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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

The threat of widespread storms has greatly diminished, and overnight travel should be less eventful than your afternoon trips on the roads and rails. Friday looks like a great day to launch a weekend getaway, according to the Capital Weather Gang forecast. But if you're driving out on Friday night or Saturday morning, take note of a potential jam on the Capital Beltway.

Capital Beltway/Telegraph Road
The Wilson Bridge project is urging drivers to stay away from the Beltway's outer loop during the early part of this weekend. The realignment of a ramp from northbound Telegraph Road to the outer loop will require the closing of all but one of the Beltway lanes heading toward the Wilson Bridge.

This is likely to create a big backup, especially on Saturday morning, when the volume normally increases.

Details: The ramp from Telegraph Road is scheduled to close after the evening rush Friday. Starting at 10 p.m., the outer loop's Local lanes will be narrowed to one lane and all the through lanes will be closed. Early Saturday morning, project managers expect to open one additional local lane and one through lane. All lanes are scheduled to open by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Detour: If you're heading from Virginia to the District or points north, you'd be better off avoiding the work zone and instead either taking I-395 across the 14th Street bridge or looping around the western side of the Beltway and crossing into Maryland on the American Legion Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  | July 29, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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The lights are out at the intersection of Layhill Road and Glenn Allen. I just got back, it was VERY dangerous and no police present. There where two officers at the intersection of Georgia and Randolph but they where not letting cars make left hand turns. Which you could image at 6:30pm was an even worse idea because it's difficult for cars to turn around an head back to the same intersection.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | July 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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