Weekend Road and Rail: DC Events, Stops on I-66, and Subway Improvements

Anticipate the possibility of a perfect storm of visitors and congestion to and from the District, especially on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening on the roads and railways.

A convergence of events in downtown DC should give drivers a break. Planned stops and changes to Interstate 66, and Metro maintenance continues this weekend.

Here’s what to be aware of.

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This weekend, the District Department of Transportation will implement road closures with some of the ongoing Corridor Projects, which on Saturday will collide with some major events.

The second March for Our Lives will take to the streets of the nation’s capital after the latest Texas school shooting, with several road closures planned in the district around the National Mall and the US Capitol.

The month of June also represents Pride, and many parades and events are taking place throughout the region. The weekend marks Capital Pride with a parade and festival included in the festivities, as well as many other events. The parade will take place on Saturday with streets closed throughout Northwest DC

The 2022 Capital Pride Parade route. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy Capital Pride)

And, of course, the Nationals will welcome the Brewers home this weekend. Anticipate the possibility of a perfect storm of visitors and congestion to and from the District, especially on Saturday.

On work-related closures, DDOT is alternating single-lane (south and north) closures on I-295 via the Douglas Street Pedestrian Bridge. On the work that began this week, the closures will be in place for about five weeks, weather permitting.

The ongoing I-295/DC-295 Corridor Project will continue to see runway and ramp closures during off-peak hours and weekends, weather permitting. Some schedules change during sporting events.

There are nightly closures planned this weekend for South Capitol Street between Suitland Parkway and Firth Sterling Avenue SE from Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Be sure to check the website for all closures and schedules pertaining to the runner’s work this weekend.

Map of the South Capitol Street closure. Click to Enlarge (Courtesy DDOT)

Virginia

There will continue to be many lane and ramp closures this weekend associated with the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project and the expansion of the Express Lanes between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville. The most impactful closures are usually overnight, but there are many long-term ramp and track configurations that remain in place.

For example, in a forecast for Monday, June 13, the ramp from I-66 West to the Vienna/Fairfax/GMU subway station (Country Creek Road and Virginia Center Boulevard) will close for about three weeks to continue construction of new I-66 westbound express and general purpose lanes.

This planned closure is expected, weather permitting, to take effect around 10pm. Drivers will be diverted around the closure via Route 123/Chain Bridge Road and I-66 East. Drivers should consider using the first exit onto Nutley Street as an easier solution.

Deviation for closing the I-66 West ramp to Vienna/Fairfax/GMU Metrorail station. (Courtesy VDOT)

Here are some impactful closures, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, planned for Project I-66 this weekend, weather permitting.

I-66 East east of Route 28 to Stringfellow Road: 10pm on Friday to 6am on Saturday. I-66 East approaching Stringfellow Road will be reduced to a single travel lane for installation of overhead bridge girders.

I-66 West on Route 28: 9pm on Friday to 5am on Saturday. Three lanes will be closed for aerial bridge works.

Ramp from Route 28 North to Braddock Road/Walney Road: From midnight to 4 am on Saturday. The ramp will be closed and diverted for signaling structure works.

I-66 East on I-495: 10pm on Friday to 5am on Saturday. Two lanes will be closed for overhead bridge and noise wall work with periodic overnight stops.

Ramp from I-495 North to I-66 (both directions): 22:00 on Friday to 4:30 on Saturday. The ramp will be closed and diverted to Route 7 for air bridge works.

Ramp from I-66 East to I-495 North: 22:00 on Friday to 4:30 on Saturday. The ramp will be closed and diverted for bridge works.

Maryland

In Frederick, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration continues the patch and resurfacing project on I-70 westbound between US 40 and Md. 97/Hoods Road. There will continue to be single-lane and ramp closures overnight from Sunday to Friday, with completion expected in July.

The same can be expected for I-270 southbound between Md. 109/Hyattstown and Md. 121/Clarksburg. Expect off-peak lane closures Sunday through Thursday for the ongoing acceleration lane expansion project.

Paving on I-495/Capital Beltway near Suitland Parkway is scheduled to continue through the summer. The MDOT will have work on both circuits between Md. 4/Pennsylvania Avenue and Forestville Road, open at night from 7pm to 5am, Sunday through Friday, with the possibility of closing several lanes. For the latest information, see the project’s website.

Here are other ongoing MDOT SHA road repair projects. And for the ever-changing work of the Purple Line between Prince George and Montgomery County, check out the Purple Line Project website for the latest news.

In A View Ahead: On Wednesday, June 15, at around 11 am, the west span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will have two closed lanes for the Special Olympics police torch race.

Subway

This weekend sees the ongoing shutdown of the Orange Line for the Summer Platform Rehabilitation Project, with additional weekend closures throughout the summer on the Blue Line between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road for overhead structure repairs.

There are five stations closed on the Orange Line between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton through Labor Day, with additional weekend closures throughout the summer on the Blue Line between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road for overhead repairs.

Metro remains on schedule to restore the 7000 series train fleet to service by the end of the summer.

The Metro will operate at normal weekend hours, opening at 7am and closing at 1am, with trains serving 86 of the 91 stations with normal service frequencies on all lines and enhanced service on the Red Line.

Here’s the full weekend schedule with service tweaks.

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