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Weekend Wakeup: Ongoing Beltway work and New York Avenue closures

Friday - 2/24/2012, 5:08pm  ET

Amy Freedman, wtop.com

Weekend Wakeup: Feb. 24 - 26

This weekend there's ongoing Capital Beltway Megaproject work in Virginia, as well as New York Avenue bridge work. In the District, the H street corridor should be hopping with the Intersections Arts Festival. In Chantilly, the Capitol Home and Garden show is the big weekend event and in Annapolis, restaurant week continues into this weekend. Oh, and that little statue called Oscar takes the stage on Sunday night, so expect Oscar viewing parties all around the D.C. metro area.

Virginia Megaprojects work this weekend

The big Outer Loop at Interstate 66 westbound work that was supposed to begin Saturday is now starting Thursday night, but WTOP will keep you posted if crews decide to continue that work into the weekend. Other Beltway work scheduled:

  • I-495 Inner Loop at I-66, Exit 49. Three right lanes will close starting at 10:30 p.m. on Friday Feb. 24 until 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, with Total Temporary Closures (TTCs) after midnight. On Saturday, Feb. 25, closures begin at 10 p.m. going until 9 a.m. the next day with TTCs after midnight.

  • I-495 Inner Loop ramp to Gallows Rd, Exit 51. There will be Total Temporary Closures starting Friday, Feb. 24 from midnight to 9 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from midnight to 9 a.m. to put a traffic shift in place.

  • I-495 Inner Loop from Little River Turnpike, Exit 52, to Gallows Road, Exit 51. Three right lanes will be closed with closures after midnight, starting Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. On Saturday, the closures will begin at 9:30 p.m. lasting until 9 a.m. the following day.

Here's a full list of closures.

New York Ave Bridge work continues

The District Department of Transportation continues the New York Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project this weekend. Westbound New York Avenue will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, re-opening at 5 a.m. Monday. Eastbound New York Avenue will have one lane running at those times. A single lane will run both eastbound and westbound on New York Avenue from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26.

Metro Track work this weekend

Red Line:

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Red Line trains will single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit module replacement and between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue for DDOT bridge work.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 16 minutes.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Grosvenor and New York Avenue, resulting in trains every 8 minutes between those stations.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Orange Line:

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Orange Line trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail fastener renewal, tie replacement and station rehabilitation work, and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church for testing associated with the Dulles rail project.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.
Blue Line:
  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Blue Line trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail fastener renewal, tie replacement and station rehabilitation work.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line:

  • Green Line trains will single track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue to allow for rail and fastener renewal.
  • Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line:

  • Due to schedule coordination with Green Line track work (above), Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Huntington and Fort Totten throughout the weekend.
  • Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Weekend Events

Intersections Art Festival
Through March 11. Atlas Performing Arts Center. The arts festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., features visual art, film screenings, literary readings and dance, musical and dramatic productions by more than 30 artists and cultural institutions.

Capital Home & Garden Show
Feb. 24 - 26. Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Va. Enjoy a one-stop shopping resource with hundreds of exhibits with the latest remodeling and decorating products and services.

Annapolis Restaurant Week
Through Feb. 26. Dozens of restaurants in historic and greater Annapolis will be offering three-course, price fixed meal selections at a cost of $15.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner.

Oscar party listings
The following places are having Oscar-viewing parties: The Heights, •Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community and The Helix.

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