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Sunday Traffic Alert: Army 10-Miler

Here's some advice for getting to, or getting around, the annual race scheduled for Sunday morning.

Take the train. Metrorail is adding service, and Arlington County is closing some roads because of the Army 10-Miler.

The rail system will open an hour early, at 6 a.m. And there will be extra service on the Blue Line, the one that race participants and spectators will be most likely to use.

Meanwhile, Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated
temporarily on Sunday morning to Pentagon City until Arlington County reopens the roadways it will close for the race. Metro figures that bus service at the Pentagon Transit Center should return to normal by about 2 p.m. Sunday, but note that the Pentagon Metrorail station will be open throughout the race to accommodate spectators and participants.

The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. The start point is on Washington Boulevard in Arlington. The runners go into the District and end up in the Pentagon South Parking Lot. (See map.)

Blue Line trains will operate every seven and a half minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory stations from 6 to 8 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. There's no track maintenance work scheduled for anywhere in the rail system during the race period. Parking at Metro lots and garages is free on weekends.

Tip from Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel for race participants taking the train: Use a SmarTrip card or put a plastic cover over your paper Farecard. In previous years, he said, race participants have found that their paper cards become demagnitized when they get covered in sweat.

These roads in Arlington will be affected:
-- Washington Boulevard (Route 27) will be closed between I-395 and the Memorial Bridge, starting at 5:30 a.m.
-- Columbia Pike will be closed east of Joyce Street at 5:30 a.m.
-- I-395's southbound HOV lanes will be closed at 5:30 a.m.
-- South Eads Street will be closed from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/Northbound I-395 HOV lanes at 4:30 a.m.

All of the roads should be reopened by noon, Arlington police say.

Access to the Pentagon Reservation will be restricted to authorized vehicles from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pentagon employees must park at the North Parking Lots, using the Boundary Channel Drive access points.

Here also are the roadways that the U.S. Park Police plan to close and the probable times of the closures:
-- GW Parkway and Boundary Channel southbound ramps to Route 27, 6 a.m.
-- Memorial Bridge, 7:20 a.m.
-- Constitution Avenue between 23rd and 17th streets, 7:20 a.m.
-- 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues, 7:20 a.m.
-- 15th Street between Constitution and Maine avenues, 7:20 a.m.
-- Madison Drive between 7th and 14th streets, 6 a.m.
-- Jefferson Drive between 15th and 7th streets, 6 a.m.
-- Independence Avenue between 23rd and14th streets, 7:20 a.m.
-- Rock Creek Parkway between Virginia Avenue and Ohio Drive, 7:20 a.m.
-- Ohio Drive between Inlet Bridge and 23rd Street, 6 a.m.

All those should be reopened by 11 a.m. But D.C. police also will be doing some intermittent street closures along the race route, starting at 7:30 a.m. Everything should be reopened by noon.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2008; 7:21 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Metro  
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Are we going to have the same mess where there are other roads closed that they "forgot" to mention?

Posted by: Steve | October 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I was just wondering the same thing as steve. Looking at the PDF map it looks like they'll be on Rock Creek Parkway, but the same thing was on the national triathalon map ... and really they were on Potomac River Freeway. Since I take Potomac River Freeway to get to work (from the Roosevelt bridge) I'm never really sure which events are going to be closing it down (or closing down the exit at 27th to get to K St).

Posted by: Arlington | October 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Steve and Arlington, I understand your frustration with these road closings. Drivers and Metrobus riders had some difficulties in Arlington with surprise closings during the Sept. 11 Memorial dedication at the Pentagon. And the athletic events almost always contain some surprises for drivers. (More so when they're on Saturdays than on Sundays, however.)

I just got some updated information through the District Department of Transportation about the park police schedule for road closings in the District on Sunday morning. So I pasted that into the original entry above.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | October 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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