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The weekend and beyond

This weekend is filled with traffic and transit issues that you need to be aware of in planning travels across the Washington area, starting today. And next week, there will be plenty of road construction and traffic shifts that will affect travel at peak and off-peak periods.

D.C. holiday
Friday is Emancipation Day, a D.C. government holiday. Be careful on the commuter routes. The reversible lanes on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill will follow their regular rush hour directions. However, the parking regulations will not be enforced on most streets.
The only place the Department of Public Works will enforce parking regulations is around Nationals Park, from three hours before the 7:05 p.m. game time till three hours afterward.

Big sports weekend
The Nationals, D.C. United and the Capitals all are playing this weekend. Besides the 7:05 p.m. game Friday, the Nationals play at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday. D.C. United plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at RFK Stadium. The Capitals have a playoff game scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Center. Fans planning to take Metrorail to the games should read the following item about the weekend delays.

Metro weekend maintenance
The rail delays this weekend are quite extensive. The most significant one will affect riders on the Orange and Blue lines passing through Rosslyn, where Metro will be spending the first of two weekends replacing a track switch. They should anticipate delays of at least 40 minutes between 10 p.m. Friday and the midnight closing on Sunday.

Delays of a half hour or more are likely on the Red Line between Medical Center and Friendship Heights from 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday closing. On the Green Line, add 20 minutes to a trip between College Park and Greenbelt from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See more details.

Braddock Road/Beltway
The Capital Beltway inner loop ramp to westbound Braddock Road is scheduled to close from 9:30 Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday. Workers will be relocating utilities as part of the HOT lanes project. Police will be on hand to direct traffic. Expect delays during the peak travel times this weekend.

After this, watch for three more weekend-long closings of exit ramps at the Braddock Road interchange. This is the schedule:
-- The Braddock Road westbound ramp to the inner loop will be closed from 9:30 p.m. April 30 through 5 a.m. May 3.
-- The inner loop ramp to Braddock Road westbound will be closed from 9:30 p.m. May 7 through 5 a.m. May 10.
-- The Braddock Road westbound ramp to the inner loop will be closed from 9:30 p.m. May 14 through 5 a.m. May 17.

Saturday walk in DC
The Walk for Lupus Now is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. It starts on Pennsylvania Avenue at 13th Street NW and heads east on Pennsylvania to Third Street NW. See this map.

The nearest Metro stations are Federal Triangle, Archives and Metro Center. Organizers note that people can park for $13 in the PMI garages at 1220 E St. NW, between 12th and 13th streets, and at 1325 G St. NW, between 13th and 14th streets.

See the item above about the weekend delays on the Orange, Blue, Red and Green lines. Metro also says that these bus routes will need to detour around the walk from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Routes 32, 34, 36, 54, 64, 70, 71, P6, S2, S4 and V8.

Little River Turnpike/Beltway
Traffic on the Little River Turnpike is scheduled to move onto a new Capital Beltway bridge starting Sunday night. So by 5 a.m. Monday, commuters will see a new traffic pattern that is scheduled to last for 18 months.

There will be two, rather than three, westbound lanes on the bridge. In addition, drivers traveling from the inner loop to the westbound turnpike will have to yield because there will be no merge area. On Sunday, turnpike drivers approaching the interchange may encounter some delays as workers prepare for the traffic shift, now scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Traffic stop in Tysons
The Dulles Metrorail project has scheduled a test for Tuesday morning on a caisson along the northwest side of Route 123 in Tysons Corner near the Dulles Connector Road exit ramp. The test, set for between 9:30 and 11 a.m., will require a traffic halt along Route 123 and at the exit ramp from the Connector Road/Dulles Toll Road for less than 10 minutes. The structural integrity test creates a loud boom.

11th Street Bridge
Starting Monday and continuing through May 7, watch for off-peak lane closings -- day and night -- on the 11th Street Bridge, nearby parts of 295 and some local streets along the Anacostia River. This is part of the bridge reconstruction project

Dulles Metrorail project
All lanes of the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be temporarily closed four separate times between midnight and 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The closings will occur just east of the Hunter Mill Road interchange. At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police will begin setting up barriers and tapering off the lanes leading to the full closures.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 17, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Events , Weekend Work , transit  
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