Weekend features Metro track work and fun 5Ks

Tim Bracken, wtop.com

This Mother’s Day weekend is all about Metro delays and charity races. The three big race events will be the TriRock Triathalon, the National Police Week 5K and the Mother’s Day 5K Dash.

The weekend wouldn’t be complete without some construction. Northbound D.C. 295 will be closed Friday night through Sunday, and overnight construction will continue to cause temporary closures on Interstate 495 and Interstate 66.

Read on for the details, and have a great weekend!

Weekend Metro track

Expect some serious Metro delays over the weekend, with work scheduled for the Red, Orange, and Blue Lines. All work will start Friday at 10 p.m. and continue through system closing Sunday. Here’s the summary from Metro:

Red Line:

  • Trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen.
  • Trains will single track between Van Ness and Dupont Circle.
  • Red Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont.
  • Metro estimates about a 20-minute delay.
  • On Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Farragut North and New York Avenue only, providing service every 12 minutes in the downtown core.

Orange Line:

  • Trains will single track between Eastern Market and Cheverly.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart Vienna and New Carrollton every 30 minutes.

Blue Line:

  • Trains will single track between Eastern Market and Addison Road.
  • Blue Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 30 minutes.

Canal Road lane closures

Several lanes of Canal Road at Arizona Avenue northwest will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

The lane closures are needed to install a safety net under the pedestrian bridge over Canal Road near Arizona Avenue northwest.

The contractor will attempt to complete the work in one night, weather permitting.

Drivers should expect two lanes to close with two-way traffic in one lane. Flaggers will direct traffic in the work zone. Traffic delays are anticipated.

D.C.-295 weekend closure

Northbound D.C. 295 will be closed between the 11th Street Bridge and Pennsylvania Avenue, from 8 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

All northbound I-295 traffic will be diverted to the inbound 11th Street Bridge. In order to continue on northbound D.C.-295, traffic will have to use the SE-SW Freeway and Pennsylvania Avenue/Sousa Bridge.

Overnight construction continues in Virginia

Watch for temporary total closures on both sides of the Beltway I-495 between the Old Dominion Drive overpass and Gallows Road. Closures could take place between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

During the same hours, temporary closures are possible on eastbound I-66 between Nutley Street and the Beltway, and westbound I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road/Va. 267 and the Beltway.

Running and walking events


  • The TriRock Triathalon is scheduled for in Annapolis. Watch out for rolling street closures in the downtown area between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • The Bright Beginnings 5K is scheduled for 8 a.m. in East Potomac Park. The race will raise money to help homeless children and their families.
  • The National Police Week 5k kicks off near the Judiciary Square Metro at 9 a.m., and will take runners south on 3rd Street along the west side of the Capitol.


Dance in the Circle 2012

The free six-hour festival will take place in Dupont Circle, and will feature dance companies from across the D.C. region. Check it out between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday will feature 130 artists and lots of live entertainment. Some of the bands include Olivia Mancini, Wes Tucker & The Skillets and the awesome D.C. afro-pop band, Elikeh.

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