The Capital Weather Gang is handing you an excuse not to rake leaves this weekend: Breezy and windy conditions seem likely through much of the next couple days.
That may leave time to take in D.C. United’s game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in RFK Stadium. Sunday’s big outdoor event is a race scheduled to close one span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, resulting in travel delays.
Here are more tips to guide your weekend travels in the D.C. area.
Metro’s weekend schedule
This is a light weekend for Metrorail’s track work program, with significant changes limited to the Red and Green lines.
Red Line. Crews will work on the rails between Friendship Heights and Medical Center and between Fort Totten and Takoma. All along the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 16 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday.
Green Line. Crews will work on the tracks between Prince George’s Plaza and Greenbelt. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday.
Orange Line. After 10 p.m. Sunday, passengers at Foggy Bottom, Rosslyn and Court House will board all trains on the Vienna side of the platform. Trains will operate every 20 to 25 minutes. Crews will work on tracks between Clarendon and Foggy Bottom.
Silver Line. Because of the same work zone, riders at Foggy Bottom, Rosslyn and Court House will board all trains on the Wiehle-Reston East side of the platform starting at 10 p.m. Sunday. Trains will operate every 20 to 25 minutes.
Blue Line. Riders at Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn will board all trains on the Franconia-Springfield side of the platform after 10 p.m. Sunday. Crews will work on the tracks between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom.Trains will operate every 20 to 25 minutes.
For the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, that 10 p.m. to midnight pattern will repeat each weekend through Thursday, with the exception of Tuesday. No track work is scheduled for Veterans Day.
Across the Bay 10K
The eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is scheduled to close to traffic from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, for the Across the Bay 10K run. The span that normally serves westbound traffic will be open to two-way traffic during those hours. One lane will be open in each direction, and the center lane will be closed, unless it’s needed to ease westbound delays.
The event will cause delays, so the best time to drive across the bridge on Sunday will likely be before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Two traffic detours will be set up on the Eastern Shore during the run: The ramp from eastbound Route 50 to Route 8 will be closed, and drivers will be directed to the next exit at Thompson Creek Road. From there, they will head west on Route 835 to the signal at Route 8. Also closed will be the ramp from southbound Route 8 to westbound Route 50. Drivers will be directed to Route 18 and then to the roundabout at Castle Marina Road and onto westbound Route 50.
I-95 HOV lanes
With the opening of the 95 Express Lanes set for December, the Virginia Department of Transportation this weekend plans to close the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-395/95 between the D.C. line and Dumfries Road (Route 234) from 11 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
This is partly for construction but also to test the entry and exit gates and the overhead signs along the 29-mile route. So drivers along the regular lanes of I-95/395 may see Virginia State Police and highway safety trucks at several entry ramps to make sure that traffic doesn’t enter the closed HOV lanes during the testing.
Crews this weekend will prepare to open the final phase of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector, linking Interstate 95 and Route 1 near the Muirkirk MARC station. That stretch should be open in time for Monday morning’s rush, but meanwhile, watch for signs throughout that area, and for construction workers setting up the new traffic patterns.
11th and M streets SE
As part of the 11th Street Bridge project, the District Department of Transportation plans to close the intersection of 11th and M streets SE from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The westbound I-695 (Southeast/Southwest Freeway) ramp to M Street SE and the ramp to southbound I-295/northbound D.C. 295 at M Street, SE will also be closed during the work, which involves milling, paving and striping at the intersection.
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