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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some tips for your weekend travels and suggestions about the future.

Andrews Air Show
The annual event at the air base in Prince George's County is this weekend. You can't park at Andrews. Shuttle buses will run from FedEx Field parking lots and the Branch Avenue Metro station at the southern end of the Green Line. The closest Metro station to FedEx is Morgan Boulevard on the Blue Line.

Metrorail Delays
The Orange Line is scheduled to be under repair this weekend. If you plan to travel between Vienna and West Falls Church, add at least a half hour to the normal trip time. Workers will be out replacing crossties on the tracks. Trains will share a track around the work zone until midnight Sunday, when the rail system closes.

Every other Orange Line train in the direction of Vienna will end its run at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton, to maintain service in the central part of the system.

Weekend Paving on 295
You'll probably encounter big traffic backups this weekend on 295 at Burroughs Avenue NE. The District plans to replace the bridge deck there, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The paving involved should be done by 5 a.m. Monday, the District Department of Transportation says. But in the meantime, traffic will be limited to two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound. The on and off ramps will be open.

DDOT suggests these alternatives through that area: I-395 to Route 50 East (New York Avenue), the Whitney Young Memorial (East Capitol Street) Bridge or the John Philip Sousa (Pennsylvania Avenue) Bridge.

Benning Road Paving
DDOT is paving the center lane on the eastbound side between 16th and 21st streets. It started Thursday and plans to continue Monday. Eastbound traffic on Benning will be down to one lane from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The eastbound curb lane will be open all the time, and and the Metrobus stops there will not be affected. On the westbound side, you'll have two lanes

VRE Allowing Bikes On Board
VRE now is allowing people to bring their full-size bikes on some trains: the last three northbound morning trains, the mid-day train, and the last three southbound trains in the evening on both the Fredericksburg and Manassas lines. (Folding bikes were already okay.) The rail cars have storage space for bikes.

Douglass Bridge Opening
The District routinely tests out the swing span on the South Capitol Street bridge over the Anacostia River, and this Sunday, May 17, is the day. The span will be closed to traffic from 5 am. to about 10 a.m.

14th Street Bridge Project
Update: Resurfacing work on the northbound stretch of the 14th Street Bridge will begin "on or about" the night of Tuesday, May 26, instead of May 18, the District Department of Transportation says. That means no lane closures until after Memorial Day weekend.

The speed limit on northbound I-395 approaching the bridge will be reduced to 35 mph from 55 mph.

Check back with us for updates, but consider whether you have alternatives to using the 14th Street Bridge. There will be lane closures at off-peak hours so it's possible you could encounter congestion -- I mean extra congestion -- at any time on what already is one of the region's notorious chokepoints. See our Commuter page map outlining the lane closures.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 15, 2009; 11:11 AM ET
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For what it's worth, WTOP reports (and a portable message sign on I-66 also advised) that the 14th Street Bridge work has been postponed to start on May 26, the day after Memorial Day.

Posted by: 1995hoo | May 15, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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