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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

The showers and thunderstorms rolling through the D.C. area are interfering with some roadwork projects. The Capital Weather Gang says travelers should expect similar weather Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the nighttime roadwork plans.

Telegraph Road/Beltway
Because of the afternoon storms, the concrete deck placement work over the Capital Beltway that was originally scheduled for Monday night has been postponed till Wednesday night.

So now, starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, workers with the Wilson Bridge project will narrow both loops to two lanes to accommodate concrete placement on the new ramp from the outer loop to northbound Telegraph Road. The Beltway will be back to normal by 5 a.m.

Dulles Metrorail project
Southbound Route 123 to Beltway outer loop: The ramp is scheduled to close between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday nights. To reach the outer loop, follow southbound Route 123, then turn right on International Drive, right on Galleria Drive and right on Tysons Boulevard, then make a slight left to northbound Route 123 to make the immediate right onto the outer loop ramp.

Eastbound Route 267 to Route 7: The exit ramps from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Access Road to eastbound Route 7 will close between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Fridays. Workers will be placing barriers and striping pavement.

Toll Road traffic will continue on the Toll Road and exit at International Drive, then turn right to reach Spring Hill Road and Route 7. Dulles Access Road traffic will follow the westbound Route 7 exit ramp to both directions of Route 7. This exit will be narrowed to one lane but remain open.

Magarity Road: Drivers who use the road in the McLean/Falls Church/Tysons area could encounter significant delays some nights this week. Magarity Road may be closed between Olney Road and Great Falls Street between midnight and 6 a.m. The closing is necessary for safety while concrete is poured for the new bridge that will carry tracks in the median of the Dulles Connector Road across Magarity Road.

Detours: Drivers could use Anderson Road, Chain Bridge Road and Great Falls Street.

Braddock Road/Beltway
Another weather rescheduling, this one for the Beltway HOT lanes project. A lane shift that had been planned for this past weekend has been reset for Friday night, starting at 9:30.

The inner loop lanes will be shifted 3/4-mile before Braddock Road, where this portion of the Beltway will be reduced from five to four lanes. The exit lane to Braddock Road will be shorter. The traffic shift will be in place until late December. Meanwhile, workers will rebuild the roadway to accommodate the HOT lanes.

So at 9:30 p.m. Friday, workers will begin to re-stripe pavement and place barriers. Three lanes will be closed on the inner loop, leaving one lane open. The new traffic pattern will be in place by 9 a.m. Saturday. If there are weather problems again, the work will be postponed till Saturday night.

By Robert Thomson  | July 12, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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