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The Weekend and Beyond

Tell me if I missed anything major that could affect local travel in the days ahead. My goal is to account for the events and construction projects most likely to affect how you get around the Washington area.

Saturday AIDS Walk
The annual AIDS Walk Washington begins with a rally at 8:15 a.m. at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW), followed by a 5K run at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:15 a.m. Street closings along Pennsylvania Avenue and south on Third Street NW begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be lifted as the walkers pass. (See our map.) The closest Metro stations are Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines and and Metro Center on the Blue, Orange and Red lines.

Army Ten Miler on Sunday
From 7:30 to about noon Sunday, traffic in Arlington and downtown D.C. will be disrupted by the 25th annual Army Ten-Miler. The racers start on Washington Boulevard (Route 27) in Arlington then cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Then they follow this course to get back to Arlington.

They go around Lincoln Circle to Henry Bacon Drive, east on Constitution Avenue NW, north on 19th Street NW, west on Virginia Avenue NW, south on Rock Creek Parkway NW to Ohio Drive SW, east on Independence Avenue SW, north on 3rd Street SW, east on Constitution Avenue NW, south on 1st Street NW, across Peace Circle and Garfield Circle, west on Independence Avenue SW, south on 14th Street NW to I- 395's northbound HOV lane, to the Eads Street exit Ramp, ending at South Eads Street and Rotary Road (Pentagon South Parking Lot).

Intermittent street closings along that route are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. and continue till about noon.

In addition, Arlington County police put out this schedule of closings:
-- Washington Boulevard (Route 27) between I-395 and Memorial Bridge will be closed in both directions at 5:30 a.m.
-- Columbia Pike east of South Joyce Street will be closed at 5:30 a.m.
-- I-395 HOV southbound lanes will be closed at 5:30 a.m.
-- South Eads Street from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/Northbound I-395 HOV lanes will be closed at 4:30 a.m.

Those roads should all be reopened by noon. Access to the Pentagon Reservation will be restricted to authorized vehicles from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pentagon employees must park at the North Parking Lots, using the Boundary Channel Drive access points.

Metro: Pentagon and Pentagon City on the Blue and Yellow lines are the nearest Metrorail stops. Metrorail is opening an hour early at 6 a.m. Sunday. Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated temporarily to Pentagon City until Arlington County roads reopen. The Pentagon Metrorail station will remain open the entire time.

HOV Lanes: The I-95/395 HOV lanes will remain open to all motorists southbound from 6 o'clock tonight (Friday) till 1 p.m. Sunday. The lanes will close to all traffic at 1 p.m. and reopen northbound to all at 3 p.m. The lanes would normally be open southbound until 2 p.m. Saturdays and reopen northbound at 4 p.m.

Metro Weekend Delays
Red Line riders traveling between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 9:30 tonight (Friday) to the midnight closing on Sunday.
Orange Line riders between Cheverly and Stadium-Armory should add at least half an hour to their travel time during the same hours and days. In both cases, trains will be sharing the same track to make room for maintenance workers.

Redskins at FedEx Field
The football game starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Landover. See our guide to avoiding gridiron gridlock.

Weeknight Metro Delays
To prepare for the big switch replacement project on the Green and Yellow lines at L'Enfant Plaza over the Columbus Day Weekend, the transit authority has scheduled some late-night preparatory work from Sunday through Thursday, starting each night at 9:30 and continuing through the train system's midnight closing.

During those hours, Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square. Yellow Line trains will share one track between the Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square.

Columbus Day Weekend
So many people didn't get the work about the Labor Day weekend maintenance that disrupted train service that I want to keep reminding you about the upcoming Columbus Day weekend project.

Starting next Friday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 p.m., and continuing through Monday, Oct. 12, the Waterfront and Archives stations will be closed. Also, there will be no service on the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza. The Yellow Line will reroute and follow the Blue Line route between Pentagon and Stadium-Armory, with a stop at L'Enfant Plaza on the lower level. Shuttle buses will be available. Read more details in this posting.

Bike Station Opens
The new bicycle center for daily storage and maintenance opens today (Friday) in the steel and glass building on the west side of Union Station.

Maryland Work Zone Cameras
The new state law that allows speed enforcement cameras in Maryland highway work zones is now in effect. You'll get your picture taken if you're going at least 12 mph over the speed limit, but for the first month or so, only warning notices will be sent. After the get-acquainted period, the registered vehicle owner will get a $40 fine in the mail.

These are the initial zones where cameras are being placed:
-- I-95 between Routes 198 and 216.
-- I-695 at Charles Street in Baltimore County
-- I-95 between I-895 and White Marsh Boulevard in Baltimore County.

New Roundabout in Loudoun
Virginia has opened the last of the four new traffic circles it hopes will make trips along Routes 50 and 15 safer and quicker. With the new one at the junction of 50 and 15 in Gilbert's Corner, where there used to be a signalized intersection, there now are roundabouts at Gilbert's Corner, Route 50 and Watson Road, and either end of Howsers Branch Drive. The direct link Howsers Branch creates between Routes 50 and 15 allows northbound Route 15 and westbound Route 50 traffic to bypass Gilbert's Corner.

That's crucial. It should reduce the number of vehicles going through the 50/15 junction by about one-third, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. In that area, Route 50 carries about 15,000 vehicles a day and there are about 11,000 a day on Route 15.

Va. Beltway Exit Reopening
The outer loop ramp onto Route 123 northbound that has been closed since mid-August is scheduled to reopen Monday morning, on schedule. This will end the detour that had been taking Beltway drivers off to the left-side exit to I-66. The closing was part of the HOT Lanes project in Tysons. Crews were working on bridge piers for the new HOT Lanes access from Westpark Drive to the Beltway.

Md. Beltway Paving
Resurfacing of the main travel lanes on the Capital Beltway between the Legion Bridge and I-270 should be done by the end of this coming week, weather permitting. Work on the ramps and the collector/distributor lanes will be done after the paving of the main lanes is done. The whole job should be done by mid-November, but if the weather turns bad, some of it could be left over till the spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Driving , Events , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: AIDS Walk Washington, Army Ten Miler, Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays  
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