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The weekend and beyond

[This post has been updated]

The local travel forecast looks great, according to the Capital Weather Gang, and there will be plenty of people on the roads Sunday for Mother's Day. You don't want to keep Mom waiting, so watch out for a variety of events that may slow your progress, and of course, there's the usual weekend work on Metrorail.

Saturday 5K
The National Police Week 5K is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Third and E streets NW and finishing on Fourth Street NW, near the National Law Enforcement Memorial. The nearest Metro stop is Judiciary Square. See a map.

Eastern Shore busy
Watch for heavy traffic this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It's SpringFest in Ocean City, and there are other crowd-drawing activities on the Eastern Shore. The Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the bridge, says the best times to use it are likely to be Friday before noon or after 10 p.m., Saturday before 7 a.m. or from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m. For current traffic conditions on the bridge, call 1-877-229-7726 or see the live traffic camera views at

Metrorail weekend delays
Red Line: Riders should add at least 20 minutes to their schedules between Grosvenor and Medical Center from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close on Sunday. Metro will be replacing fasteners that stabilize the tracks. (There are a lot of very old track fasteners in this section and they are difficult to get out and replace.)

Between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, add at least 20 minutes to your travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Metro will be doing maintenance on the tracks that cross the bridge over Rhode Island Avenue.
On Saturday and Sunday, trains from Shady Grove will leave at one minute past the hour and at 31 minutes past the hour. Trains from Glenmont will leave at seven minutes and at 37 minutes past the hour.

Every other train toward Shady Grove will end its run at Medical Center and turn back. Every other train toward Glenmont will terminate at the New York Avenue. This means that for people traveling between Medical Center and New York Avenue, the most crowded part of the line, trains should arrive about ever 15 minutes.

Orange Line: Between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, add at least half an hour to your regular travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close on Sunday. Metro will be replacing old cross ties and welding new rail. Every other Orange Line toward New Carrollton will turn back at Stadium-Armory.

Metrobus detours
Eighteen Metrobus routes in the District and in Arlington will be detoured this weekend because of events and construction.

Routes A6 and W4 will detour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. around Alabama Avenue, between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Randle Place. It's for the annual Congress Heights Day Festival.

Routes 92, A2, A4, A6, A8, W2, W3 and W4 will detour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. around Alabama Avenue, Congress Street, 7th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Fourth Street, Savannah Street and Sixth Street. This is for the Congress Heights Day Parade.

Routes 32, 34, 36, 96 and D6 will detour from 8 to11 a.m. around 3rd Street NW between Fifth and Sixth Streets. That's for the National Police Week 5K.

Route D6 will detour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. around 20th Street NW between New Hampshire Avenue and O Street. There's construction in the area.

Routes 5A and 7A will detour from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. around westbound Wilson Boulevard between N. Lynn Street and Route 110, and around Washington Boulevard between I-395 and Memorial Bridge. This is for the Arlington Half Marathon. For a shorter period -- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. -- the buses will detour around northbound Route 110 between Crystal City and North Lynn Street.

Norbeck Road/Intercounty Connector
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to shift traffic on Norbeck Road (MD Route 28) between Baileys Lane and Wintergate Drive to a temporary road. This will make room for construction of a permanent bridge over the Intercounty Connector. Watch for a temporary traffic signal.

Douglass Bridge repairs
The District Department of Transportation plans to start some new repairs on the Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River. Truck loads will be restricted to 10 tons, and trucks will be limited to using the center lanes, as they are now. The new weight limit takes effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled to remain until Sept. 1.

Most of the repair work will be done at off-peak hours. There will be lane closings during those hours. This project is part of the bridge maintenance and repair that began in 2007.

Metropolitan Branch Trail
Weekend cyclists might want to check the new section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The opening this week of the 1.5 mile segment between New York Avenue and Franklin Street NE means people can bike or walk on four miles of paved trail between Union Station and Catholic University. Eventually, the trail will continue north to Silver Spring and connect with the Capital Crescent and Anacostia Tributaries trails. The trail follows the Red Line and will be convenient to seven Metro stations.

Gallows Road/Beltway
The new bridge over the Capital Beltway at Gallows Road is scheduled to open this weekend. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to shift traffic into it starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and wrapping up by 5 a.m. Sunday. But drivers should watch for delays at the interchange on Friday as workers prepare for the shift.

This work is part of the High Occupancy Toll lanes project, which is widening the western side of the Beltway in Virginia and all its bridges. For the next year to 18 months, drivers will have one southbound lane on the Gallows Road bridge rather than two, but there will be two lanes northbound toward INOVA Fairfax Hospital. VDOT expects there will be 10 to 15 minute delays at the bridge during the afternoon rush.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 8, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , intercounty connector , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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