Dave Dildine, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Fair skies and milder weather should lure more of Washington out of hibernation and onto the roads this weekend.
Weekend volume delays have been steadily intensifying through hotspots such as Interstate 66 in Fairfax, the Baltimore Washington Parkway in Greenbelt and Interstate 95 between Lorton and Dale City as springtime nears.
Road work should have a minimal impact on travel this weekend. But Metro has a full docket of track work planned and delays are likely on all five rail lines.
Saint Patrick's Day revelry is also picking up across the region. In addition to the many pub crawls slated this weekend at various bars throughout the city, the Manassas Saint Patrick's Day Parade will march down Center Street on Saturday.
Track work on Metrorail
Metro customers will ride through work zones on portions of all five lines throughout the weekend. Most of the track work will require single tracking, as inbound and outbound trains share the same set of tracks. As usual, the work begins around 10 p.m. Friday and will last through closing time late Sunday.
A portion of the Blue and Orange lines will be closed east of Stadium-Armory for rail and platform upgrades. Free shuttle buses will be available instead of trains.
Metro riders who are planning a night on the town Saturday will want to keep a close eye on the clock.
The last trains will depart before 1:59 a.m. because of Daylight Saving Time. At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will spring ahead to 3 a.m., which is Metrorail's normal closing time.
Trains will also leave earlier than normal Friday and Saturday because of nighttime track work.
- Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly
- Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed
- Local buses will makes stops at all stations between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly with delays up to 30 minutes possible
- Express buses will run directly between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly with delays up to 20 minutes possible
- The last trains of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 50 minutes earlier than normal
- Trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church
- Trains between Vienna and Stadium-Armory will run at 20-minute intervals
- Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road but both stations will remain open
- Buses will run directly between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road with delays up to 15 minutes possible
- The last trains of the night from Largo Town Center to Benning Road will depart 14 minutes earlier than normal
- Trains will single track between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue
- Trains will run at a minimum of 20-minute intervals
- Delays up to 10 minutes are possible between Rhode Island Avenue and Glenmont
- Trains will single track between L'Enfant Plaza and Mt Vernon Square
- Yellow Line trains will run at 20-minute intervals between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square
- Green Line trains will run at 20-minute intervals between Branch Avenue and Greenbelt
- Delays up to 10 minutes are possible
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manassas
Old Town Manassas will host its 14th annual Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Parts of Quarry Road, Prescott Avenue, Center Street and West Street will be closed to travel during the parade. Follow the posted detour signs and police direction, if available.
Those who are driving to the event should use the city's municipal parking lots located on Prince William Street, near Osborn High School, City Hall, and on Church Street.
The parade features the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico Color Guard, local elected officials, Prince William County law enforcement, American Legion Post 10, the Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum and many other local groups.
Road work ahead
Road work is not expected to have a major impact on travel this weekend.
On Friday night, the eastbound Dulles Airport Access Highway will be closed between Dulles Airport and the Main Toll Plaza in Tysons Corner for work related to Metro's Silver Line extension. The main lanes on the Dulles Toll Road will remain open. Late night air travelers who are driving away from the airport on Route 267 are expected to pay the $1.75 toll at the main toll plaza. The work starts at midnight and lasts until 5 a.m. Saturday.
The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will be closed again this weekend between Dumfries and Duke Street for construction. Despite a few single-lane closures in the mainline along this stretch, delays are not expected as the work will not begin until well after the Friday evening rush winds down.
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