Heads up: Weekend paving projects, road closures

Tim Bracken, wtop.com
Weekend Wakeup Call – Friday, April 27 to Monday, April 30

The Cherry Blossom Festival is over, but there won’t be any shortage of fun events. The D.C. Convention Center hosts the Science and Engineering Festival. There will be two charity walks in the District, and Anacostia Park will host a jazz festival. In Reston, the Great Grapes Wine Festival will help support a good cause.

There will be lots of construction to watch out for: Closures on Interstate 95 and Interstate 495, paving and maintenance in the District, and a significant intersection will be closed in Merrifield.

14th Street Bridge paving

Starting at 8 p.m. Friday and continuing through 3 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting, paving activities will have both sides of the 14th Street Bridge High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes will be closed.

Metro track work

Metro will continue weekend track work, starting at 10 p.m. Friday through system closing on Sunday.

Red Line:

Trains will run every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont. On Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., trains will operate every 12 minutes between Farragut North and New York Avenue only.

Blue Line:

Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn stations. Arlington Cemetery will be closed. Blue Line trains will operate in two sections: between Franconia-Springfield and Mt. Vernon Square (via the Yellow Line bridge), and between Foggy Bottom and Largo Town Center.

Paving in Adams Morgan

Through sometime next week, the District Department of Transportation will continue a paving project in Adams Morgan between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Traffic will be alternating using a single lane in the following intersections:

  • Florida Avenue and U Street NW;
  • 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Belmont Road NW;
  • Adjacent portions of Vernon Street, California Street, Wyoming Avenue, Kalorama Road, and Belmont Road.

Beach Drive closure continues Friday

On Friday, maintenance crews will be repairing and cleaning the tunnel on Beach Drive in Northwest near the National Zoo. If your regular daytime commute includes Beach Drive between Piney Branch Parkway and the Rock Creek Parkway, here’s what you need to know:

  • Beach Drive NW will be closed between Porter Street and the Rock Creek Parkway.
  • Closures will be in place in both directions each day between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Southbound Beach drive traffic will be diverted to Porter Street.
  • Northbound Rock Creek Parkway traffic will be diverted at to Cathedral Avenue.
  • Message boards will be in place to reroute drivers.

Science and Engineering Festival

The Science and Engineering Festival will be at the D.C. Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. Get ready for more than 3,000 interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and celebrities, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Anacostia River & Jazz Festival

http://www.nps.gov/anac/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=169685-136211 Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — Head over to the Anacostia Park Skating Pavillion. for a free festival. In addition to live jazz performances, you can take a canoe ride on the river or go for a bike ride around Anacostia Park.

Walk to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a 5K walk will start near the Rosslyn Metro and end at Logan Circle in the District.

Walk for Hope

At 10 a.m. Saturday, participants in the Walk for Hope will line up at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW, taking a three-mile route around the United States Capitol Complex.

Merrifield construction closure

The intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday through mid-afternoon Sunday. Signs will detour drivers around the intersection via Prosperity Avenue, Gallows Road, Providence Forest Drive, Hartland Road, Lee Highway and Porter Road.

Dulles Toll Road construction

Closures continue on the Dulles Toll Road Friday night:

  • Three left lanes will be blocked leaving one right lane getting by on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road, Route 267, between Beulah Road and Route 7 Leesburg Pike.
  • The closure will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. both nights. The ramp from eastbound Route 7 onto the eastbound Toll Road will remain open.
  • This closure is to complete that last stretch of the Metro flyover bridge that crosses both the Toll Road and Route 7.

Beltway/I-95 construction

Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. — Watch for continued closures related to the Express Lanes Project:

Great Grapes Wine Festival

http://www.uncorkthefun.com/reston-virginia/site-info Saturday and Sunday in Reston, check out the Great Grapes Wine Festival for wine, food, and live music. This year, the festival supports the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

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