National Marathon in DC on Saturday
This event has been of great concern to weekend travelers for the past couple of years, because it's held on a Saturday, rather than a Sunday when traffic tends to be lighter and covers a lot of territory in the District.
In fact, its popularity with drivers ranks on a level with the annual Christmas tree lighting held on the Ellipse during the afternoon rush hour.
The National Marathon and Half Marathon start at 7 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m. RFK Stadium is the start and end point, but the runners go through six of the District's eight wards. There will be numerous street closings while the runners pass, and there will be traffic delays. The plan does not affect parking on those streets. This link will take you to a page of maps and more information about street closures.
These are just some highlights of the areas affected:
East Capitol Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The traffic plan says that Capitol Hill residents will be allowed intermittent access across East Capitol Street on the north-south streets.
On Connecticut Avenue, drivers are likely to encounter delays between 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. Minnesota Avenue SE will be closed to traffic from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Best bets for getting around on major streets are Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York avenue.
Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m. Before the race, all Red Line trains will operate every 12 minutes. All Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green Line trains will operate every 15 minutes from the ends of each rail line and every seven to eight minutes in downtown Washington.
The widespread road closings will interfere with most downtown Metrobus routes and MetroAccess service, the transit authority says. Forty-one Metrobus routes in the District will be detoured. Metro suggests that passengers build in extra time for morning trips or, if possible, postpone them till midafternoon.
These are the routes that face detours and delays: 5A, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, 32, 34, 36, 38B, 42, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, 98, A42, A46, A48, B2, D4, D6, D8, G8, H2, H4, H8, L2, M6, N6, N22, P6, S2, S4, U6, V8, X2 and X8.
March 18, 2009; 7:34 AM ET
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