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Headaches on the horizon

HOT lanes
Watch for a new traffic pattern starting Friday night on the Capital Beltway's inner loop near North Springfield. It will take a while for traffic to adjust to this lane shift.

But drivers will have plenty of time to do that: The pattern will remain in effect until late December as construction continues on the High Occupancy Toll project, the Virginia Department of Transportation says. Meanwhile, workers will rebuild the pavement between Heming Avenue and Braddock Road. Traffic will shift left into four lanes. The exit lane to the right onto Braddock Road will be shorter once the new pattern is in place.

That is scheduled to start happening at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Workers will begin to re-stripe the pavement and place construction barriers. Three lanes will be closed on the inner loop (I-495 north), leaving one lane open. The new traffic pattern should be in place by 7 a.m. Saturday.

Reminder: 14th Street NW, Columbia Heights
An excavation project overnight Thursday will temporarily shut off the west side of two 14th Street NW intersections in Columbia Heights. Traffic delays are likely.

The D.C. Department of Transportation says that from 7 p.m. Thursday to about 5 a.m. Friday, workers will be excavating on Monroe and Newton where the streets meet 14th Street.

At 5 a.m., DDOT says, the workers will lay ramps over the excavation to allow local traffic to reach 14th Street during rush hour. After rush hour, there will be periodic closings on the side streets throughout Friday for paving.

By Robert Thomson  | July 8, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Headaches on the horizon  
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