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Weekend Wakeup: Road closures and Columbus Day

Monday - 10/14/2013, 6:28am  ET

WASHINGTON -- Big events and an Orange Line closure are the big things to consider when making travel plans this weekend.

On the east side of the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory from Friday night at 10 p.m. through Metro's closing Sunday night.

Metro is also doing track work this weekend on the Red Line between Twinbrook and Grosvenor, but trains will run through the area. Trains will run every 16 to 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with extra trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For Columbus Day on Monday, Metro plans to run a Saturday schedule, but the system will open at 5 a.m. There is no track work scheduled Monday.

Parking at Metro lots is free on Columbus Day. (See more details below.)

Weekend Events

Expect extra traffic on Route 50 as thousands of people are expected to flock to Annapolis for the annual sailboat show. Organizers recommend parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Parking there is $10 with a free shuttle running to Church Circle and City Dock. There are several other places to park along the Annapolis Circulator route.

This is also the second-to-last weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, which could add even more traffic. If considering attending, remember that tickets bought online are not refundable even if it is raining.

On Saturday, the Charles County Sheriff's Office expects delays in White Plains due to a funeral service. Several hundred people are expected at the New Life Church, with the procession departing sometime around 11 a.m. The procession is expected to take 301 South to Washington Ave, and eventually take Route 5 (Mattawoman Beantown Rd.) to Trinity Memorial Gardens. There could be delays for other drivers between White Plains and Waldorf.

Also in Charles County Saturday, the Town of La Plata is scheduled to have a parade, and a bike ride will be held in Bryans Road.

Several high schools across the Washington area are also holding homecoming parades this weekend which could impact traffic on local roads.

In the District, a number of roads will be closed.

Taste of DC is Saturday and Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue. between Freedom Plaza and 9th St. NW. In addition to Pennsylvania Avenue, cross streets will be closed between E St. and Constitution Avenue. The closures begin Friday at midnight, and are scheduled to last until 11 p.m. Sunday.

Streets will also be closed around the International Monetary Fund and Wold Bank from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m Sunday. That includes the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 18th Street and 20th Street NW, H Street NW and G Street NW between 18th and 20th streets, and 18th, 19th and 20th streets at Pennsylvania Ave.

On Sunday morning, roads will be closed near Judiciary Square and the north side of the Capitol for the National Law Enforcement Run to Remember 5k. The 400 block of F Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Other streets, including Independence Avenue from 3rd Street SW to 1st Street SW will be closed from 7:15 a.m to 8:30 a.m Sunday.

In Arlington, roads will be closed Sunday morning for the Race for the Cause 8K:

  • North Quincy Street from Glebe Road to Wilson Boulevard will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Eastbound Wilson Boulevard from Quincy Street to North 10th Street will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Eastbound North 10th Street to Washington Boulevard will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Southbound Washington Boulevard from North 10th Street to Rt. 244 will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

There are temporary parking restrictions on the route all weekend, so be on the lookout for signs.

The Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church moves its annual Greek festival to Silver Spring this weekend. The festival runs all afternoon Saturday and Sunday, and is expected to draw sizable crowds to the area near New Hampshire Avenue and Norwood Road.

In Baltimore, the Baltimore Running Festival will take over the roads on Saturday. 27,000 runners from around the world take off between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a marathon, half-marathon, relay or 5k. Marathon runners start and finish near M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards, and run past the Maryland Zoo, Johns Hopkins, Clifton and Patterson Parks and the Inner Harbor. Expect extra traffic in the city, and on I-95, Route 29 and Route 1.

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