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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

Travelers are in for off-and-on showers and thunderstorms overnight and into Wednesday morning, the Capital Weather Gang says, so the nightly construction programs that can slow your ride may be delayed. Here's a look at some of the main projects.

11th Street Bridge
From midnight to 5 a.m., both directions of Interstate 295/DC 295 between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road are scheduled to close for 30-minute intervals. In preparation for the bridge work, contractors will start at 8 p.m. to reduce the highway to one lane in each direction in the work zone. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m.

During the closings, workers will place a steel truss over the highway for a new pedestrian bridge between Anacostia High School and Anacostia Pool/Fitness Center.

DDOT suggests these alternative routes to avoid delays:
-- Northbound traffic can use the 11th Street or South Capitol Street bridges to reach I-395 North, then go eastbound on New York Avenue to return to I-295.
-- Southbound traffic can take westbound New York Avenue to the Third Street Tunnel, to return to I-295 south of the closure.

Wednesday: Telegraph Road/Beltway
The weather Wednesday night also could include showers and thunderstorms, but so far, the Wilson Bridge project is planning this work:

Starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, workers will narrow both loops of the Capital Beltway 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.

By Robert Thomson  | July 13, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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