Race event to increase challenges for drivers
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.