The weekend and beyond
The weekend will be hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms, according to the Capital Weather Gang's getting around forecast. If you're getting around by road, rail or trail, there's no single big event to block your way, but there are scattered delays and detours to be wary of.
Chain Bridge closing
Chain Bridge is scheduled to be completely closed for the weekend. This is another in a series of weekend closings to prepare for the reopening of the span, which has been under rehabilitation since June and is scheduled to reopen May 31.
The bridge is scheduled to closed to all traffic -- including cyclists and pedestrians -- at 8 p.m. Friday and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday. There will be no access to the bridge from either the District or Arlington. Canal Road will be open, but drivers will not be able to turn onto the bridge.
The alternative river crossings, as they have been throughout the project, are the Legion, Key, Roosevelt, Memorial and 14th Street bridges.
Weekend delays on Metrorail
Blue Line riders between Braddock Road and Van Dorn and Yellow Line riders between Braddock Road and Huntington should add at least 30 minutes to their normal travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday. All trains will be using a single track around a work zone where crews are replacing cross ties and welding new rail in place.
On Saturday and Sunday, Blue Line trains will operate every half hour between Largo and Huntington. A special Blue Line shuttle train will depart at 17 minutes and 47 minutes after the hour between Franconia-Springfield and King Street. Get off at King Street and take another train headed toward Washington.
On Saturday and Sunday, all Yellow Line trains will depart Huntington at about two minutes and 32 minutes after the hour heading toward Greenbelt.
Rhode Island Ave. Station
A construction project is closing the park-and-ride lot at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station. Friday is the last day for parking until the project is complete. The bus stops and the kiss-and-ride area remain, but some of the bus stops will be relocated during a later phase of the project.
The following Metrobus routes will be detoured:
Routes E2, E3 and E4: Kennedy Street NW between 3rd and 5th streets will be closed from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday for Beat the Street event in the District.
Routes 9S and 23A: Northbound Crystal Drive between 12th and 27th streets will be closed from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday for the Crystal Run 5k in Crystal City.
Routes 32, 34, 36, 54, 64, 70, 96, P6, S2, S4 and V8: Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14 streets will be closed Sunday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 13th Annual Race for Hope 5k in the District.
14th Street Bridge paving
The District plans to mill and pave about 300 feet at the south entrance of the 14th Street northbound bridge (I-395) from 9 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday. At least two lanes will be open to traffic.
DC 295/Eastern Ave. bridge
Because of the construction work on the Eastern Avenue Bridge over DC 295 (Kenilworth Avenue), the District is closing some lanes on 295 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
On the southbound side, the left lane will be closed, leaving open the two right ones. On the northbound side, the left lane will be closed. Move over to use the two right lanes. Drivers also can use the service roads to bypass the work zone. My experience with similar lane closings is that all traffic in the area is very slow, and that if you have another option, it's best to use it.
Douglass Bridge closing
The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River will be closed from 4 to about 9 a.m. Sunday for some routine testing. This happens every month, and in most cases, the bridge reopens ahead of schedule.
11th Street Bridge Project
From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, traffic may be stopped for five minutes at a time on the 11th Street Bridge, its ramps and portions of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway to install traffic counting devices. This is part of the project that will rebuild the bridge, with a scheduled completion in 2013.
I-95 lane closing
Beginning Monday night, the right lane of I-95 south will be closed from a point just south of the Backlick Road exit (Exit 167) to the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) for exit ramp reconstruction at Alban Road (Exit 166B). It will remain closed until early October. I-95 south already narrows from four to three lanes at the Fairfax County Parkway. With this lane closing, the narrowing will occur three-quarters of a mile sooner.
The Alban Road exit ramp is being expanded to two lanes to increase access to westbound Fairfax County Parkway and the Fort Belvoir North Area. About 8,500 federal employees are being relocated to Fort Belvoir North as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.
For the Dulles Metrorail construction: The westbound lanes of Tysons Boulevard are closing temporarily. Workers on the Metrorail project are starting construction of caissons and piers to support the foundation of the Tysons Central 123 Station on the northwest corner of the Route 123/Tysons Boulevard intersection.
Northbound traffic on Route 123 will not be able to turn left on to Tysons Boulevard beginning Friday night. Northbound drivers instead will be detoured to a left turn at International Drive, one block before reaching the westbound Tysons Boulevard intersection because the left turn lane will be closed for approximately two months.
Traffic will be detoured on to International Drive to a right on Galleria Drive. Drivers can then turn left on Tysons Boulevard or proceed straight. Drivers heading for 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.
Roosevelt Bridge repair
The District plans to do overnight repair work on ramps on the D.C. side of the Roosevelt Bridge through Tuesday night. One travel lane per ramp will be closed after the evening's rush period and re-opened each day before the morning rush.
HOV time change
The weekday schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes will be slightly modified for six months starting Monday to help ease delays stemming from construction projects.
Until Nov. 1, the northbound HOV lanes will close at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. and the southbound HOV lanes will open at noon rather than 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the temporary schedule change should ease delays on southbound I-95, where one lane is closed between the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The lane closing is part of the I-95 widening project.
April 30, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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