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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

Traveling conditions tonight will be on the sultry side, but there's only a slight risk of a shower or storm, the Capital Weather Gang says. There will be plenty of time to stew if you get caught up in one of several significant road projects developing tonight and tomorrow morning.

Beltway/Route 7
Demolition of the old eastbound Route 7 bridge is scheduled to start tonight. Watch for lane closures and detours on weeknights and weekends along Route 7 and in both directions of the Beltway beginning around 9:30 p.m.

The demolition, which will make way for a new eastbound bridge to accommodate the Beltway HOT lanes, is scheduled to continue through mid-August. Once the demolition is complete, work will begin on the new bridge.

Kenilworth Avenue (DC 295)
Watch for overnight lane closings starting tonight on Kenilworth Avenue where the District Department of Transportation is rebuilding the Eastern Avenue Bridge. Two lanes will be closed, so finding an alternative route would be best. Through traffic will be directed to use the service roads. Stay right to get past the construction.

Overnight closings will continue through next Friday, July 23, while workers install the new pre-cast bridge structure above Kenilworth Avenue. These are the work hours:

  • 8:30 tonight to 9 a.m. tomorrow
  • Monday through next Friday: 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Chain Bridge Road (Route 123)
    Crews working on the Dulles Metrorail extension are scheduled to create a slight lane shift on southbound Route 123 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) overpass tonight. The lanes will shift to the right by one lane for about three months. This will establish a work zone in the median for railway pier construction.

    14th Street Bridge
    The bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to move into its next phase this weekend. That means drivers heading north on Interestate 395 should watch for a new closing on the bridge in the third lane from the right.

    For about the past month, a section of the second lane from the right has been closed. There still will be four lanes open during peak periods, but the project now involves periodic closings of different lane sections.

    The latest shift of the lane barriers is scheduled to occur this weekend, possibly starting as early as 6 a.m. Saturday and lasting as late as 5 a.m. Monday, though it could be done by midday Sunday.

  • By Robert Thomson  | July 16, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
    Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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