Red Line shutdown, road closures this weekend

Passengers board a Metro 7000 Series rail car on the Red Line. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — Major Metro track work slows riders on five of six lines this weekend, and there are some significant road closures planned around the area.


The Red Line is shut down Saturday and Sunday between Van Ness-UDC and Dupont Circle.

The Cleveland Park and Woodley Park stations are closed, and are scheduled to be closed again next weekend too.

Shuttle buses are scheduled between Van Ness and Dupont with stops at Cleveland Park, the National Zoo and Woodley Park. Outside of the shutdown area, the Red Line is scheduled every 10 minutes most of the day and every 15 minutes after 9 p.m.

On the Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow lines, various single-tracking areas reduce scheduled service to every 24 minutes on each line this weekend. The Yellow Line is also cut back to only run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square.

There is no scheduled Green Line track work.


Among other closures for weekend events, the rain-or-shine DC Bike Ride is scheduled to close roads in the District Saturday morning.

Closures will range from as early as 12 a.m. through as late as noon close along the 20-mile ride near the National Mall, including Rock Creek Parkway past the Kennedy Center, Independence Ave. SW between 14th and 23rd streets, the Whitehurst Freeway, E Street Expressway, 14th Street Southwest from the 14th Street Bridge to Independence Avenue, the 14th Street Bridge 395 HOV lanes, and the 395 South exit ramp from the 9th Street tunnel.

In Arlington, part of South Eads Street is also scheduled to be closed.

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For drivers heading to college graduation ceremonies at Georgetown or George Washington, the D.C. police suggest using the Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Canal and Foxhall Road, Clara Barton Parkway, Wisconsin Avenue, K Street or M Street.

Commencement events at both schools continue through Sunday, when G.W. has its university-wide ceremony on the National Mall.

On Sunday, roads in the Capitol Hill area will be closed for the annual Capitol Hill Classic race.

Closures in Northeast and Southeast include Maryland Avenue, East Capitol Street from 3rd Street to 22nd Street, and areas around Stanton Park.

Due to the race, the D.C. police are requiring residents to move all cars off:

  • C Street Northeast from 4th Street Northeast to 6th Street Northeast (both north and south side)
  • 4th Street Northeast from Massachusetts Avenue to Maryland Avenue Northeast
  • 6th Street Northeast from Massachusetts Avenue to Maryland Avenue Northeast
  • Maryland Avenue Northeast from 4th Street Northeast to 3rd Street Northeast
  • 3rd Street Northeast from Maryland Avenue Northeast to Independence Avenue Southeast
  • Constitution Avenue Northeast from 3rd Street Northeast to 1st Street Northeast
  • 1st Street Northeast from Constitution Avenue Northeast to Independence Avenue Southeast
  • Independence Avenue Southeast from 1st Street Southeast to 3rd Street Southeast
  • East Capitol Street Northeast from 3rd Street Northeast /Southeast to 22nd Street Northeast

The no-parking rules will be in place from 5 a.m. to noon Sunday.

D.C. Police remind those going to church in the area to check the road closures.


In Arlington, the Taste of Arlington closes Wilson Boulevard Sunday between North Randolph Street and North Lincoln Street. North Quincy Street will also be closed, and various temporary parking restrictions will be in place.

The Ballston Parking Garage is scheduled to be open, with access from North Randolph Street.

The Arlington County police encourage drivers to use Fairfax Drive as an alternate.

However, Sunday morning, part of Fairfax Drive, Wilson Boulevard and Washington Boulevard are scheduled to be closed in the Ballston area for a Girls on the Run 5K.

The main closures are planned from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Buses serving the Ballston Metro Station will be detoured down North Quincy Street, and are expected to be delayed about 15 minutes at the start of the race.

During the morning closures, police suggest using Pershing Drive, Glebe Road or Lee Highway if you’re not going to or from somewhere in Ballston.

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