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The Weekend and Beyond

The storms that have rolled through the Washington region have made a mess of road construction plans, but we'll start to dry out on Sunday, and there's still got lots going on.

Metrorail Delays
This weekend, the delays stemming from track maintenance projects are on the Orange and Red lines.

Orange Line: Add at least a half an hour to the regular time for a trip between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly while Metro workers replace rails and cross ties, outside and do bridge maintenance outside the Minnesota Avenue Station. Trains will share a single track around the work zones from 10 o'clock tonight (Friday) to the midnight closing time on Sunday.

Red Line: Add at least 20 minutes to a weekend trip between Glenmont and Forest Glen while workers replace communication cables. Trains will share a single track around the work zone from 11 o'clock tonight (Friday) to midnight 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Capitals Play Saturday
The playoff game at Verizon Center starts at 7 p.m. That means auto and pedestrians crowds on the streets of Chinatown and in the Gallery Place Metro station below Verizon, where the Red, Green and Yellow line trains stop. (The Nationals are out of town this weekend.)

Arlington Race
The Pacers Running Festival is Sunday morning. The course goes through various neighborhoods in Arlington County. The Half Marathon (8 a.m.) and 5K (8:30 a.m.) will start in Clarendon at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Highland Street. All events will finish on Kent Street in Rosslyn near Freedom Park. Here's a link to a route map.

Wilson Bridge
The Capital Beltway lane closings at the Telegraph Road interchange that had been scheduled for tonight (Friday) have been cancelled because the weather forecast says storms are possible. The Wilson Bridge Project has been trying to erect steel girders across the Beltway, but the effort has been slowed by the recent storms.

However, the overnight lane closings are scheduled to resume Sunday night and continue through Thursday night. These multiple lane closures, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, are likely to cause extensive traffic backups.

There is a bridge opening is scheduled for 8.45 a.m. on Sunday.

I-270 Paving
All lanes of the Interstate between Muddy Branch Road and Middlebrook Road will be resurfaced, starting with the northbound side and switching to the southbound side at mid-summer. Mondays through Fridays, watch for single and double lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Paving Way to Ocean City
From this Sunday evening till the end of June, Maryland's State Highway Administration will be resurfacing 10 miles of Route 90, the Ocean City Expressway. All the lanes of Route 50 will be open during the Route 90 paving project, and none of this work will be done over Memorial Day weekend.

The schedule calls for resurfacing work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. During that time, Route 90 will be shut in both directions from Route 50 to east of Route 589 (Race Track Road).

Damascus Road/Georgia Avenue
One more: Next week, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to start an intersection improvement project, to be completed by the early fall. Southbound Damascus Road will be widened for a bit less than a quarter mile approaching Georgia Avenue to create a left-turn-only lane. As the construction gets underway, drivers should watch for single lane closings on Damascus Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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. Tuesday 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.

Camden Line Track Work
From this coming Monday through May 28, MARC trains 844 and 851 will not operate Monday through Thursday while CSX does track work. Those trains will operate Fridays only during the three weeks. MARC recommends using Train 849 (7:20 a.m. from Camden) which will make all stops. Otherwise, you might head over to the Penn Line, or take an MTA commuter bus. Routes 915 or 929 operate from Columbia to downtown Washington, but note that the buses don't accept MARC tickets.

Bike to Work Day
It's next Friday, May 15. From across the Washington region, cyclists will gather early in the morning to form convoys for the trip downtown. The annual event ends with a rally at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 8, 2009; 11:58 AM ET
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There have been a bunch of these questions in recent weeks so I will add one more. Is there a reason metro trains have been slowing between Medical Center and Bethesda metro stations? Everyday this week my Glenmont bound train has crawled through this area.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | May 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: TerpsGirl, You are an astute observer. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel confirms there's a slowdown in that area.

He says there's a section of third rail -- the power rail -- that needs to be replaced because of a slight deviation. Until that work can be taken care of, there's a speed restriction between Medical Center and Bethesda.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | May 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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