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The weekend and beyond

The weekend weather will be cool and breezy, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Not bad for local travel. But there are a few obstacles in your path on the trains, buses and streets, including a late Valentine's Day run that will block some Arlington County streets.

Metrorail weekend delays
Red Line: Riders between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes to their normal travel time from 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight close on Sunday. Trains in both directions will be sharing a single track while workers replace rail fasteners and repair the tunnel.

Every other train in the direction of Shady Grove will terminate at Friendship Heights and head back toward Glenmont, to boost service at the most crowded stations in the middle of the Red Line.

Metrobus Route 80 detour
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Route 80 will be rerouted around a heavy crane working on 19th Street NW between C and E streets.

Closing on Maine Avenue on Saturday
The National Park Service plans to temporarily block southeast-bound traffic on Maine Avenue SW from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to move heavy equipment into the area so that a large elm tree can be removed from the Tidal Basin, where it fell during this month's snows.

The closing will occur from the point where Maine Avenue SW splits off from eastbound Independence Avenue SW to the point where 15th Street SW (Raoul Wallenburg Place) intersects with Maine Avenue. This is at the eastern edge of the Tidal Basin.

Well before drivers reach the closed area, they should spot variable message boards alerting them to the closure. Northwest-bound traffic on Maine Avenue coming up from the Southwest Waterfront will not be affected by the closing.

Fare increases Sunday
Metrorail, Metrobus, MetroAccess and the Fairfax Connector all add a 10 cent surcharge on most trips as of Sunday. Montgomery County's Ride On buses will start charging an extra 10 cents on Monday. We'll have more details about the fares and their impact on riders on Sunday's Commuter page in The Post.

Arlington race Sunday
Arlington County police plan to close South Joyce Street and sections of Army Navy Drive for the Valentine's Day 5K Race this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. South Joyce will be closed between South 15th Street and Army Navy Drive. Army Navy will be closed between South Joyce and 25th streets. The run, which starts at 9 a.m., was originally scheduled for Feb. 14.

Metrobus detours
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Routes 10A, 10G and 16P will be detoured around the 5K's route.

Douglass Bridge closing Sunday
The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River, is scheduled to close for routine testing on Sunday from 4 a.m. to about 9 a.m. The bridge will be reopened to traffic as soon as the test is done, which often is ahead of schedule.

HOV ramp closing
Beginning Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is closing one lane on the ramp from the I-95 HOV reversible southbound lanes to Route 1 every weekday morning for several weeks.

This lane, one of two on the ramp, will be closed from 6 to 11 a.m. so workers can rebuild the Route 1 overpass bridge. Construction will be on the southbound overpass but the HOV lanes will be heading north at that time so the disruptions will be limited, VDOT says. The Route 1 off ramp from I-95 South will remain open.

Parkway sound walls
Construction is scheduled to begin Monday to create two sound walls along the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) extension, which itself is under construction. The sound walls will be intended to minimize the noise when this final section of the parkway opens late this year.

The walls stretch for 1,360 feet along Rolling Road on either side of the Richfield Road entrance. During the sound wall construction, drivers on Rolling Road will encounter temporary lane closings. These may add five to 10 minutes to a trip through that area. Work on these sound walls is scheduled to be done by summertime.

Caisson testing
Contractors working on the Dulles Metrorail extension are scheduled this coming week to perform more structural integrity tests on caissons along the northwest side of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard) in Tysons Corner.

The next test is scheduled for Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. near the southeast corner of the old MITRE property, by the exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. Another is tentatively scheduled for March 15, in the same location.

State police will halt traffic along Route 123 and at the exit ramp from the Connector Road/Dulles Toll Road for less than 10 minutes while the tests occur. Flaggers and police also will briefly stop traffic from entering adjacent roads during the testing.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 26, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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