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Weekend Road and Rail: Beltway Reconstruction, Subway Maintenance

Weekend Road and Rail: Beltway Reconstruction, Subway Maintenance

There are a few storms on tap for this weekend. It can always be a factor in planned road work, but for the time being, stops are planned for I-66 and the new Frederick Douglass Bridge along with the ascent on the Beltway.

There are a few storms on tap for this weekend.

It can always be a factor in planned road work, but for the time being, stops are planned for I-66 and the new Frederick Douglass Bridge along with the ascent on the Beltway.

Scheduled street closures are scheduled in the district due to some events, and Metro performs routine maintenance.

Here’s what you need to know.

Road work

DC

The long-awaited opening of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge over the Anacostia River on South Capitol Street took place earlier this week.

Traffic is moving across the new Frederick Douglass Bridge on Monday. (WTOP / Neal Augenstein)

The District Department of Transportation is still in the process of finalizing this long-term project with new overnight stops and off-peak closures that began this week.

From Wednesday until 29 September, working day evenings are planned between 21:00 and 06:00, weather permitting.

With this work, DDOT is planning full stops of all traffic, which should last up to 15 minutes several times each night. No work will be scheduled when events are scheduled at Nationals Park and Audi Field.

Map of detours and closures of the new Frederick Douglass Bridge (Courtesy DDOT)

The reason for the stops, says DDOT, is for testing and other work on the new bridge. More information on the improvement efforts underway along the 295 corridor can be found here.

On Saturday, the H Street Festival is back with street closures and parking restrictions. From approximately 4 to 23, H Street Northeast will be closed between Third and 14th Streets Northeast. Please note that this will affect the DC Streetcar service.

In addition to this family-friendly event, US Capitol Police have erected security fences around Capitol grounds and announced the closure of streets due to the so-called “Justice for J6” demonstration on Saturday.

Street closures are expected to be introduced before 5 Saturday, with additional rolling closures between Capitol grounds, National Mall and the White House. More information about these closures and parking restrictions can be found here.

Virginia

Here’s a look at what’s planned for the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Project, weather permitting. Be sure to keep an eye on the traffic on the 8s for further changes. And when you find something else, call the 24/7 Traffic Center at 866-304-WTOP.

I-66 West on I-495, overnight stays (22:00 to 05:00) to Friday: Two lanes are closed for bridge work with periodic stops of up to 20 minutes during the night.

I-66 west from west of Beltway to Cedar Lane, overnight stays (21:30 to 05:00) until Friday: Three lanes are closed for trail work.

Paving on Nutley Street closes lanes plus ramp to I-66 East (midnight to 4am and to 5am Saturday): The ramp will be closed and turned onto I-66 West. Exit to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) for a U-turn.

I-66 west past US Route 50 to Stringfellow Road, overnight stays (9pm to 5pm) until Friday: Two lanes will be closed for a traffic change.

I-66 East on US Route 50, Friday and Saturday nights (9pm to 9pm): Two lanes are closed to carry out traffic shifts with periodic stops.

Virginia Route 286 North and South at I-66, Friday and Saturday nights (9pm to 8pm):
Two lanes are closed for bridge work with periodic stops of up to 20 minutes.

I-66 West ramp to Stringfellow Road, Friday and Saturday nights (10pm to 6pm): The ramp closes. Stringfellow is reduced to a single lane, with alternating traffic and periodic stops of up to 15 minutes.

Virginia Route 28 South to I-66 West, Friday night (22:00 to 04:00) and Saturday night (midnight to 5 am): The ramp will be closed, with traffic detouring further south to leave US Route 29 South. Drive about one mile and follow the signs for I-66 West.

Ramp from Braddock and Walney roads to I-66 West, overnight stays (midnight to 4am) to Saturday: The ramp will be closed to traffic on Virginia Route 28 South. Exit US Route 29 South, drive about one mile, then follow signs for I-66 West.

Ramp from I-66 East to US Route 29 Centerville, overnight stays (22:00 to 04:00) to Friday: The ramp closes and detours further east to Virginia Route 28 North. Turn left onto Braddock / Walney Road. Turn left onto Braddock Road West. Follow the signs to the left onto I-66 West, then back to US Route 29 Centerville.

I-66 both ways before and after Virginia Route 234 Sudley Road Manassas, overnight (from approximately 9pm to 7am) until Friday: Three lanes will be closed for paving and survey work.

Maryland

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, a new reconstruction project will begin Sunday night in Prince George’s County on the Capital Beltway. Crews will work in the evenings between Arena Drive and Richie Marlboro Road through the fall.

From kl. 21.00 this Sunday on the outer loop, the process of milling the top layer of asphalt is set to start overnight stays (21.00 to 5.00) weekly, Sunday to Thursday. This work requires roadblocks if the weather allows it. Motorists using this stretch of Beltway should be prepared for any off-peak work from 9am to 3pm weekdays.

In Silver Spring, work has begun on utility shifts along Wayne Avenue (Maryland 594A) from Fenton Street to Sligo Creek Parkway. This work will now take place from kl. 7 to 17, daily and on weekends as needed. Overnight stays will take place periodically as planned by utilities.

You can expect temporary lane and sidewalk closures with marking operations in place as needed.

Purple Line work continues as well. Find details on the Purple Line website.

Metro

Work on the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project continues through December 4, closing the Rockville and Shady Grove stations. There is a free shuttle bus, and both Metrobus and RideOn buses allow travel between Shady Grove and Rockville. Find more information about these options here.

Metrorail runs on a normal weekend schedule that opens at. 7 and closes at 01.00 Saturday evening and midnight Sunday evening. Trains serve 89 of 91 stations with scheduled service adjustments on the blue, orange and silver lines.

Weekend summary of service:

Red line:

  • Shady Grove and Rockville stations are closed through December 4th.
  • Buses replace trains with free transportation between Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook.
  • Trains only run between Twinbrook and Glenmont.

Blue and orange lines:

  • Trains will be single tracking between McPherson Square and the Smithsonian due to scheduled maintenance.

Silver line:

  • Trains only run between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston due to scheduled maintenance. Transfer to Orange Line to continue the trip.

Green and yellow lines:

  • Trains run on normal service.

Under federal law and for your own and others’ safety, customers are required to wear face masks or cloth masks while traveling on the subway.

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