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Construction causes I-66 E delays

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Two of the three lanes of eastbound I-66 will be closed this weekend as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges that carry the highway over the Capital Beltway. The work is part of the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes project.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said major delays are likely between Nutley Street and the Beltway, and warned that all traffic may be stopped for up to 30 minutes during overnight periods.

In addition to the two lanes closed on I-66 East, the ramp onto the Beltway will be closed, as will all Nutley Street on-ramps to I-66 East. I-66 eastbound access to the Vienna Metro station and the left HOV exit to I-495 North will remain open throughout the weekend. Motorists can expect up to 35-minute delays during peak hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Route 50 to just past the work zone.

By 5 a.m. Monday morning, the three I-66 East lanes will be shifted to the new bridges over I-495. HOV drivers traveling in the left lane on I-66 East heading to Arlington/Washington will need to merge to the right lane prior to I-495 north to continue into downtown.

By Michael Bolden  | August 28, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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