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The weekend and beyond

Travelers can look forward to a sunny Saturday followed by a partly cloudy Sunday with pleasant temperatures, the Capital Weather Gang says. That's great for people planning to attend the Andrews Air Show or the Preakness up in Baltimore. Also good is a very limited scheduled of Metrorail weekend work. But watch for several road projects that could slow your travels.

Andrews Air Show
The popular annual event is open to the public this Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. Civilians can park at Fedex Field or Branch Avenue Metro station. There are shuttle buses connecting both places with Andrews Air Force Base. The ones to Andrews will stop at 2:30 p.m. The ones from Andrews will continue until all air show attendees have been transported off the flight line.

There are shuttles available for people with disabilities. (Authorized Department of Defense personnel can park on base.) See this link for more details, and note the security rules.

Metro weekend delays
This weekend's work schedule is quite light, and should make it easier for people who want to take transit to the air show.

Green Line riders between College Park and Greenbelt should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Workers will be welding new rails in that area. Metro postponed the maintenance work that had been scheduled for parking lot number 4 at New Carrollton.

Kenilworth Avenue (DC 295)
Watch for a new traffic pattern on the southbound side near the Eastern Avenue bridge. Traffic will be shifted to the left and barriers will be put in place to accommodate upcoming construction on the right side of the roadway. Work is scheduled to be underway between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Expect a temporary lane closing on the left side while crews install the new pavement markings and barriers.

Though the northbound traffic pattern stays the same, the far left lane will be closed Saturday for the staging of construction equipment. Traffic delays are likely in both directions until all the lanes are reopened Saturday evening.

12th Street tunnel ramp
The District Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp from northbound I-395 to the 12th Street Tunnel from 9 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday. Also closed during those hours will be D Street SW, just east of 12th Street. Workers will be replacing the bridge deck concrete on the ramp to the tunnel, part of the long-term rehabilitation of the 11th Street SW bridge.

Travelers have been asking when it's all scheduled to be done. End of June, the District Department of Transportation says.

Detour: Traffic coming across the 14th Street Bridge from Virginia can go north on 14th Street to get downtown, or take the L'Enfant Plaza exit to D Street SW. Detour signs will direct them to 7th Street.

14th Street Bridge
Watch for single lane closings this weekend on the southbound bridge. The left lane is scheduled to close from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also, the far right lane and the sidewalk will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

New Hampshire Avenue
This Saturday night and next, the ramp from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to northbound New Hampshire Avenue will be closed. Work to stabilize the right shoulder along the ramp is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. on the two Saturdays and end at 4 a.m. on the Sundays. The ground along the shoulder was washed out.

During the closings, drivers can reach northbound New Hampshire Avenue this way: Continue on the outer loop to the exit for southbound New Hampshire and continue around to the ramp leading up to the Beltway's inner loop. Stay right and get off at the inner loop's exit for northbound New Hampshire.

Metrobus detours Sunday
Metro plans to detour 16 bus routes Sunday to get around several events: the George Washington University commencement, the Capitol Hill Classic Fun Run and the Taste of Arlington.

Route P6 will detour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 4th Street NW and SW between Constitution and Independence avenues because of the commencement on the Mall.

Routes 32, 34, 36, 90, 92, B2, D6, P6 and X8 will detour between 6 a.m. and noon at C Street NE from 4th to 6th streets. These detours are for the Capitol Hill Classic Fun Run.

Routes 1A, 1F, 2A, 2C, 10B, 23A and 38B will detour between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Wilson Boulevard from North Randolph Street to Glebe Road for the Taste of Arlington.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE
The District's Great Streets project is entering a phase this weekend that will have a significant impact on drivers between 27th Street and Branch Avenue SE. The work will include the reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue and sidewalks on the south side. This means lane closings and a shift in the traffic pattern. Here's what commuters will encounter as of Monday:

-- Add about 15 minutes to peak period travel times on Pennsylvania Avenue.
-- The far-right eastbound lane and sidewalk will be closed and marked off with barriers.
-- Three travel lanes will be open at all times. A reversible lane will ensure there are two lanes for peak traffic during rush hours, and one lane for traffic in the opposite direction.
-- Watch the overhead green arrows and red X's to determine the correct inbound and outbound lanes.

Beltway paving
This coming week, the Maryland State Highway Administration is scheduled to begin resurfacing 4.6 miles of the Beltway's outer loop between Branch Avenue and D'Arcy Road. The project also includes a half-mile of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Beltway and Old Marlboro Pike/Westphalia Road and the exit ramp from Forestville Road to the outer loop.

This area was last resurfaced in 2001. The project is one of many in the D.C. area supported by the federal stimulus money.

There's going to be some off-peak congestion because of this project. Watch for single lane closing on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. There may be double lane closings Sunday through Thursday nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Telegraph Road/Beltway
Heads up for next weekend: There will be some lane closures on the Beltway's inner loop just west of Telegraph Road from about 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, through 5 a.m. Monday, May 24. Workers will be doing concrete repairs to the Beltway bridge over Cameron Run. Traffic will likely be narrowed to one lane, and this is likely to cause significant backups.

Bike to work Friday
Next Friday, May 21, is the annual Bike to Work Day. Thousands of people, many of whom don't normally ride to work, will be on the roads in the D.C. area. Most will meet up at 35 regional pit stops, then ride to work in convoys. It ends with big gathering at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue.

There will be prizes including commuter bags, bike locks and bicycles at the pit stops. Riders also will find food and drink at them. Free T-shirts go to the first 8,500 registrants in attendance at the pit stops they registered for. Here's a link to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for more information.

Bike DC
There are many biking events in May, which is National Bike Month. On Sunday morning, May 23, riders can participate in the Bike DC event in the District and Arlington. Meanwhile, there will be something called a Pedalpalooza on Pennsylvania. The avenue will be closed to motorized traffic between 7th and 14th streets NW, but open to bikers, walkers, skaters and runners from 7 to 10:30 a.m. See the complete schedule for Bike DC events.

These are the road closings for the Sunday morning events.
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 7th Street to 14th Street, 6:30 - 11 a.m.
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 15th Street to 21st Street, 7 - 9 a.m.
-- Whitehurst Freeway from 21st Street to Key Bridge, 7 - 9:15 a.m.
-- Key Bridge, 7 - 11 a.m.
-- Northbound George Washington Parkway from the Memorial Bridge to the Chain Bridge exit, 6:30 - 11 a.m.
-- Southbound Jefferson Davis Highway from Rosslyn to Crystal City, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 14, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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