Metro limits track work during Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

A view of the 2013 Washington DC Rock n Roll Marathon Washington, DC March 16, 2013 (Courtesy Victah Sailer)

WASHINGTON – Metro track work will be limited Saturday due to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, but single-tracking is still scheduled for later that night and on Sunday.

The marathon will shut down streets across the District and come with new, more extensive parking restrictions imposed by the D.C. police.

Cars will be towed if they are not removed from the race route.

Road closures across the city begin early Saturday morning; some run as late as 3 p.m.

Track work

While regular service is scheduled during the day Saturday, Metro plans single-tracking on the Blue, Orange, Silver, Red and Green lines after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and all day Sunday

The Orange and Blue lines will single-track between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW, with Silver Line trains only running between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston during those times. Each line will be scheduled every 20 minutes.

The Red Line is scheduled every 15 minutes Sunday, with single-tracking between Judiciary Square and Union Station.

The Green Line is scheduled to single-track between Prince George’s Plaza and College Park, but Metro does not expect that work to cause significant delays.

Marathon closures

The event is scheduled to start at 7 a.m., but some street closures are slotted to begin at 2 a.m.

All roads affected by the closures are expected to open again by 3 p.m.

Parking restrictions will be enforced along the entire marathon route — that means both tickets and towing.

Below is a map of the course. Click for PDF.

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon
2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon course map. Click for PDF.

The event website also features an interactive map.

D.C. police will monitor metered traffic locations at intersections where police plan to allow vehicles to cross when it is safe to do so. The locations can be seen below. Click for PDF.

These are intersections that vehicles will be allowed to cross by a D.C. police officer when it’s safe. (Courtesy MPD)

See below for the full route and list of road closures.


Half Marathon/Full Marathon Turns:

  • Start on Constitution Ave NW just east of 14th Street NW
  • Right on Virginia Ave NW
  • Right on 18th Street NW
  • Left on E Street NW (eastbound lanes)
  • Left on 19th Street NW
  • Right on Constitution Ave NW
  • Left on 23rd Street NW
  • Enter Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Merge Right onto Parkway Dr/Beach Volleyball courts
  • Continue straight onto Rock Creek and Potomac Pkwy
  • Right at Virginia Ave NW and merge onto I St NW
  • Continue on I St NW to Potomac River Frwy
  • Right onto Potomac River Frwy and continue south to horseshoe turn
  • Continue north on Potomac River Frwy
  • Exit left onto 27th St NW
  • Right onto Virginia Ave NW
  • Right onto Rock Creek Pkwy
  • Continue north on Rock Creek Pkwy
  • Merge Left on Shoreham Drive NW
  • Right on Calvert Street NW
  • Merge Right on Adams Mill Rd
  • Left on Columbia Rd NW
  • Right on Harvard Street NW
  • Right on 5th Street NW
  • Merge onto 4th Street NW
  • Left on Bryant Street NW
  • Right on N. Capitol Street NW
  • Left on K Street NE
  • Right on 4th Street NE
  • Left on H Street NE
  • Right on 13th Street NE
  • Left on Constitution Ave NE


Half Marathon Turns only:

  • Left on N. Carolina Ave NE
  • Merge onto C Street NE
  • Merge right onto 22nd Street NE
  • Turn right onto E. Capitol St NE
  • Half Marathon Finish (near RFK Lot 3)

Marathon Turns only:

  • Right on 14th St NE
  • Right on N. Carolina NE
  • Left on 13th Street SE
  • Right on E. Capitol Street SE
  • Right on 11th Street SE
  • Left on E. Capitol Street NE
  • Left on 3rd Street SE
  • Right on E Street SE
  • Left on S. Capitol Street SW
  • Cross the Douglass Bridge
  • Turnaround on S. Capitol St SW north of Malcolm X Ave SW
  • Continue north on S. Capitol St SW
  • Left on Douglass Bridge access road
  • Right on Anacostia Drive SE
  • Full loop around Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion on Anacostia Drive SE
  • Left on Nicholson Street SE
  • Left on Fairlawn Ave SE
  • Right on Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Left on L’Enfant Square SE
  • Left on Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Right on Fairlawn Ave SE
  • Right on K Street SE
  • Enter Randle Circle SE
  • Left on Ft. Dupont Dr SE
  • Left on Ft. Davis Dr SE
  • Left on Ridge Rd SE
  • Left on Ely Place SE
  • Right on Minnesota Ave SE
  • Right on E. Capitol Street NE off-ramp
  • Right on E. Capitol Street NE
  • Merge right onto C Street NE
  • Left on 21st Street NE
  • Left on 22nd Street NE
  • Right on E. Capitol St NE
  • Marathon Finish (near RFK Lot 3)

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