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The Weekend and Beyond

Nice weekend forecast from the Capital Weather Gang, so many people should be out and about. Sun should shine on the Navy 5 Miler in Arlington and on travelers to the Redskins home opener on Sunday. Here's a look at weekend activities that may affect your travels and some other upcoming issues.

FedEx on Sunday
See my earlier posting for details, but here are a few highlights about getting to and from Sunday's 1 p.m. Redskins game.

The Basics: There are three Beltway interchanges near the stadium in Landover: Central Avenue, Arena Drive and Landover Road. The Maryland State Highway Administration suggests Central Avenue as a less congested route to FedEx.

New This Season: Nearly 3,000 spaces have been added on stadium property. Parking attendants now will direct fans who want to tailgate in more than one space to the backs of lots. Fans who want only to park or to tailgate within their single space will be directed to the front of lots.

The Beltway in the Landover area will look different to some fans, because of the construction project designed to keep Arena Drive open full time, rather than just for special events. This meant building collector-distributor lanes on the Beltway north and south of Arena Drive. Through drivers who find themselves to the right of the solid white line in this area shouldn't swerve left. Just keep going straight, and you can remain on the Beltway.

Best Bet: Take the Blue Line to Morgan Boulevard Station and walk about nine-tenths of a mile north to the stadium.

Navy 5 Miler
It starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. Arlington County police say they will close these roads from 6 to 10 a.m.:

-- All access to Northbound Washington Boulevard from I-395 at Exit 8B will be closed.
-- Access to Washington Boulevard from the I-395 HOV ramp will be closed.
-- Southgate Road will be closed between South Joyce Street and South Oak Street.
-- Columbia Pike between South Joyce Street and the Pentagon will be closed.
-- There will be no access to Boundary Drive from southbound I-395.

Metrorail Delays
Add at least 20 minutes to your regular travel times this weekend if Metrorail trips take you through these areas:

Red Line: Between Medical Center and Grosvenor. Trains will share a track from 9:30 tonight (Friday) through the midnight closing on Sunday.

Orange Line: Between East Falls Church and Ballston. Trains will share a track from 9:30 tonight (Friday) to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Lane Closings on Southwest Freeway
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to close a lane on the Southwest Freeway (I-395) on Sunday to conduct a field survey in the roadway. The far right lane on the eastbound side, west of the Francis Case Memorial Bridge, will be closed from 8 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Sunday. Stay left to get by.

DDOT plans to do the same thing on the opposite side of I-395 on Sunday, Sept. 27, closing the right westbound lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

D.C. Festival Closings
Greater U Street Festival: V Street NW will be closed between 13th and 14th streets from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

H Street Festival: H Street NE will be closed between 10th and 14th streets from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

I-66 Ramp Closings
Beginning Sunday and continuing for three weeks, the ramp from westbound I-66 to westbound Route 50 -- that's exit 57 -- will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Workers are replacing the concrete pavement on the ramp. Signs will direct motorists onto the Fairfax County Parkway and back to Route 50.

Other I-66 Delays
Drivers also will encounter delays from nightly closings of the main lanes of I-66 at the ramp to Route 50. Two lanes westbound will be closed at 9 p.m. and a third lane will close at midnight Sundays through Thursdays. Traffic will be squeezed to the shoulder. All lanes are to reopen by 5 a.m. each morning during this three-week period.

New Rockville Pike Bridge
This is the weekend for the northbound traffic on Rockville Pike to be shifted from the detour at Montrose/Randolph Road onto the new bridge that is part of the interchange construction there. The switchover is scheduled to occur tonight into Saturday morning, so it would be best to avoid that area overnight. But by Monday morning, all commuters should find themselves on the new bridge.

I-95 Widening
During the next few weeks, there will be multiple lane closings at night on Interstate 95 in as the Virginia Department of Transportation adds the fourth lane in Fairfax and Prince William counties. I-95 is being widened for six miles from the Fairfax County Parkway to Route 123. The entire project is on schedule for completion in fall 2011. I'll post more specific details about the lane closings schedule on Monday morning.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 18, 2009; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail, FedEx Field, Redskins, Tysons, weekend delays  
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More single-tracking between Medical Center and Grosvenor? In the three years that I've been out here, it seems like they're always single-tracking between those two stations on the weekends (well, sometimes it's between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights). This was true even before the accident. I know they do a lot of the maintenance for the stations/tracks in the 'burbs on the weekends, but what is it about these stations that necessitates so much maintenance work?

Posted by: reggie14 | September 18, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

In my view, there are increasing, and too many, street and road closures for races.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 20, 2009 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Given the obesity epidemic (which is killing zillions more people than the terrorism boogeyman), I'm all for closing streets to encourage people to get out and *exercise*.

As an aside: kinda funny how we have the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles), the Army Ten-Miler, and the Navy Five-Miler. Can't wait for the Air Force One-Miler to complete this parade of service stereotypes.

Posted by: DupontJay | September 20, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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