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The Weekend and Beyond

Some suggestions on local travel and transportation issues for this weekend and the rest of the month.

Metrorail Delays
Track maintenance on the Red, Orange and Green lines will start tonight and continue through Sunday. Riders should 15 to 20 minutes to their normal travel times on those lines, because trains heading inbound and outbound will be sharing a track to get around the work zones. See full details here on Metro's Web site.

Metrobus Detours
Events in Washington and Virginia on Saturday and Sunday will require some Metrobuses to detour around the activities. So you see a list of the events and the affected bus lines on this page at Metro's Web site.

Bay Bridge
The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge will be closed for maintenance during overnight hours through the weekend, the Maryland Transportation Authority says.

These are the closing hours:
-- 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
-- 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
-- 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Two-way traffic will operate on what is normally the westbound span during the closures.

The transportation authority says the closings schedule is designed to accommodate rush hour traffic and also the extra traffic that is likely to be generated by two weekend events on the Eastern Shore: NASCAR races in Dover, Del., and SunFest in Ocean City.

Veirs Mill Road
Watch for single lane closures between Norbeck Road and the Rock Creek Bridge on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rockville Pike
At off peak times Monday through Thursday, you may encounter single lane closures at Randolph/Montrose Road. The work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Branch Avenue Ramp
Lane closures are planned on southbound Branch Avenue (Route 5) and its ramp to the Capital Beltway's outer loop on weeknights between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Farragut North Art
Metro's Art in Transit program and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District are looking for an artist to create permanent public art at the Red Line's Farragut North Station. The theme for the art project is "pulse," as in the movement of people, trains, buses and vehicles.

The sponsors say preference will be given to artists who live in Washington, and to those who have experience in the design, development and execution of public art projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 3, and a selection will be made in December, with installation to be completed next September. Artists, look for more details on the business group's Web site, at

Silver Spring Bus Stops
Starting Sept. 28, all the Ride On and Metro buses that operate out of the Silver Spring Metro station are scheduled to move out into the surrounding streets until construction of the new transit center is done in about two years.

The taxi stand also will be moving. And MARC passengers will walk along a new path to reach the northbound train platform. The Metro Kiss & Ride area will move to an adjacent parking garage on Bonifant Street. (We plan to show a map of this on The Post's Commuter page on Sept. 28.)

By Robert Thomson  |  September 19, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What is going on with the work zone on the case bridge/inbound 14th st bridge??? I have had multiple people trying to come into the city today get caught up in this madness for hours. No signage on 66 inbound or at the 110 turnoff. Can you help us out a little bit DDot?

Posted by: Chris | September 20, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Trying to get into the city today using the 14th St Bridge today was MADNESS! I pulled into the HOV lane at 9:10 am and didn't get onto 14th St until 9:55 am. When we left the District around Noon, the back-up from the 14th St Bridge onto 395 was *miles* long.

Posted by: OrangeFish | September 20, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

DDOT was installing overhead electronic signage on the 14th street bridge overnight, and the contractor ran into trouble and ended up going into the day on Saturday, causing the massive traffic jam.

Heck of a job, DDOT!

Posted by: DDOT | September 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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