Race event to in­crease challenges for driv­ers

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY MAR­TINE POW­ERS mar­tine.pow­ers@wash­post.com

Plan­ning to drive in North­ern Vir­ginia or the Dis­trict on Sun­day morn­ing? You might run into ad­di­tional challenges be­cause of this year’s Army Ten-Miler.

The race is sched­uled to start at 8 a.m. Sun­day, and the route be­gins and ends at the Pen­tagon. But traf­fic dis­rup­tions and street clo­sures will af­fect a large swath of the re­gion through­out the morn­ing and into the af­ter­noon.

The en­tire stretch of Route 110, which runs from Ross­lyn to Crys­tal City, will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will also be short­ert­erm rolling clo­sures on other road­ways through­out the re­gion, be­gin­ning at 7:30 a.m. These clo­sures in­clude: Ar­ling­ton Me­mo­rial Bridge. Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue NW, be­tween 23rd and 18th streets. All lanes of Vir­ginia Av­enue. Rock Creek Park­way south of Vir­ginia Av­enue NW. In­de­pen­dence Av­enue SW. Sev­enth and Ninth Streets SW be­tween In­de­pen­dence Av­enue and C Street.

Fourth Street along Jef­fer­son Drive SW.

I-395 HOV lane (north­bound) to the Eads Street ramp. Long Bridge Drive. Metro will be open­ing two hours early, at 6 a.m., to ac­com­mo­date about 35,000 run­ners signed up for the race.

There will be ex­tra trains run­ning on the Blue Line be­tween Fran­co­nia-Spring­field and Sta­dium-Ar­mory sta­tions, from 6 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

The clos­est sta­tion to the race start­ing point is Pen­tagon sta­tion, which will be an “exit-only” sta­tion from 6 to 8 a.m. But Metro of­fi­cials are ad­vis­ing run­ners and race­go­ers that it might be wise to use Pen­tagon City sta­tion in­stead be­cause of po­ten­tial crowd­ing.

Buses that usu­ally travel to Pen­tagon sta­tion will be redi­rected to Pen­tagon City from the start of ser­vice Sun­day morn­ing through 2 p.m.

It’s the first time in more than a year that Metro is run­ning ex­tra rail-ser­vice hours to ac­com­mo­date a spe­cial event, af­ter tran­sit agency man­age­ment placed a year-long mora­to­rium on ex­tended hours dur­ing the SafeTrack main­te­nance pro­gram.

In June, Metro came up with a new pol­icy for pro­vid­ing ex­tra ser­vice hours.

Now, or­ga­niz­ers of events such as the ArmyTen-Miler must put down a de­posit — $100,000 per hour of ex­tra ser­vice — to de­fray the tran­sit agency’s costs if fare rev­enue dur­ing those ad­di­tional hours doesn’t turn a profit.

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