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The Weekend and Beyond

Looks like a rainy, cool, weekend, but the big event -- Bike DC -- is scheduled for Saturday morning, rain or shine. Meanwhile, we're over the hump on Metro weekend delays for this month.

Bike DC
A great day for bicyclists, but for motorists, not so much. Riders will be following two courses through Arlington and the District on Saturday morning. A 25 mile course, called The Capital Ride, starts at 8 a.m. A 12-mile route, called The Family Ride, starts at 9 a.m. See maps and other details of those two routes.

There will be some street closings in Arlington and the District, notably the Key Bridge, George Washington Parkway and Whitehurst Freeway. The streets covered by the rides will be closed from 7:30 a.m. till noon, except Crystal Drive between 20th and 23rd streets in Arlington, which will reopen at 2 p.m.

Detours will affect travel on Metrobus and MetroAccess service Saturday morning, so build in extra time for trips, or if necessary reschedule for the mid-afternoon, or take Metrorail.

These are the bus routes affected: 5A, 7A, 7F, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, 16B, 16G, 16J, 16K, 23A, 32, 34, 36, 38B, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, A42, A46, A48, D6, L2, N6, P6, S2, S4 and V8.

Metrorail Delays
After the major delays of Columbus Day weekend, you deserve a break: There's no weekend track work scheduled.

New Pattern on Route 28
Watch for lane closings and flagger operations at the Route 28/Frying Pan Road interchange east of Dulles Airport after the morning rush today as crews redirect traffic for the partial opening of the interchange.

Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 28 will then reach eastbound Frying Pan Road by new ramps. Westbound Frying Pan Road traffic will continue to use the annoying traffic signal to reach both directions of Route 28. The whole thing is scheduled to be done later this fall.

9th Street Bridge Reopens
Good news for a lot of federal workers. The bridge in the L'Enfant Plaza area reopened to traffic on Wednesday after a year-long reconstruction. I noticed a report of this on the Southwest Quadrant blog and John Lisle, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, confirmed it.

He said one ramp will be closed for approximately 20 more days. It's the ramp from the 9th Street Tunnel to the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

Crowding Around Verizon Center
AC/DC is doing a concert at Verizon at 8 o'clock tonight (Friday), so expect extra congestion on the nearby streets, including H, 6th, 7th, and 9th streets NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Also, there's likely to be extra extra crowding before and after the show at the Gallery Place Metro station, beneath Verizon.

Beltway Speed Limit Restored
The reconstruction of the Telegraph Road Interchange will continue until at least 2012, but managers of the project say the effect on the Beltway itself will lessen in severity. So they have decided to restore the 55 mph maximum speed limit along the eight miles covered by the Wilson Bridge project. It had been cut to 50 mph in 2005 as a safety measure.

In the Telegraph Road area, the project managers still will be using the Variable Speed Limit system. The electronic signs display the current speed limit, which is based on traffic conditions ahead. It will be lowered from 55 if there's traffic congestion in your immediate future.

Columbia Pike Work
Crews will be working on utility lines along Columbia Pike near Quinn Street in Arlington over the next two weeks. There will be intermittent lane closings between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. No more than one lane in each direction will be closed at a given time.

Beltway Closing Next Week
The Capital Beltway's inner loop will be closed overnight on Monday and Tuesday about a quarter mile before and after Gallows Road (Exit 51). Meanwhile, the three left lanes on the outer loop will be closed during the same hours.

Workers will be lifting steel beams into place for a new bridge at Gallows Road. This is part of the HOT lanes project.

The inner loop lane closings will start at 9:30 p.m. each night. All lanes will shut from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: From the inner loop, up the Gallows Road exit ramp through the traffic signal at the top of the ramp and back to the Beltway.

Toll Road Lane Closings
The Dulles Rail construction project is closing lanes in both directions on the Dulles Toll Road at off-peak daytime hours. Look for this activity from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, through next Friday:

-- The eastbound left lane will be closed from about two-thirds of a mile west of Wiehle Avenue to Wiehle Avenue.
-- The eastbound right lane will be closed from about a half mile east of Wiehle Avenue to just west of the W&OD Trail crossing.
-- The eastbound right lane will be closed for 200 feet just west of Hunter Mill Road.
-- The westbound right lane will be closed for about 200 feet east of the W&OD Trail bridge crossing between Hunter Mill Road and Wiehle Avenue.

OC Bridge Closed
The Route 90 bridge into Ocean City is closed until mid-December for repair. That's the more northerly route. During the closing, drivers will be directed to Route 50 and the Harry Kelly Bridge into lower Ocean City.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 16, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Weekend and Beyond  
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"A great day for bicyclists, but for motorists, not so much". Thanks for the support, Dr. Gridlock.

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | October 16, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"A great day for bicyclists, but for motorists, not so much."

Those two groups are hardly disjoint. Thanks for your get-off-the-road attitude, we cyclists really need more of that.

Posted by: poGhoh3K | October 17, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I was glad that it's raining today -- fewer obnoxious cyclists to deal with as they hog the entire lane just to stick it to the cars behind them.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 17, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What was going on in the city this morning? I just tried to drive from Arlington to drop off someone at Union Station, but Constitution was blocked by police, 20th St was blocked by police--everything was blocked off!

Definitely many more roads were blocked than the ones mentioned above for the Bike thing. I had to turn around and go back to VA, while my friend got out of the car and ran to the Metro.

I also witnessed an accident on G St. between 21st and 22nd in the process.

Whose idea was it to block off the entire downtown????

Posted by: Magnesium | October 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if bicyclists followed the rules of the road and were not so fing pretentious those of us in motor vehicles would be a little more tolerant. Or maybe if your IQs were three the number of teeth in largest gear things might be better.

And to think you shaved your legs for a soggy ride. Hope you all got road rash!

Suck diesel fumes!

Posted by: vaherder | October 17, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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