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Gold Cup, road and bridge work to bungle weekend traffic

Friday - 5/3/2013, 3:38pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Weekenders out and about for Cinco de Mayo activities should be on alert for potential slow-downs. There will be opportunities for delays on the roads and rails across the region this weekend.

Metro continues its rebuilding efforts on parts of the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines. Nine stations will be closed because of the work. Meanwhile, the Interstate 95 Express Lanes Project will intensify construction efforts. The Interstate 95/395 HOV lanes will be closed early Saturday and portions of the HOV lanes will remain closed through Sunday.

Metrorail Track Work

Work on four rail lines will result in service changes on Metro this weekend. Buses will replace trains and a few stations will be closed on the Red Line and Green Line. Trains will share tracks on portions of the Orange and Blue lines.

The work will take place between 10 p.m. Friday through system closing Sunday night. There is no scheduled work on the Yellow Line and trains are expected to operate at normal intervals.

Red Line

  • Buses replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten stations.
  • Five stations will be closed: Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma.
  • Express buses will operate non-stop between Glenmont and Fort Totten stations. Customers using express buses should add about 30 minutes to their travel time.
  • Local buses will make intermediate stops at all closed stations. Customers using local buses should add up to 50 minutes to their travel time.

Orange Line

  • Trains will single track between Clarendon and Foggy Bottom and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly.
  • Trains will operate every 26 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton.
  • Customers will experience a longer wait on station platforms.

Blue Line

  • Trains will single track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom.
  • Trains will operate every 26 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center
  • Customers will experience a longer wait on station platforms.

Green Line

  • Buses will replace Green Line trains between Congress Heights and Branch Avenue on Saturday.
  • Four stations will be closed: Branch Avenue, Suitland, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue.
  • Express buses will operate non-stop between Branch Avenue and Congress Heights stations. Customers using express buses should add about 25 minutes to their travel time.
  • Local buses will make intermediate stops at Suitland, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations. Customers using local buses should add up to 50 minutes to their travel time.
  • On Sunday, trains will single track between Branch Avenue and Congress Heights to allow for necessary track upgrades and renewal. Trains will operate every 30 minutes between Branch Avenue and Greenbelt.

I-95 Express Lanes Project

For the second weekend in a row, the I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will be closed as a part of the 95 Express Lanes extension project. The entire stretch will be closed to traffic from Dumfries to the 14th Street Bridge from 11 p.m. on Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The lanes will be available for southbound travel beginning late Saturday morning from Springfield to Dumfries on I-95. They will remain closed on I-395 through 10 a.m. on Sunday.

When the HOV lanes on both I-95 and I-395 fully reopen late Sunday morning, traffic will move northbound and continue northbound through Monday morning's rush hour without reversing.

Expect volume delays to begin taking hold early Saturday morning on I-95 through Dale City and Woodbridge until the HOV lanes reopen. Northbound congestion will likely persist from Quantico to Woodbridge through Saturday evening as the lanes will be oriented southbound. Daytime delays will be possible on I-395 during the day on Saturday, particularly north of Route 236 and Seminary Road.

The I-95 Express Lanes Project is one of Virginia's most expensive "Megaprojects." The HOV lanes are being transformed into dynamically tolled lanes, similar to the 495 Express Lanes, and will extend into northern Stafford County.

In-Town Work Zones

  • On Saturday, construction will affect travel on the Suitland Parkway in Southeast Washington. Milling and paving work will force inbound traffic into a single lane from the Alabama Avenue overpass to the Stanton Road intersection. In addition, lane closures are possible on the parkway both ways at Firth Sterling Avenue SE.

  • Delays are possible between Branch Avenue and Interstate 295, especially during the daytime hours on Saturday. The work is scheduled to occur between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Demolition work will block 11th Street SE between M Street and K Street through the weekend. The final components on the old flyover ramp from the Southeast Freeway to the old, outbound 11th Street Bridge will be dismantled. A short detour will be well assigned and the closure is not expected to cause any significant delays.
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