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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Travelers may encounter a stray shower Wednesday night, and the high heat will diminish on Thursday, though it will stay humid. You should know about one emergency lane closing Wednesday night and a couple of potentially bad traffic delays as you begin your weekend planning.

Jefferson Davis Highway
One or two southbound lanes are scheduled to close at 2446 Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) in front of the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. This project, which involves the replacement of a fire hydrant, should start at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continue until after midnight. See a map.

Baltimore-Washington Parkway
On Saturday, the National Park Service plans to close lanes on the southbound parkway between Routes 197 to 202 in Prince George's County. The closings, alternating from right to left, are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. One lane will be open at all times during this period. Meanwhile, the park service will be doing tree pruning along the culvert walls on the parkway. See a map.

Routes 7/15
On Sunday, Dominion Virginia Power crews will continue pulling wires across Leesburg roadways for the new long-distance power line. This will require stopping traffic for up to 15 minutes at a time on South King Street (Route 15) near the Route 7 Bypass interchange, and just east of the interchange on Route 7 Bypass. The work is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation will monitor traffic and could temporarily suspend the road closings to relieve traffic delays.

The workers are building a 12-mile, high-voltage power line from a new substation northwest of Hamilton, near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Route 7, to a substation off Cochran Mill Road east of Leesburg. There are going to be periodic traffic stops along state roads in the area through mid-September, VDOT says. See a map.

By Robert Thomson  | August 11, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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