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The Weekend and Beyond

Looks like a pretty gloomy weekend for getting about Washington, but here's some advice about weekend travels and some tips about the future.

Metrorail Delays
Red, Blue and Yellow Line riders are in for it this weekend. Here's the breakdown.

Blue and Yellow Line
Add at least half an hour this weekend to a normal trip between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street on the Blue Line and Huntington on the Yellow Line. This is for a switch and fastener replacement outside King Street Station. The Yellow Line trains are running between Huntington and Greenbelt. Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and King Street, and between Largo and the Reagan National Airport.

Red Line
Add 20 minutes to a Red Line trip between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. This is phase two of a switch replacement project in the Brentwood Yard, north of Union Station. The work originally was scheduled for last weekend, but Metro let the schedule slip a week so that it could fix the drainage problem south of Takoma Station that had forced trains to slow in that area.

Caps Play at Verizon Center
The first game of this playoff round starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and the second at 7 p.m. Monday. That means crowding at Metro's Gallery Place Station, below the Verizon Center, on the Red, Yellow and Green lines.

Nats Home
The weekend games at Nationals Park start at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. Parking at Metro stations is free on weekends. The nearest station is Navy Yard. Another freebie: Park at RFK Stadium and take the Nats Express to 300 M Street SE. Walk a few blocks to the park.

Wilson Bridge
A bridge opening is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday. Also, the Variable Speed Limit system now will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, as well as some overnight periods during construction around the Capital Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange.

HOT Lanes Closure
The Capital Beltway widening in Virginia is claiming bridge after bridge. During the week of May 10, the Oak Street Bridge over the Beltway will close until spring 2010 as part of the Virginia Department of Transportation's High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project. While the two-lane bridge is demolished and rebuilt, drivers will be directed to Idylwood Road or Gallows Road. The demolition will occur at night over six weeks.

This isn't one of the main commuter routes: The Oak Street Bridge carries about 230 vehicles during the morning rush hour and 270 during the afternoon rush.

New Lane Lights in Tunnels
John Lisle, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, says crews have been putting lane control signals in three tunnels: the 3rd Street Tunnel and the Air Rights Tunnel under Massachusetts Avenue on I-395 and the 9th Street Tunnel under the Mall.

The safety lights, installed to comply with national standards, are still being tested, he said. The department also plans to install raised pavement markers and new lane striping in the tunnels.

University Boulevard Paving
The Maryland State Highway Administration is resurfacing a mile-long section of University Boulevard between Veirs Mill Road and Farragut Avenue in Kensington. The $2.7 million job should be done by late fall.

Watch for single lane closures and lane shifts 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m. weekdays. There also may be double lane closures weekdays 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Paving on I-270
Maryland also is working on a resurfacing project along a mile of northbound Interstate 270 between Fingerboard Road and Bennett Creek in Frederick County. Single lane closures may occur 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and midnight to 6 a.m. Fridays.

New Traffic Cameras
I just wanted to let you know that we've gotten some key D.C.-area cameras working recently, including multiple cameras on Traffic camera fans, there are new views available along the Capital Beltway just south of the American Legion Bridge, on Route 7 in Tysons Corner, and on the Dulles Toll Road.

Virginia Bus Lines
The Metrobus 28 Line is under review. Riders who take the 28A and 28B buses between King Street Metro station and Tysons Corner Center may want to see what Metro's planners have in mind, when they hold public meetings this month.

The first will be held in English at 7 p.m. May 12 at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, 7134 Leesburg Pike. The second will be held in Spanish at 7 p.m. May 19, at Corpus Christi School, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., at Leesburg Pike. English and Spanish language interpreters will be available at both meetings.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 1, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Comments

Dr. G.

What do you think will be faster tonight if I am coming from Dupont Circle around 10pm and going to Glenmont. Stay on the red line the whole way? or get off at Gallery Place and transfer to the Green line, then transfer back to the red at Fort Totten?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | May 1, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: TerpsGirl, I apologize for missing your question yesterday afternoon. That's my time on deadline for the Sunday newspaper column, so I go dark on the blog for a while.

I would have switched to the Green at Gallery Place, then transferred back to the Red at Fort Totten. That would be my strategy all this weekend, unless I were arriving at Gallery Place when Caps fans were going to or coming from the Saturday afternoon game. In that case, I'd just stay on my train to avoid the crowded platforms.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | May 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The Race for Hope - DC 5K Run/Walk took place Sunday morning, but there was no advance warning either here on this blog or anywhere else (either online or on any signage). The race blocked off a significant portion of the downtown core and if I had known about it beforehand I would have taken an alternate route Sunday morning to get where I needed to go. I'm not anti-charity race, but these things really need to be better publicized in advance.

Posted by: georgejones5 | May 3, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ditto here. A friend came here (Maryland) from Virginia and told me that she was late due to a "marathon". At first I thought something else was happening (a protest?) and she must have misinterpreted it...but then I come onto this blog and discover that the run was planned in advance...

Posted by: stuckman | May 3, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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