Veterans Day events, Metro track work, FotoWeek DC wrapping up, ICC ramp closure

Weekend Wakeup Call – Friday, Nov. 11 to Monday, Nov. 14

WASHINGTON – This weekend is all about Veterans Day events and Metro work. The relative calm of the federal holiday will be followed by another crazy Metro weekend, complete with full closures of 4 stations. FotoWeek DC is wrapping up, and the ICC ramp to Norbeck Road will be permanently closed on Friday.

FotoWeek DC

FotoWeek DC will be coming to a close this weekend with a couple of great events. Outernational DC will take place at FotoWeek Central (the old Borders at 1800 L Street NW) this Friday, and will feature documentary imagery along with music by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. On Saturday, the Portfolio Review event will allow emerging photographers to have their work reviewed by industry professionals.

Veterans Day

There will be a plethora of Veterans Day events for Friday, including a parade in Manassas, ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Navy Memorial. The Mount Vernon Estate will have a wreath-laying ceremony followed by performances by the Harmony Heritage Singers (an all-veteran barbershop chorus) and the U.S. Air Force Strings.

Public transportation for Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, there are some changes to public transportation schedules. Metrorail is on a Saturday schedule. Virginia Railway Express and MARC are not in service. Click here for the list.

Metro track work continues

Due to the holiday on Friday, the weekend Metro work will be in place a day early, and this weekend will be another doozy. Be prepared for 4 stations to be closed: Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights. The track work will begin Thursday at 10 p.m. and run through closing on Sunday. The Shady Grove and Rockville stations will close at 11 p.m. Saturday for maintenance as well. Here’s the full rundown from Metro:

Green and Yellow Line – from 10 p.m., Thursday through closing on Sunday

  • From 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, through closing on Sunday, Nov. 13, buses will replace Green Line trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue stations to allow for NTSB-recommended switch replacement.
  • Four stations will be closed: Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights.
  • Green Line trains will operate in two sections — between Greenbelt and Huntington and between Branch Avenue and Southern Avenue.
  • Free “local” shuttle bus service will operate between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue with stops at Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights.
  • Free “express” shuttle bus service will operate between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue with an intermediate stop at Anacostia.
  • Last trains through the work zone:
    • Northbound: Departs from Branch Ave. at 9:25 pm, L’Enfant at 9:44 pm, arriving Greenbelt at 10:12 pm.
    • Southbound: Departs from Greenbelt at 9:11 pm, Southern Ave at 9:50 pm, arriving Branch Ave at 9:58 pm.
  • The last train will depart Branch Avenue 20 minutes earlier than usual—at 11:04 p.m. on Thursday night, 2:04 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 11:04 p.m. on Sunday night.
  • Customers using shuttle buses should allow 30 minutes of additional travel time.
  • Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Greenbelt throughout the weekend.
  • Normal rail service will resume on Monday, November 14.

Shady Grove and Rockville Stations – from 11 p.m. Saturday through system closing

  • Shady Grove and Rockville stations will close at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, to allow for necessary signal system repairs.
  • Free shuttle buses will operate between Shady Grove and Twinbrook with a stop at the Rockville.
  • Customers using shuttle buses should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.
  • The two affected stations will reopen for service at 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

ICC access to Norbeck Rd to be removed

The Maryland State Highway Administration will close access from the ICC/Md. 200 to Norbeck Rd. The temporary ramp from eastbound Md. 200 and the traffic signal will be removed to allow for construction of permanent sidewalk and a new bike path along Norbeck Road and over the newly constructed Norbeck Road bridge.

Friday morning, traffic will be shifted to the permanent lane configuration.  Eastbound and westbound Norbeck Road will revert back to a single-lane operation between Baileys Lane and Wintergate Drive. All traffic on the ICC will exit at Georgia Avenue/Md. 97. Westbound Norbeck Road traffic will continue to be directed to use the Georgia Avenue/ICC interchange for access to the westbound ICC.

George Washington Parkway closure

From 6 a.m. Saturday through 10 p.m. Sunday, rock stabilization work will close both northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway between the Spout Run Parkway and Route 123/Chain Bridge Road. Northbound traffic will be diverted onto Spout Run Parkway.

Drivers are encouraged to use Route 50 west or the exit at Spout Run Parkway to Route 29 south and follow I-66 west to access I-495.

Beltway and Telegraph Road Closures

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project will affect traffic patterns this weekend. Here’s the rundown:

9 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Sunday:

  • Inner Loop (I-95/495 South) local lanes will narrow to one lane (alternating lanes) between Route 1 and Telegraph Road
  • Only one local lane will be open at all times
  • On-ramps from both directions of Route 1 to the Inner Loop local lanes will also be closed
  • If you’re headed to Duke Street or the Eisenhower Valley, take Route 1

Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • On-ramps from both directions of Telegraph Road to the Outer Loop (I-95/495 North) will be closed

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