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The Weekend and Beyond

Though it's mid-August, the weekend and the week ahead are busy with transportation developments. Here are some highlights that could affect your travels.

Sports Congestion Saturday
The Redskins, Nationals and D.C. United are all playing games on Saturday night. The Redskins pre-season game at FedEx Field starts at 7:30 p.m. That means congestion on the Beltway, Largo-Landover Road, Central Avenue and the roads immediately around the stadium. Here's a map of the roads and the parking areas. Fans also can take Metrorail to the Morgan Boulevard Station on the Blue Line and walk up about a mile on a sidewalk to the stadium.

D.C. United's game against LA Galaxy starts at 7:30 at RFK Stadium. That will mean congestion along 295 and on the nearby streets in the Kingman Park neighborhood. Here's a guide to transportation and parking. Stadium-Armory, on the Blue and Orange lines, is the closest Metrorail station. (The outbound Blue Line trains could be congested because this also is a route to FedEx Field.)

The game at Nationals Park starts at 7:05 p.m. That usually means congestion around South Capitol and M streets, and along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and I-295. Here's a transportation guide. The nearest Metro station is Navy Yard, on the Green Line.

Red Line Disruption
No Red Line train service to Fort Totten this weekend. The Red Line will operate between Shady Grove and Brookland and between Glenmont and Takoma from 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, to the midnight closing on Sunday, Aug. 23. Free shuttle buses will take Red Line riders between Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma stations. The Green Line at Fort Totten will not be affected. Metro crews are replacing the track circuits between Takoma and Fort Totten, where the June 22 train crash occurred.

Weekend Metrorail Maintenance
This is the normal stuff for a weekend. There's maintenance work on the western side of the Red Line and on the Blue and Orange lines between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. This is the breakdown:

Red Line riders between Medical Center and Friendship Heights should add at least half an hour to normal travel times while trains share a single track around work areas from 10 o'clock tonight (Friday) to the midnight closing on Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., every other Red Line train toward Shady Grove will end its run at Friendship Heights and head back toward Glenmont. Throughout the weekend, all Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Medical Center.

Blue and Orange Line riders between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory should add at least a half hour to normal travel times from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. (Note those Saturday hours if you're taking Metrorail to RFK Stadium or FedEx Field.)

Eisenhower Connector Coming Back
By Monday morning, the outer loop configuration of three through lanes should be restored, and the ramps to and from the Eisenhower Avenue Connector on the outer loop side should be reopened.

The work to accomplish this is scheduled to start at 10 o'clock tonight (Friday) and end by 5 a.m. Monday. This is the schedule for the two phases of weekend work:

At 10 p.m., outer loop lanes in the Connector area will be narrowed down to one, and it will stay that way overnight to prepare the lanes for reopening by noon Saturday.

Construction crews will work through the weekend to restore service to and from the Connector. The outer loop ramps to and from the Connector should reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. The biker-walker path between Clermont Drive and Eisenhower Avenue also will reopen by this time.

Metro Sales Office Closing
Metro is closing the sales office at the Western Bus Garage in Northwest Washington this Sunday. Not too many people were using it to buy fares, and there now are retail outlets nearby that sell cards, Metro says. Here are some choices:

-- TRiPS Commuter Store, 17 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase
-- Giant Food, 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW
-- Safeway, 4203 Davenport St. NW
-- SuperFresh, 4330 48th St. NW

Road Detour in Vienna
Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Lawyers Road will be closed to traffic between Garrett Street and Gunnell Farms Drive for repairs to a pipe under the road. The work should be done by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

These detours are likely to add about five minutes to travel times:
-- Eastbound: Right on Garrett Street, left on Trott Avenue, left on Malcolm Road/Vale Road back to Lawyers Road.
-- Westbound: Left on Vale Road/Malcolm Road, right on Trott Avenue, right on Garrett Road back to Lawyers Road.

I-95 Lane Closings
Watch for a new traffic pattern developing between the Route 198 interchange (exit 33) and the Route 212 interchange (exit 29), where the construction for the Intercounty Connector meets up with Interstate 95. The lanes are being shifted to the left on both sides of Interstate 95 so that new collector-distributor roads can be built along the right sides.

Overnight Monday, the southbound through lanes are scheduled to shift toward the median. The new alignment will remain in place until July 2011.

From Tuesday through Sept. 29, there will be nightly lane closures on I-95 northbound from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. and southbound from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for re-striping and installation of temporary concrete barriers.

Georgetown Bridge Closing
On Monday, the District Department of Transportation plans to close the 30th Street Bridge over the C&O Canal between M and K Streets NW in Georgetown. This is part of a restoration and rebuilding project that eventually will involve three bridges in that area.

The 30th Street Bridge will be closed to all through traffic, including pedestrians, until July 2010. The street still will be open to two-way traffic between the work zone and M Street and between the work zone and K Street. Space will be designated for turnarounds. Thomas Jefferson Street and 29th Street are the nearby detour routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 21, 2009; 9:46 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Beltway, D.C. United, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Nationals, Redskins, weekend delays  
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I wish I didn't have to use the redl ine on weekends! what a pain in the ...

Posted by: Max231 | August 21, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

RE: 30th Street Bridge closure in Georgetown.

Will it be possible for those on the towpath to cross over 30th Street?

Posted by: olita_the_otter | August 22, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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