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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some happenings that may affect your upcoming travels.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
Add at least half an hour to your regular travel time between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue on the Red Line because of switch replacement work in the Brentwood rail yard. That's from 10 o'clock Friday through midnight Sunday, April 19. Every other train in the direction of the Glenmont will end its run at Judiciary Square and turn back toward Shady Grove between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Nations game starts at 1:05 p.m. Fans should make sure they look at the previous item if their planning to take Metrorail. The turnbacks should help some riders, because they will put more trains in the area most likely to be congested. Red Line riders from north of Rhode Island Avenue could transfer to the Green or Yellow Line at Fort Totten to get around the work zone.

K Street NW Repaving Project

One westbound lane of K Street is closed between 17th Street and Connecticut Avenue. Crews are installing a concrete bus pad in the road. The work will be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, April 20. One lane will remain open for westbound traffic.

The District's streetscape project is on track to be done by May 15, but the milling and paving originally scheduled to start Friday night has been postponed till Friday night, May 1. All that work will be done at night.

Route 123 in Tysons
This is the biggest impact so far of the HOT lanes construction project on the Capital Beltway in Virginia: Starting this coming week and continuing through November, the left lane in each direction on Route 123 will be closed around the Beltway interchange so workers can build two new bridge piers to connect with the highway. There will be two through lanes and one merge lane in each direction on Route 123.

Drivers heading inbound will see the lane shut just past the Westpark Drive Bridge. Drivers heading out will see it just past the Capital One Building.

Beltway Congestion at Night
There's been a lot of it in Virginia on the nights when the Wilson Bridge Project has narrowed traffic in one direction or the other to a single lane for contruction of a new ramp over the Beltway.

On Monday, April 20, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.: Traffic from east of the Eisenhower Avenue Connector to east of Telegraph Road will be narrowed to one lane.
Immediately after work zone, all Thru and Local lanes will be open.

Ramps from the directions of Telegraph Road to the outer loop will be closed.
Detour: Traffic heading to the outer loop from Telegraph Road will be detoured to Huntington Avenue eastbound and to Route 1 northbound.

The ramp from the outer loop to Telegraph Road southbound will be closed.
Detour: Drivers on the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will go to Eisenhower Avenue to Mill Road and to Telegraph Road.

The ramp bridge under construction is part of a new split ramp that will carry traffic from the outer loop back over the Beltway into Eisenhower Valley or onto Telegraph Road northbound. It is scheduled to be open next spring.

Zigzags in Loudoun
This week, Virginia Department of Transportation workers painted zigzag white lines along Belmont Ridge Road where it approaches the Washington & Old Dominion Trail crossing. They will do the same on Sterling Boulevard next week, then study the results to see if the paint makes drivers pay attention to the road and slow down before the trail crossing.

Circulator on Game Days
The District's red, black and silver Circulator bus has replaced Metrobus N22 as the link between Union Station, Eastern Market Station and Navy Yard Station, a great connector route among rail lines and the employment center along the Anacostia waterfront. It's also a useful link for baseball fans who want to escape the postgame congestion at Navy Yard Metrorail station. But what if you just want to use the bus, with its one dollar fare, to reach a dinner spot on Barracks Row? The Circulator operates late nights and weekends on game days. Don't have a baseball schedule to go by, you say? Then bookmark or printout this page, which lists the extended hours by date.

No Free Rides
Virginia will no longer offer free bus rides on Code Red Days, when the air quality is expected to be bad.

Confident City Cycling
With the warm weather here, cycling enthusiast Paul DeMaio in Arlington reminds me that people can sign up for free Confident City Cycling classes this spring.The classes are for beginners interested in cycling. There are classroom and street sessions. "We're now offering at least one class each month between April and September (except August)," he said. Classes now can get people ready for Bike to Work Day, which is May 15. Use this link to read more about the classes.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 17, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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I've heard that Pennsylvania Av NW will be closed Saturday morning for the Lupus walk. Is that correct and does anyone know the hours?

Posted by: transitrider | April 17, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Thank you for pointing out the Lupus walk, transitrider.
The Walk for Lupus Now will close Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets NW -- the start area -- from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the District Department of Transportation.

The walk, which begins at 9:30 a.m., goes down Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to 3rd Street and back to 12th Street.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | April 17, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock:

On Route 123, outbound from the District, is the dedicated left-hand turn lane from 123 into Tysons Corner Center still available? It's that weird lane that sits between the two sides of 123. I couldn't tell from your write-up. Thanks.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 17, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU for that lupus walk info. I drive downtown for the Caps games and that information is highly relevant.

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 17, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Yes, WashingtonDame, I asked VDOT about that dedicated left-turn lane from 123 into Tysons. VDOT says it will be open during the construction.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | April 18, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for getting back to Dr. Gridlock.

Need anything at LL Bean while I'm there? :)

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 18, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: WashingtonDame, I'd rather drive to Freeport and shop at Bean there, than enter that space station we call Tysons.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | April 18, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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