Metro Shutdown, Triathlon, Other Events Cause Weekend Travel Disruptions

WASHINGTON — A significant Red Line shutdown returns this weekend, and drivers must navigate a number of road closures for races and street festivals.


There are no Red Line trains Saturday or Sunday between Friendship Heights and Twinbrook.

The Bethesda, Medical Center, Grosvenor-Strathmore and White Flint stations are closed for the second consecutive weekend. Much of this stretch was also shut down for work on four consecutive weekends earlier this summer.

While shuttle buses will be running, riders looking to avoid the shutdown can use the Glenmont/Silver Spring side of the Red Line. The last trains will leave Shady Grove 40 minutes earlier than usual Saturday and Sunday.

The Orange Line is the only other Metro line with significant scheduled track work for the entire weekend. Trains are scheduled to run every 20 minutes, with single-tracking between Cheverly and New Carrollton.

Nationals fans should expect Green Line delays after Friday and Saturday nights’ games due to scheduled single-tracking between U Street and Georgia Avenue-Petworth after 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Metro now closes at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 11:30 p.m. weeknights, and only runs 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.


A number of street festivals and races will close roads this weekend, including Adams Morgan Day, the Rosslyn and Silver Spring jazz festivals and the Nation’s Triathlon.

On Sunday, the triathlon will close Whitehurst Freeway starting around 5 a.m. and other streets, including Rock Creek Parkway and the 395 HOV lanes around the National Mall, from about 7 a.m. into early afternoon.

The course for the 2017 Nation’s Triathlon. (Courtesy Riptide Investments)

The bike course involves the most significant closures as riders go north on Rock Creek Parkway to near Calvert Street Northwest, back south to Georgetown using K Street Northwest to access the Whitehurst Freeway to M Street, then return down the Potomac Freeway and E Street Expressway to Virginia Avenue Northwest, Rock Creek Parkway and Independence Avenue. From there, the course goes down 14th Street and over the 14th Street Bridge before riders turn around near the Pentagon to head back over the bridge and around the Tidal Basin.

The running course also closes part of Maine Avenue Southwest near the Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive around Hains Point.

Also on Sunday, 18th Street will be closed through Adams Morgan from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Adams Morgan Day.

Saturday morning, the Race for the Cure will close Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between Freedom Plaza and the U.S. Capitol as well as 3rd Street and the section of Independence Avenue Southwest between 3rd Street and 7th Street. The road closures along the race route are due to run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with closures around Freedom Plaza lasting from early Saturday morning until as late as 5 p.m.

On Saturday evening, the Arlington Police, Fire & amp; Sheriff Memorial 9/11 5K will close roads in the Pentagon City area. Some of the closures begin as early as 3 p.m. and end as late as 8 p.m.

Army Navy Drive between South 12th Street and South Eads Street is expected to be closed from about 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., including to all cross traffic. The I-395 northbound HOV exit to South Eads Street, westbound Washington Boulevard from Memorial Bridge to I-395, and southbound Route 110 from Rosslyn to South 15th Street will also be closed.

Other Sept. 11 memorial races this weekend will close or add traffic on some more local roads elsewhere, including Saturday around Sandburg Middle School in Alexandria.

All day Saturday, drivers in the District should watch for extra people biking around the city as the Washington Area Bicyclists Association holds its annual 50 States Ride to touch each of the streets named for the 50 states across the city.

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