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The Week Ahead For Traffic, Transit

I'm going to start with the U2 concert at FedEx on Tuesday night at the newsmaker for traffic this week, but there's plenty of activity all across the region.

U2 May Be Stuck in Traffic
If you notice extra heavy traffic heading home on the Beltway, Landover Road or Central Avenue on Tuesday night, blame the band. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at FedEx Field in Landover.

The concerts draw thousands of people who are unfamiliar with the roads and parking around the football stadium. Concert-goers, check the map and other advice we offered on our Commuter page before the Redskins home opener this month.

The Arena Drive exit from the Capital Beltway is now open full time. But Maryland highway officials say the Route 214 exit (Central Avenue) tends to be less crowded than other exits.

Best Bet: Take Metrorail to and from the Morgan Boulevard Station on the Blue Line. The station is a little less than a mile south of the stadium. Normally, the last train out of there would leave at 11:25 p.m. on a week night, but Metro is going to keep the station open till 1 a.m. to help the post-concert crowd.

Riders will be able to transfer from those extra Blue Line trains to the other lines, but Morgan Boulevard will be the only station admitting passengers after the regular midnight closing time.

Beltway Closing in Tysons
This is likely to cause major delays: The outer loop of the Capital Beltway will close at I-66 Monday through Thursday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. Traffic will detour to westbound I-66, then loop around and come back to the Beltway. The ramp from westbound I-66 to the outer loop also will close. Here's a map showing the detour.

Dulles Rail
Traffic will be delayed during the day in Tysons Corner along the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267), the Dulles International Airport Access Road, Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) for utility relocations that are part of the Metrorail extension.

I-95 Overnight Closings for Connector
The Maryland State Highway Administration will temporarily close all lanes of I-95 between Route 198 and Route 212 for 15-minute intervals overnight. The closings will repeat periodically through the spring as the state builds three bridges over I-95 for the Intercounty Connector.

Less Parking at Franconia-Springfield
Starting Thursday, there will be several hundred fewer parking spaces at the station, because Metro is beginning a rehabilitation project scheduled to last 18 to 20 months.

Park for free in the Macy's parking area at the Springfield Mall, at the Backlick Park and Ride, or at the Gambrill Park and Ride. Ride the Fairfax Connector to Metro stations.

Starting today, the Fairfax Connector has made a route change on Route 380 designed to help commuters during the disruption.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2009; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail, Fairfax Connector, FedEx Field, Metrorail, Tysons, U2  
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"U2 May Be Stuck in Traffic"

LOL! Great headline!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 28, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Fantastic headline!
A typical Monday Night Football game at FedEx brings us backups around the inner loop from Gallows Road clear thru to Arena Drive. Should a sold out U2 concert an hour earlier than a typical game be worse, better???

Posted by: vtavgjoe | September 28, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Bear in mind that U2 have an opening act, meaning that the part of the show most of us actually care about won't start until a bit later. (The opening act have to perform and then their drum kit and other equipment have to be removed from the stage before U2 come on.)

Word from attendees of prior shows on this tour is that U2 typically take the stage between 8:30 and 9:00, so don't panic if you're not there by 7:00!

Posted by: 1995hoo | September 28, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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