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Getting around Washington on the weekends typically becomes a little easier during the cold winter months. With lower temperatures comes lower highway volumes. Further, there are fewer outdoor events to draw large crowds and road work slows.
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The good news for the long holiday weekend - all major road construction is suspended in Virginia, Maryland, and the District from 12 p.m. Friday through 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Warm temperatures may lure more people into Downtown over the weekend, many who might opt to take Metro. But better to stick with the roads rather than the rails as Metro moves forward with its scheduled track work.
All eyes will be on the Beltway this weekend, as the 495 Express Lanes make their debut between Braddock Road and the Dulles Toll Road in advance of the Monday morning rush hour.
This Columbus Day weekend brings construction delays on Metrorail and the Capital Beltway and closures along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Expect major delays on Metro rail this weekend. The Green line will see the worst of the delays with three station closures.
It's projected to be another lovely weekend so try to stay out of your cars and definitely don't plan on driving anywhere near the Wilson Bridge on the Outer Loop.
While Cherry Blossom activities continue, another D.C. spring ritual that could bring potential traffic snarls is the IMF/World Bank Spring Meeting.
A number of D.C. roads will close as early as 3 a.m. Saturday for the 2012 Rock 'n' Roll SunTrust National Marathon.