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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some suggestions for your weekend voyages, and some transportation issues that will come up in the rest of April.

Cherry Blossom Parade
The parade starts Saturday at 9:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue NW north of the Mall. See the previous entry where I listed the street closings and parking restrictions that begin tonight.

Metro will have to reroute some buses and delays are likely. These are the routes: The parade will affect the following Metrobus routes: 5A, 13, 32, 34, 36, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, P6, S2, S4 and V8. The transit authority says it hopes to restore normal service by 2 p.m.

Three Sports Events Saturday
As if the Cherry Blossom Festival weren't enough to draw a crowd, we'll have three games in Washington on Saturday night: Wizards at Verizon Center, DC United at RFK Stadium and Nationals at Nationals Park. Metro says it will put on extra trains.

The Nats play a pre-season game at 6:05 p.m., the Wizards start at 7 p.m., and DC United begin action at 7:30 p.m. After the games, Metro will have a combination of six-car and eight-car trains for fans at Gallery Place Station on the Red, Yellow and Green lines, from Navy Yard Station on the Green Line and from Stadium-Armory Station on the Orange and Blue lines.

Sunday's Cherry Blossom Run, Walk
The Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run begins at 7:40 a.m. The 5K Run-Walk starts at 8:40 a.m. Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m. The closest Metrorail stop to the staging area on the Washington Monument grounds is Smithsonian Station on the Blue and Orange lines.

Wilson Bridge Project
There's some weekend work.
From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the left lane of the inner loop Thru Lanes will be closed between Route 1 and Telegraph Road.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the right lane of the outer loop Thru Lanes will be closed between Telegraph Road and Route 1.
From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, the left lane of the Local Lanes on the outer loop will be closed between Telegraph Road and Route 1.

Douglass Bridge Test Sunday
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to close the Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street traffic over the Anacostia River, from 5 to about 10 a.m. Sunday, April 5. It's the monthly test opening of the swing span. Workers will make minor repairs if necessary. The bridge will reopen as soon as they're done.

Ride On Bus Changes
A first round of service cuts begins Sunday for Montgomery County's Ride On bus service. The routes involved: On weekdays, Routes 4, 6, 18, 43, 63, 75, 79, 82, 83, 90, 96, 98; on Saturdays, Routes 18, 26, 43 and 90; on Sundays, Route 26. To see the new timetables, use this link.

I-66 Blasting
That gets your attention, doesn't it? Traffic on I-66 will be stopped on all lanes for two 15-minute intervals a day next week to allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to carry out blasting operations in connection with the I-66 widening project at Gainesville. (Not the widening we've talked about lately that involves I-66 spot improvements inside the Beltway.)

From Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 10, there will be two blasts a day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at mile marker 44 between the Route 234 bypass and University Boulevard. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the 234 bypass, and eastbound traffic will be stopped just past the I-66 bridge over Route 29. University Boulevard will be stopped on either side of the bridge approaches. Watch for police directing traffic. See more details on the widening project at this VDOT link.

SmarTrip Trade In
A good deal: On three upcoming dates, seniors and disabled people who have regular SmarTrip cards can trade them in for free and get senior or reduced fare SmarTrip cards. (The cards would normally cost $5.)

Metro has scheduled the exchanges for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8, 15 and 22 at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW. Whatever value is on the regular SmarTrip card will be transferred to the senior or reduced fare card.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 3, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
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Dr G

There's actually a 4th DC sporting event on Saturday night. DC Armor (who?) has its home opener at the DC Armory at the same time as the DC United game at RFK.

Posted by: yodawearsadidas | April 3, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Why do they want the disabled to exchange their SmartTrip cards? Will the green ones stop working?

Posted by: dkf747 | April 3, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

DFK - they can keep the old ones, they just won't receive the senior or disabled discount.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | April 3, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

it's still confusing. We have a green SmartTrip card that is for people with disabilities. The new ones are yellow. This exchange is for the regular green cards or for the green cards for those with disabilities or is it for both cards to be replaced. I know this is late, but I hope t will be cleared up in this blog.

Posted by: dkf747 | April 7, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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