Weekend Wakeup: Major events, Major closures

Amy Freedman, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – This weekend features major events including the The Army Ten Miler, the Best Buddies Challenge D.C. bicycle event and the Women in Military Service for America 15th Anniversary Vigil.

Part of B/W Parkway overnight closure extended all day Saturday

This weekend the Baltimore Washington Parkway is closed northbound Saturday at the West Nursery Road overpass north of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport because of a problem with a bridge project.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says drivers should use I-95, Route 1 or Route 29.

The project involves replacing the two West Nursery Road bridges over the parkway. While removing the northbound deck early this morning, the load shifted and cannot be wheeled away.

The bridge deck is being re-secured and will be tested to make sure that it’s safe late Saturday. That decision will come later Saturday or Sunday morning.

Lane closures will begin again Saturday night at 9 p.m. with the full closure in place by 11 p.m. If you are traveling to the airport from the south you WILL be able to exit at I-195 to the airport but traveling from the north the last chance to exit will be 1-695 the Baltimore Beltway. If you continue to West Nursery Road you will be detoured along the West Nursery Road ramps. In anticipation of delays you may want to use I-95, MD 29 or U.S. Route 1 as alternate north-south routes. I-97 is also an option from points east.

I-270 Frederick County paving

On I-270 between Rt 80 Urbana and Rt 109 Hyattstown, one lane in each direction will be closed from 9p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. This means that in that stretch I-270 will have only one lane running in each direction.

Rockville Pike resurfacing

Southbound Rockville Pike Route 355 near Tuckerman Lane, 2 left lanes will be closed starting Friday at 9 p.m. until Saturday at 2 p.m. for resurfacing

Route 50 John Hanson Highway paving

Friday night at 11 p.m., three lanes will be closed on Route 50 eastbound between MD 197 Collington Road and Rt 3/301 in Bowie. Lane closures will continue throughout the weekend until work is completed by 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Dulles Access Road westbound full closure

The Dulles Access Road westbound will be closed between Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday night and then again from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday morning for pedestrian bridge work.


Metro will open at 5 a.m. Sunday October 21, for the Army Ten Miler.

Friday 10 p.m. through Sunday the system has closures:

  • Red Line: Buses will replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights Stations
  • Orange Line: Buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations
  • Green Line: Trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park


Saturday October 20:

Best Buddies Challenge The following streets will be closed as early as 6:00 a.m. and expected to reopen by 11:30 a.m.:

  • Clara Barton Parkway , Chain Bridge Road to Glen Echo (turn-a-round) access to MacArthur Boulevard NW (closed 6:00 am – 930 am)
  • Canal Road, – from 36th Street to Chain Bridge Road NW (closed 6:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • M Street NW Eastbound from Reservoir Road (closed 6:00 am-10:00 am)
  • Reservoir Road – from V Street to Canal Road (minimal access to Fletcher’s Boat House, follow police direction)
  • Whitehurst Freeway NW (closed 6:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • M Street -will be open westbound (M Street will be closed eastbound only from Canal Street to the Key Bridge) (closed 6:00 am – 10:00am)
  • Ohio Drive SW (access to Potomac Golf Course only)
  • Memorial Bridge (completely open) NW (closed 6:00 am-10:30 am)
  • Independence Avenue-from 14th Street to 23rd Street (closed 6:00 am-10:30 am)
  • 17th Street – from Independence Avenue to D Street SW (closed 6:00 am – 10:30 am)
  • 15th Street – from Maine Avenue to E Street SW (closed 6:00 am – 10:30 am)
  • 15th Street – from Independence Avenue SW to Constitution Avenue NW (closed 3:30 am – 12:30 pm)
  • 3rd Street – from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW (closed 6:00 am – 10:30 am)
  • 14th Street – from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW (closed 6:00 am – 11:30 am)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street and 15th Street NW (closed 6:00 am to 11:30 am)
  • Jefferson Drive – from 3rd Street to 7th Street SW (closed 6:00am-10:30 am)
  • Madison Drive – from 3rd Street to 15th Street NW (6:00am-10:30 am)
  • East Basin Drive-395 South ramp to Ohio Drive river side SW (closed 6:00 am-10:30am)
  • Buckeye Drive-395 North to Ohio Drive river side SW (closed 6:00 am-10:30am)
  • Constitution Avenue NW – from 23rd Street to 3rd Street NW (closed 6:00 am – 10:30 am)
  • 395 ramp to Maine Avenue SW (closed 6:00 am – 10:30 am)

Howard University Homecoming Parade

The following streets will be closed beginning at 9:30 a.m. and should reopen by 1:00 p.m.:

  • North on 6th Street to Fairmont Street, NW
  • West on Fairmont Street to Georgia Avenue, NW
  • South on Georgia Avenue to Florida Avenue, NW
  • Southeast on Florida Avenue to 5th Street, NW
  • North on 5th Street to T Street, NW
  • East on T Street to Anna Cooper Circle, NW
  • Southeast around the circle to 3rd Street, NW
  • North on 3rd Street to Elm Street, NW
  • East on Elm Street to 2nd Street, NW
  • North on 2nd Street to Bryant Street, NW
  • West on Bryant Street to 4th Street, NW
  • North on 4th Street to the Valley (where parade will disband)

Janney Elementary 5K

While not as large as some of the other events this weekend, this race will affect you if you live in the Tenleytown neighborhood. The following roadways will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 a.m. The race will form at Janney Elementary on Abermarle and 42nd Street NW, and will proceed over the following route:

  • West on Albemarle Street to 42nd Street, NW
  • South on 42nd Street to Van Ness Street to 46th Street, NW
  • North on 46th Street to Albemarle Street, NW
  • West on Albemarle Street to 49th Street, NW where the runners will u-turn and return on the same route where they will disband back at Janney Elementary

Women in Military Service for America 15th Anniversary Vigil

Participants will walk from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery across the Arlington Memorial Bridge starting at 6:45 p.m.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Arlington Memorial Bridge Memorial Circle and Memorial Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Sunday October 20:

28th Annual Army Ten Miler

The race route will begin along Washington Boulevard (Route 27) in Arlington, Virginia and cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge into the District of Columbia. Once in the District of Columbia, runners will take the following route with the race also concluding in Arlington, Virginia:

The following streets will be intermittently closed along the race route beginning approximately at 7:30 a.m. and should reopen by 12:00 p.m.

  • Crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge around Lincoln Circle to Henry Bacon Drive
  • East on Constitution Avenue, NW
  • North on 19th Street, NW
  • West on Virginia Avenue, NW
  • South on Rock Creek Parkway, NW to Ohio Drive, SW
  • East on Independence Avenue, SW (runners will take the Westbound side)
  • Northeast on Maryland Ave SW
  • South on 1st Street, NW (crossing Peace Circle and Garfield Circle)
  • West on Independence Avenue, SW (runners will stay on the left side)
  • South on 14th Street, NW to Interstate 395

The streets will immediately reopen once the runners complete their return portion of the route.

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