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The weekend and beyond

The big event of the weekend is the Sunday marathon, but you'll also want to know about Metro maintenance delays and upcoming roadwork across the region. [I post this guide every Friday, so if you think there's a big traffic or transit event I'm not including, let me know.]

Marine Corps Marathon
The annual marathon starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, but many important streets, roadways and bridges will be blocked from 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 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 Arlington Cemetery, crosses into the District, then returns to Arlington for a finish at the Iwo Jima memorial. Here's a printable map of the course.

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.

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. And runners, put your paper fare card in a plastic holder to keep it dry.

The busiest stations are likely to be Arlington Cemetery, Rosslyn and Pentagon. Note also the Metrorail track work schedule below.

See street closings list for DC.
See street closings list for Arlington.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
They start tonight (Friday) on the Red and Orange lines. Red Line riders between Friendship Heights and Van Ness should add at least half an hour to their normal travel time from 9:30 p.m. Friday to the train system's midnight closing on Sunday. Orange Line riders between East Falls Church and Ballston should add at least 20 minutes to trips during the same time period.

New York Avenue Work
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin construction at the intersection of First Street, Florida Avenue, New York Avenue and Eckington Place this coming week. The project, which will take eight months, is designed to improve circulation and decrease accidents at this major intersection.

Work on First Street will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work hours on the avenues are 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. There won't be any lane closings on the avenues on weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. All milling and paving will be done from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

There's a new DC Web site for information about all five projects either underway or planned for New York Avenue:

Football at FedEx on Monday
The game with the Eagles starts at 8:30 p.m. Despite all the Redskins' problems this season, I still expect fans will flock to the stadium -- if only out of morbid curiosity.

The Morgan Boulevard Metrorail station will be open beyond the regular midnight close Monday night to take fans home from the football game at FedEx Field. No other stations will be open for people to enter, but if you're on one of those Blue Line trains from Morgan Boulevard, you will be able to transfer to other trains on your way home.

The last Blue Line train from Morgan Boulevard in the direction of Franconia-Springfield will leave at 12:27 a.m. But if the game goes into OT, Metro says it will keep operating to get people home.

The Maryland State Highway Administration always recommends drivers take the Central Avenue approach to FedEx from the Capital Beltway. It tends to be less crowded than the other two interchanges, at Landover Road and at Arena Drive.

Route 29 Lane Closings
Starting in the very early hours of Monday morning, all lanes of Route 29 between Fairland Road and Briggs Chaney Road will be subject to short but complete shutdown. These 15-minute closings can occur Mondays through Fridays between midnight and 5 a.m.

To prepare for the night's work, crews may close one lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and two lanes between 7 p.m. and midnight. The overnight closings will occur periodically through spring so that workers can set steel for the Intercounty Connector Bridge over Route 29.

Consider Old Columbia Pike, to the west of Route 29, or I-95, to the east as alternatives during the shutdowns. But note that you can also have 15 minute closings on I-95 near old Gunpowder Road Sundays through Thursdays between midnight and 5 a.m. Watch the variable message boards along the roadways for the latest on the closings.

ICC Toll Hearings
Speaking of the Intercounty Connector, there are two hearings this coming week on the proposed toll rates.
-- Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville.
-- Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg.

Fairfax Parkway Construction
Construction of the last two miles of the parkway is cranking up this fall. I'm planning to do a Commuter page feature for this Sunday's Post on the upcoming detour at Fullerton Road in Newington. But there's also this:
-- Rolling Road North Day Work: Single lane closed between O'Dell Street and Chancellor Way, Monday through Wednesday, 9 am. to 3 p.m.
-- Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) North and South Day Work: Left lane closed between I-95 and Backlick Road underpass, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

H Street Lane Closings
Eastbound traffic on H Street NE will be down to one lane between 3rd and 7th streets starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday. The lane closings, part of the H Street reconstruction project, will be in effect through Nov. 16. Crews will be excavating and repaving the north center lane.

Delivery vehicles will be unable to load and unload from the eastbound curb lane. Loading and unloading will be permitted on the side streets, too.

MD Beltway Paving
Between the Legion Bridge and I-270, look for ramp closings for the paving project between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Route 4 Bridge Project
The Maryland plans a routine inspection of the Johnson Bridge, which takes Route 4 traffic over the Patuxent River between Calvert and St. Mary's counties. Crews will close a single lane between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on these weekends: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Nov. 7 and 8, Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 21 and 22.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Weekend and Beyond  
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Why was there never any mention of the street closures around Howard U? It took an hour to get across Georgia Avenue this morning.

Posted by: WeemaweeHS | October 24, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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