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The Weekend and Beyond

This is a busy weekend, with better weather in the forecast. Here are some ideas about what's going on and how it will affect your travels. Plus, some things coming up.

Race For the Cure on Saturday
The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is a big annual event likely to result in morning congestion on downtown Washington streets near the Mall and in some Metro stations. Metrorail is opening two hours early, at 5 a.m. For a full list of the streets in the race route and the street closings, see this entry. See race map.

And here's a route map from The Post.

Metrorail Delays
Pay special attention to this if you are participating in the Race for the Cure and plan to take the Orange or Red lines.

Red Line riders should add 20 minutes to the usual trip between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue while Metro workers are continuing to replace a rail switch in the Brentwood Yard north of Union Station. That will affect service through the midnight closing on Sunday.

Orange Line riders should add at least a half hour to their travel time between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly while crews work on the elevated structure outside the station. That slows service between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Unifest in Anacostia
The annual street festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, but the street closings in the area begin earlier and end later: 11 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday. To see a full list of the street closings, use this link.

No Work on Canal Road
Some drivers may have seen message boards on Canal Road NW indicating there would be a weekend closure. That's not happening.

D.C. Scooter Rally
If you see a lot of Vespas out there on the roads this weekend, here's why. Enrique Fernandez Roberts of the District wrote in to let me know about Saturday's scooter rally, part of Scootergate4. "Basically," he wrote, "we're going from H Street NE through Downtown to Whitehurst, Chain Bridge to GW Parkway, which we'll follow all the way down to Mt. Vernon. We may shimmy back through Old Town on the return trip back up North, then via Memorial Bridge to Hains Point, and then through the city up to 955 V Street, for a grand opening party at Modern Classics, the new scooter store." There are more details here.

Wilson Bridge Trail Opening
Something new to enjoy on a weekend: The pathway along the north side of the Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open at 1 p.m. Saturday.

14th Street Bridge/Chain Bridge
At the start of the week, I thought our big traffic story would be congestion on the 14th Street Bridge. A year-long resurfacing project has begun on the northbound span, something very likely to slow drivers on that natural bottleneck even though four lanes are open during rush hours.

But the 14th Street bridge traffic was better than I expected. The most difficult point is the merge where drivers from the southbound George Washington Parkway mingle with drivers coming up Interstate 395.

Instead, the real jam came up the river at the Chain Bridge, where an eight-month rehabilitation project got underway. The closing of one of the bridge's three lanes severely slowed traffic on Arizona Avenue, Canal Road, Route 123, North Glebe Road and the George Washington Parkway.

To ease the congestion, the signal timing at Glebe Road and Route 123 on the Virginia side was adjusted, said John Lisle, a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Transportation. Also, he said, more signs have been positioned to make drivers aware of the bridge reconstruction before they commit to one route over another.

South Capitol Bridge Closing
The Douglass Bridge is scheduled to close from 4 a.m. to about 9 a.m. Sunday (June 7) for routine testing. This is an hour earlier than previous closings. The timing was changed to accommodate people driving to church services, the District Department of Transportation says.

ART Innovation
Arlington County's bus service is expanding. Starting Monday, the ART 77 will be there for riders between the Shirlington and Court House communities, operating every 30 minutes. The county says the north-south route will connect important service and employment centers for the first time. On June 29, the ART 87 will begin a route including the Pentagon Metro, Army Navy Drive and Shirlington, replacing the ART 82 and Metrobus 22B routes.

ART also is about to begin operating 12 higher-capacity buses powered by compressed natural gas, replacing its older vehicles.

Fairfax Connector Changes
In addition to the bus-service cutbacks scheduled to take effect June 28, the Fairfax Connector will raise the fare to $7 on three express routes that travel beyond the county boundaries. Those are routes 380, 595 and 597.

However, the county says, it is also expanding service on the western side of the county June 29. The new services will include eight routes operating at peak periods and three midday routes.

I-270 Paving
The project is on the northbound side of Interstate 270 between Muddy Branch Road and Middlebrook Road. There might be single or double lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2009; 10:43 AM ET
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