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Headaches on the horizon

From the 14th Street Bridge to the HOT lanes in Northern Virginia, there is plenty of construction to keep track of in the Washington area. Here are some of the projects that may affect you:

Dulles rail project
-- Dulles International Airport Access Highway east at Spring Hill Road: Road closed Monday and Tuesday nights for pier work from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. (All traffic must exit at Spring Hill Road. Officials say traffic will not be tolled.)
-- Dulles Toll Road west from Spring Hill Road to I-495: Left lane closed for concrete barrier movement.
-- Leesburg Pike west from Westpark Drive to Tyco Road: Left lane closed for utility work.
-- Leesburg Pike west from I-495 to Chain Bridge Road: Right lane closed for utility work.

HOT lanes
-- Dulles Toll Road east at I-495: Single lane closed for milling.
-- I-495 south to Exit 46B, Chain Bridge Road: Ramp closed for steel beam erection
-- I-495 south at Exit 54, Braddock Road: Intermittent closures of up to 30 minutes after midnight of three lanes, collector distributor road and ramp to Exit 54B for bridge demolition.
-- Braddock Road west to I-495 south: Intermittent ramp closures of up to 30 minutes after midnight for demolition.
-- I-495 south (Outer Loop) to Exit 57B, Interstate 395 north: Ramp closed for steel beam erection.
-- I-395 north at I-495: Two lanes closed for steel beam erection. Expect full intermittent road closures of up to 30 minutes after midnight. Police are scheduled to be in the area to assist.

Interstate 66

An 18-month project to reduce congestion on Interstate 66 in Arlington County is scheduled to get underway this week.

The work will result in lane closures in a 1.9-mile stretch between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street. One of the two westbound lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Thursday nights during June and July; and then periodic lane closures will continue until the project is completed in December 2011. All lane closures will be at night; there will be no lane closures during the day, on weekends or on holidays.

New York and Florida avenues
Be alert for the new traffic pattern:
-- First Street NE will become one-way southbound from Florida Avenue to New York Avenue.
-- Florida Avenue will be limited to one-way traffic westbound between O and First streets NE.
-- Eastbound Florida Avenue traffic will be detoured to First Street. From there, drivers can go left at New York Avenue and right on O Street to return to Florida Avenue.
-- Northbound First Street traffic heading for westbound New York or Florida avenues will be temporarily detoured via M and Third streets NE.
-- Southbound Eckington Place traffic will no longer be allowed to turn left on Florida Avenue. Eckington traffic will use First Street to reach New York Avenue and eastbound Florida Avenue.

14th Street Bridge
Be alert for changes in the lane patterns as construction enters Phase 2.

-- Blue Line: traveling between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom stations add at least 30 minutes to your travel time after 10 p.m. as Metro does track work. Trains running in both directions will share one track.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 7:34 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Commuting, Highways, Metro  
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