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The weekend and beyond

The Capital Weather Gang says, we're in for a cloudy and rainy weekend for travel in the Washington area. A few events in the District are likely to cause congestion, but the main delay-producer is likely to be the Metrorail work.

Weekend events
These events in Washington will generate traffic. If you're going to any of them by transit, note the extMetrorail delays listed below.

The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park on Saturday and Sunday. An Earth Day Climate Rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on the National Mall.

Metrorail weekend delays
[Saturday update: Metro has canceled the track work scheduled for the Blue and Orange lines at Rosslyn for this weekend. The Red Line work continues as planned.]

Metro again will be replacing a switch at Rosslyn. This will cause delays of at least 40 minutes on trips through Rosslyn aboard Orange and Blue Line trains from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday.

On the Red Line, riders between Medical Center and Friendship Heights should again add at least half an hour to their normal travel time. Trains will be sharing a single track around a work zone from 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday.

On another stretch of the Red Line, between the New York and Rhode Island avenues, riders should add at least 20 minutes to their travel times from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close. Metro is doing maintenance on the elevated tracks outside the Rhode Island Avenue Station.

Street closings near White House
Streets around the International Monetary Fund and World Bank buildings will close beginning Friday night after rush hour for the organization's spring meetings. From about 7:30 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday, 18th, 19th and 20th streets NW will be closed from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, as will the southern side of H Street. See more details and a map here.

Metrobus weekend detours
Because the buses go so many places, the detours are a useful guide to the traffic-disrupting activities across the region. These are the routes and times:

Routes 9S and 23A: Northbound Crystal Drive between 12th and 27th streets in Crystal City, Va. will be closed from about 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday for the Crystal Run 5k.

Route 80: 18th, 19th and 20th streets between Pennsylvania Avenue and F Street in the District will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday for the International Monetary Fund / World Bank spring meetings.

Route 96: East Capitol Street between 2nd and 3rd streets in the District will be closed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday for the Folger Shakespeare Library's Shakespeare Birthday Open House.

Routes 10A and 10B: George Washington Parkway between Mount Vernon Estate and Franklin Street in Alexandria will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday for the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 miler/5k.

Route Q1: Route 335 will be closed between Redland Road and Nicholson Lane in Rockville from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday for the Pike's Peek 10k.

Route 42: Southbound 17th Street between H and I (Eye) streets will be closed in the District from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday because of construction. Northbound traffic will reroute to westbound H Street.

Route L2: Northbound Connecticut Avenue between Macomb Street and Devonshire Place in the District will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday because of construction. Traffic will shift to southbound lanes.

Metro extension in Tysons
Watch for a major change in the traffic pattern near Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. The left-turn lane from northbound Route 123 to westbound Tysons Boulevard will be closed, and remain so for about two months.

This is the start of construction on supports for the Tysons Central 123 Metrorail station, which will be built on the southwest corner of the Route 123 and Tysons Boulevard intersection, across from Tysons Corner Center.

Traffic will detour onto International Drive, a block before the Tysons Boulevard intersection, then make a right on Galleria Drive. Drivers can then turn left on Tysons Boulevard or proceed straight. Drivers seeking access to Tysons Galleria from northbound Route 123 should stay on International Drive or use Tysons Boulevard. Drivers heading for Westpark Drive and the Westpark Bridge to Tysons Corner Center should continue on Galleria Drive, which becomes Westpark Drive.

University Boulevard paving
University Boulevard between Arcola Avenue and Veirs Mill Road is being milled overnights in preparation for paving. The milling should take about another week. After that, a base layer of asphalt will be laid. Then workers will install video/loop traffic detectors at the intersections of Sligo Creek Parkway, Reedie Drive, Amherst Avenue and Grandview Avenue. A final resurfacing should be done by the end of June.

Farther west, between Veirs Mill Road and Farragut Avenue, another section of University has been repaved. The final striping of the roadway was scheduled to begin Wednesday and be finished by mid-week.

Road work near Lincoln Memorial
The National Park Service is going to rebuild Ohio Drive between Independence and Constitution avenues, near the Lincoln Memorial. The work, scheduled to begin Sunday and continue into late fall, will be done mostly at night. But the project is likely to affect traffic around the memorial and south of the Kennedy Center.

Drivers, bikers and walkers will need to watch for lane shifts and closings. Information about them will be posted on electronic message boards in the area. Look here for details and alternative routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 23, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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So, why does the Metro hate Bethesda? There is seemingly always repairs between Medical Center and Friendship Heights on weekends with no explanation, ever, and there is an escalator that is closed till (supposedly) June that was working quite fine until then. This is of course leads to massive lines to get out of the station. Did Maryland do something to anger the Metro Board or something, and this is some petty revenge? This is really starting to get fustrating.

Posted by: md1593a | April 23, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Do you think metro could install some temporary inflatable slides and some rope ladders between the platform and the mezzanine at the Bethesda metro station? That would probably help get people in and out of the station.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | April 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious what they mean by "rebuild Ohio Drive." While it's got a few potholes and bumps, it's not in very bad shape compared to a lot of other roads in DC. Are they redesigning the road in some way? Certainly that area has to be very confusing for anyone who doesn't live here and drive through it regularly.

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 23, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Inflate me a slide down the big escalators at Bethesda, and I will accept any fare increase you'd like to stick me with, Metro.

Posted by: HydroxCookies | April 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Inflate me a slide down the big escalators at Bethesda, and I will accept any fare increase you'd like to stick me with, Metro."

I think you just found the solution to WMATA's budget woes. This would be a great ride. Charge $20 bucks to ride it.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | April 23, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Avoid the hassle and delays of Metrofail this weekend, drive instead.

Posted by: Nightman | April 23, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Suggest taking cab rather than Metro when this work is going on. Last Sunday night I took Metro from National airport after flying in at 9, expecting to be home in a 30 minutes and I didn't get home to Arlington until 10:45. There can be a lot of standing and waiting for a train since they are sharing one track, and we even sat in the darkness at Arlington Cemetery while waiting for a track to open up. Guess it could have been worse but I could have caught a cab for less than $10 and been home in 15 minutes.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 24, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

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