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Many streets to close for Sunday marathon

The annual Marine Corps Marathon is this Sunday. Anytime we have an athletic event on a Saturday, I hear from plenty of drivers about the traffic disruptions. That was the case with last Saturday's Bike DC event. But the Sunday ones, like the Marine marathon seem much easier for people to handle.

Still, many important streets and roadways will be blocked from 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and congestion is likely to ripple out from the marathon area. Police reserve the right to expand the list as needed. The run starts at 8 a.m. in Arlington, crosses into the District, then returns to Arlington.

Metrorail is going to open two hours early, at 5 a.m. on Sunday. Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. So if you normally travel to the Pentagon Metrorail station and transfer to a Metrobus, you will need to ride to the Pentagon City Station on the Blue or Yellow lines to catch their bus.

These are the Metrobus routes that will be affected by marathon detours: 32, 34, 36, 52, 54, 64, 70, D6, P6, V8, 3A, 3E, 4B, 5A, 7A, 9A, 10A, 13F, 13G, 16B, 16P, 23A, 25A and 38B.

One thing I noticed last year: At the stations used by participants and spectators, the lines for fare cards are huge, and very slow moving. Have a fully loaded fare card, or a SmarTrip card ahead of time. And even with that, be patient. Many out of towners will be absolutely baffled about how to use their cards in the fare gates.

Here's the list of closings just put out by the District Department of Transportation:

-- Francis Scott Key Bridge
-- Canal Road from M Street to Reservoir Road
-- Reservoir Road from MacArthur Boulevard to Canal Road
-- MacArthur Boulevard from Foxhall Road to Reservoir Road
-- Foxhall Road from Canal Road to MacArthur Boulevard
-- M Street from Canal Road to Wisconsin Avenue
-- Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to K Street
-- K Street from Wisconsin Avenue to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
-- Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway from K Street to Independence Avenue
-- Memorial Bridge
-- West Potomac Park
-- East Potomac Park (People still can reach the Golf Course and Tennis Courts.)
-- Maine Avenue from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue
-- Independence Avenue from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive
-- Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue and Lincoln Circle
-- Lincoln Circle from Ohio Drive to Henry Bacon Drive
-- 23rd Street from Lincoln Circle to Constitution Avenue
-- Constitution Avenue from Henry Bacon Drive to 15th Street
-- 15th Street from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue
-- 17th Street from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue
-- Madison Drive from 15th Street to 3rd Street
-- 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Ave to Maryland Avenue
-- Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to East Capitol Circle
-- 1st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Maryland Avenue
-- Maryland Avenue from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street
-- Jefferson Drive from 3rd Street to 15th Street
-- 14th Street from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
-- HOV lanes from 14th Street to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

By Robert Thomson  |  October 20, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Marine Corps Marathon  
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Help, Dr. Gridlock! I have studied the road closures and I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to get from Clarendon to Ft. Dupont Park in SE, arriving at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday. Will I be able to take Rt. 27 to the 14th St. Bridge (looks like NB is open)? Or should I just take the Wilson Bridge - and if so, how will I get there from Clarendon? Thanks for any help you or other readers can give!

Posted by: AUniqueMyPostID | October 20, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Arlington police say that eastbound Washington Boulevard (Route 27) is going to be closed at I-395 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. But 395 and the 14th Street Bridge northbound will be open. So I'm thinking, how about using Glebe Road (Route 120) southbound to reach I-395 northbound in the morning?

But I also would like to hear from others. I'll do an updated blog post about street closings and transit information.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | October 21, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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