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The Weekend and Beyond

Let's see, what should you avoid this weekend? I figure it's the Red Line for transit users and Kenilworth Avenue for drivers, but see what you think, because there are more choices. Here's my weekly list of travel tips.

Red Line Disruption
Saturday is the day that federal investigators will be out in the Red Line crash zone testing the sight lines. Rail service will suspended between Silver Spring and Fort Totten until 7 p.m. Trains will turn back at Silver Spring and Fort Totten. Free shuttle buses will connect Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten. The shuttle takes about 40 minutes to make the entire trip. Even if you're not riding the Red Line on the eastern side, where the disruption is, figure on at least a half hour longer trip than normal.

Other Metrorail Delays
The regular track maintenance schedule for this weekend includes work on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines. (Only the Green Line is spared.) Trains will take turns on a single track to get around the work zones. This will add at least a half hour to the regular travel times. On weekends, don't use Metro's Trip Planner to calculate a trip on a line where there's track maintenance. It won't give you the right trip time. For the full details on the track work along the various lines, use this link.

Kenilworth Avenue
The District Department of Transportation says crews will again be at work on a new section of bridge deck on the northbound side of Kenilworth Avenue (295) over Burroughs Avenue NE.

This will close two northbound lanes from 8 o'clock tonight, Friday, through noon on Saturday.

One left lane will be available for through traffic. Or, you can use the Burroughs Avenue exit then merge back onto Kenilworth after crossing through the Burroughs Avenue intersection.

Either way, expect delays northbound. Consider these alternatives for getting through DC to the Beltway: I-395 to Route 50 East (New York Avenue), Whitney Young Bridge to East Capitol Street to Central Avenue, Sousa Bridge to Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

12th Street Tunnel Ramp
The District again will temporarily close the eastbound ramp to the 12th Street Tunnel from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 19. Traffic coming up from Virginia across the 14th Street Bridge will need to take an alternate route to reach downtown Washington. That could be up 14th Street or the L'Enfant Plaza exit to D Street SW, following the detour signs to 7th Street.

New Beltway Pattern
Capital Beltway drivers who struggle with the squeeze down to three lanes near the Telegraph Road interchange on the outer loop now have a new construction issue to deal with.

To allow room for replacement of a bridge deck, the outer loop ramps two and from the Eisenhower Connector have been converted into a third outer loop travel lane.

So two left lanes go through as usual, but drivers on the right will be using these ramps to get through. They should slow down to about 35 mph for that experience. The configuration will remain this way through September. For the rest of the summer, drivers won't be able to turn onto the Eisenhower Connector or stop on those ramps.

Guardrails on BW Parkway

The National Park Service plans to begin installing median barriers at six spots along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway this coming week. The locations are between Riverdale Road and Route 32. The project, scheduled to get underway Wednesday night, July 22, will continue into October.

All lanes will be open during rush hours. But look for northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and southbound closings from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also look for temporary lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 17, 2009; 9:28 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Kenilworth Avenue, Metrorail, Red Line crash, weekend delays  
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Does this mean Takoma *won't* be closed tonight? I had assumed that it would be, but the Metro website only says it'll be closed tomorrow.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | July 17, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Why is Metro running jammed 6 car trains on the weekends and not 8 car trains?
Is it that hard to move the equipment around or are they just tone deaf?

Posted by: sauerbach | July 19, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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