WASHINGTON — If it feels like there has been a Metro closure almost every weekend lately, you’re right. Now riders are facing a new weekend shutdown that’s going to feel a lot like a months-long shutdown coming this summer.
Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines will be closed south of Reagan National Airport this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd. That means no trains at six stations from the airport to Huntington and Franconia-Springfield. The impact will be felt through Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Because of the shutdown, blue and yellow line trains will arrive only every 20 minutes.
A news release from the transit agency says Metro and its contractor “will perform site preparatory work and testing” for a major rebuild of crumbling station platforms this summer. Braddock Road, King Street, and Eisenhower Avenue—all part of this weekend’s work zone—will be closed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“Engineers will conduct core drilling around the stations to assess conditions, and power to the stations will be cut to allow testing on cables and electrical systems,” said a Thursday Metro news release. “In addition, crews will conduct hazard assessment and mitigation, install temporary safety equipment, and perform inspections of the platform structures.”
Unlike a shutdown last weekend, free shuttle buses will replace trains to closed stations. But, if you’re airport-bound from the south, you might want to consider a different way to catch your flight.
Here are the highlights of this shutdown:
- Shuttle buses replace Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport. Allow additional travel time.
- Trains every 20 minutes between Reagan National Airport and Largo Town Center with single tracking between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW.
- Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street, King St-Old Town, and Braddock Road stations will be closed.
- Shuttle buses replace Yellow Line trains between Huntington and National Airport. Allow additional travel time.
- Trains every 20 minutes between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square.
- Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt Vernon Sq should use the Green Line to complete their trip
- Huntington, Eisenhower Avenue, King St-Old Town and Braddock Road stations will be closed