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Road work suspended for holiday weekend; Metro to close stations

Thursday - 9/1/2011, 10:17pm  ET

Weekend Wakeup Call - Friday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 5

WASHINGTON - Happy Labor Day weekend. The weekend is one of the most heavily traveled of the year, so be prepared for lots of company on the highway.

AAA Mid-Atlantic expects nearly 654,000 people from the Washington area will hit the highways this weekend.

ROAD WORK SUSPENDED

With many expected to travel for the long weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures in temporary work zones on highways throughout the state for the Labor Day weekend.

The lane closures will be lifted from noon Friday until noon Tuesday.

Permanent construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.

VDOT says travel delays can be expected in construction zones on Interstate 64 in Alleghany County, I-77 in Carroll County, I-295 in Henrico County and I-81 in Roanoke County.

BAY BRIDGE

Road work also is suspended in Maryland. Heavy traffic is expected this weekend as folks take advantage of the unofficial end of summer and head to the Delmarva beaches.

If your trip takes you across the Bay Bridge, the best times to travel are as follows:

  • Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sunday and Labor Day Monday before 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX

In Maryland, the Baltimore Grand Prix will mean some roads in the city will be closed.

Expect major delays in you need to take the Fort McHenry Tunnel or I-95 and I-395 in Baltimore. More than 150,000 people will go to the Grand Prix this weekend, and morethan 357,000 will travel through the tunnel.

To see which roads will be closed in Baltimore, click here.

For what to expect at the Grand Prix, click here.

METRO

Metro will do major track work on sections of the Orange and Blue lines over Labor Day weekend. Buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church as work continues on the Dulles rail extension project.

In addition, Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed as Metro installs new track switches on the Blue Line near Van Dorn Street. Shuttle buses will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Eisenhower Avenue stations via Van Dorn Street Station.

Orange Line

  • From 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, through closing on Monday, Sept. 5, buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations to allow for construction that will eventually connect the Dulles extension to the existing Metrorail system.

  • East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations will remain open.

  • Free shuttle buses will operate between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations.

  • The last train will depart Vienna 20 minutes earlier than usual, at 2:08 a.m., on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:08 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Between Vienna and West Falls Church stations, trains will operate every 24 minutes and share one track while personnel replace cross ties and insulators.

  • Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time.

  • Normal rail service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Blue Line

  • From 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, through closing on Monday, September 5, Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed as Metro installs new track switches between Van Dorn Street and King Street stations.

  • All Blue Line trains will operate to and from Huntington station, with service about every 20 minutes.

  • Free shuttle buses will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Eisenhower Avenue stations via Van Dorn Street station.

  • Customers using shuttle buses should allow 30 minutes of additional travel time.

  • Normal rail service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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