District line.

Massachusetts Ave. Repairs
The District is repairing the bridge over Rock Creek Parkway. Crews are working from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and hope to be done by Aug. 15. All lanes are open for rush hours, but some may be closed overnight.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 25, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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