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The Weekend and Beyond

The traffic highlight of the weekend is likely to be the first item, but note also the delays on three Metrorail lines.

Triathlon Sunday in DC
The Dextro Energy Triathlon on Sunday will close many streets to traffic and parking around the National Mall from as early as 8 o'clock tonight (Friday) to as late as 3 a.m. Monday. Traffic delays are likely. And be sure to watch out for "Emergency No Parking" signs if you're heading to the Mall area this weekend. Events start at 9:10 a.m. Sunday. See a map of the route here. Look here for DC list of street closings.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
These are the delays caused by track maintenance this weekend.
Orange Line: Between East Falls Church and West Falls Church, add at least 20 minutes to normal travel times from 10 o'clock tonight (Friday) through the midnight closing on Sunday.

Blue and Yellow Line: Between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street on the Blue Line and between Braddock Road and Huntington on the Yellow Line, add at least a half hour to normal travel times from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All Yellow Line trains will operate every 12 to 14 minutes during the day between Huntington and Greenbelt. Blue Line trains will operate every 12 to 15 minutes in two sections throughout the day: The Blue Line will operate between Franconia-Springfield and King Street and also between Reagan National Airport and Largo. The trains will not go to Braddock Road Station.

If you normally would park at Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street, Metro suggests going to Huntington Station instead to avoid delays.

14th Street Bridge
DDOT reports: Single lane closure on southbound span weekdays from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through July 17 for bridge deck repair work. We've been focusing on the resurfacing work underway on the northbound span, because that will have the most impact on drivers over the next year. But the southbound side also gets some work. (Nothing on the HOV lanes.)

Redland Shift
This is the first of two changes that are part of the Intercounty Connector construction program. Between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, workers will shift lanes along Redland Road, south of Muncaster Mill Road, into their permanent alignment over the connector. About 150 feet south of the bridge over the connector, lanes will narrow and shift slightly west. In this area, the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church parking lot and the remainder of Redland Road will be rebuilt.

Interstate 370 Shift
This is the second move related to the Intercounty Connector construction. At 5 a.m. Saturday, workers will begin to shift lanes along I-370 near Shady Grove Road. The realignment should be done by late Saturday evening. This temporary movement of more than 3,000 feet of I-370 will allow for continued construction of a connector bridge.

The new speed limit in the area will be 40 mph. David Buck, spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said the shift will be in place through late winter. Motorists will still have the same number of through lanes, and should not notice a major impact, he said. This portion of the connector is almost half done, and should open by
fall 2010.

Nebraska Avenue Reconstruction
The District Department of Transportation is going to reconstruct Nebraska Avenue NW between Utah and Oregon avenues starting Monday. This neighborhood is just west of Rock Creek Park.

The work, which should be done by Sept. 1, will include removal and replacement of the roadway, installation of permanent lane markings and new signs. DDOT will temporarily convert that section of Nebraska to one-way traffic eastbound, toward the park, during the initial phase. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Western Avenue and then south on Utah Avenue to reach Nebraska. Follow the variable message boards. No curbside parking on Nebraska in the work zone.

Arena Drive Interchange
The State Highway Administration is resurfacing two miles of the Capital Beltway's inner loop between Landover Road and Arena Drive. The job should take about several more weeks. If you're traveling overnight, watch for single lane and double lane closings on the inner loop between 9 p.m. and midnight and triple lane closings between midnight and 5 a.m. Sundays through Fridays. Since that leaves just one lane open for drivers in the very early morning, they might consider using Routes 193 or 301 to the east of the Beltway or Interstate 295 to the west to work their way around the bottleneck. The project to open up the Arena Drive ramps for full-time use should be done late this fall.

12th Street Ramp
6:15 p.m. Update: The District has called off plans to temporarily close the eastbound ramp to the 12th Street Tunnel for construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (June 20). The ramp will be open this weekend.

Chain Bridge Frustration
Arlington County has fixed the traffic camera that provides useful views of Chain Bridge from the Virginia side. But drivers are curious, to put it mildly: Where did the construction work go? Since the barriers were installed to block off one of the three lanes for eight months, they've seen little work done on a rehab project we'd all like to hope would be completed as soon as possible.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 19, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Arena Drive, Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector, Metrorail, Triathlon closures, delays  
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