This weekend offers typical Metro track work and road closures that make crisscrossing the region a challenge. Here’s what intrepid travelers should know before setting out:
Metro riders should build in extra time on their weekend trips if they are riding on the Orange, Blue or Red lines because of scheduled track work that begins at 10 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday.
- The transit agency is replacing a switch at Rosslyn station, which will cause major delays for riders between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom on the Blue Line and Court House and Foggy Bottom on the Orange Line. Trains will be sharing a single track in the area, so riders should add at least 40 minutes in planning their trips.
- Riders passing through Shady Grove and Twinbrook will face delays as the agency repairs the Rockville station platform. Metro urges adding 30 minutes to any trip schedule.
- Riders traveling between New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations will also face delays for work to the elevated tracks. Metro estimates the work will delay riders about 20 minutes.
Bikes will be taking over parts of downtown D.C. on Sunday, fast ones at that, so drivers should steer clear of the downtown area around Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Capital Criterium bike race runs from 8 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m., but street closures in the area will run from about 3 a.m. Sunday until 5 p.m., according to the District Department of Transportation.
Here’s a map of the race course. The following roads are slated to be closed, though those could change:
- Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 9th Street to 14th Street
- E Street, NW from 10th Street to 14th Street
- F Street, NW from 11th Street to 14th Street
- 13th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, to G Street
- 12th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue, to G Street
- 11th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, to F Street
- 10th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue, to E Street
District officials also warn drivers to keep an eye out for bikes and pedestrians in the surrounding area as large crowds are expected.