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Headaches on the horizon

Travel conditions in the D.C. area should be great on Friday night, the Capital Weather Gang says, but there are two projects on major highways that will be not so great for drivers this weekend.

Beltway blockage
The Wilson Bridge project urges drivers to avoid the Capital Beltway's outer loop during the early part of this weekend as it squeezes down to a single lane near Telegraph Road.

The point at which the outer loop's Local and Thru lanes diverge will be moved about 400 feet east. All outer loop Thru lanes will be closed starting at 10 p.m. Friday so workers can put down stripping for the new split point and realign the lanes.

The ramp from northbound Telegraph Road onto the outer loop will be realigned. The existing ramp will close after Friday night's rush hour (July 30) and the outer loop's Local lanes will be narrowed to one lane starting at 10 p.m.

Project managers expect to open one additional Local lane and one Thru lane early Saturday morning. All Beltway lanes and the northbound Telegraph Road ramp are scheduled to open by 3 p.m. Saturday.

But in the meantime, major traffic back-ups are likely, especially as volume starts to build up on Saturday morning. Avoid the area if at all possible. If you're traveling from Virginia and heading to a point north of the District, consider taking the western side of the Beltway to the American Legion Bridge.

D.C. paving along I-395
The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to resurface ramps along the I-395 corridor this weekend, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and ending by 5 a.m. Monday. These are the locations:
-- I-395 ramp at Second Street/C Street to Washington Avenue;
-- I-395 ramp from Third Street to Mall Tunnel;
-- I-395 ramp from Second and D streets SW;
-- I-395 ramp from Second and C streets SW to outbound I-295;
-- I-395 ramp from Mall Tunnel (northbound) to D Street NW;
-- Southeast-Southwest Freeway ramp leading to Pennsylvania Avenue;
-- I-395 southbound lanes from Case Bridge to 14th Street Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  | July 30, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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