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Major delays on I-66 this weekend


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 halsey.gifof 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 motorists traveling in the left lane on I-66 East heading to Arlington/Washington D.C. will need to merge to the right lane prior to I-495 north to continue into downtown.

-- Ashley Halsey III

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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Are these the same HOT lanes that Sunday's Post claimed Arlington County is suing to enjoin? You know, the ones on that part of the Beltway that runs through Shirlington? The ones regulated by the Federal Housing Administration (i.e., the FHA)?

Yeah, I'm being really snarky, but it's rather justified. The article linked below is the sloppiest reporting I've ever seen in the Washington Post and I've written a letter to the editor about it. It's rather a shame that they didn't run a draft of the article past Dr. Gridlock or the other reporters who contribute to this blog, as surely any of you folks would have immediately noticed that this article was replete with bad information and needed to be rewritten or pulled from the publication schedule.

Posted by: 1995hoo | August 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

That is pretty poor. My understanding was that Arlington was suing to prevent the creation of HOT lanes on 395 up to the 14th St Bridge. 495 is completely outside their jurisdiction so I don't see how they would have any standing to affect that HOT lane project, which is totally separate. And my understanding seems to be supported by this Examiner story:

Looks like some poor fact-checking by the Post.

Posted by: RyanInFx | August 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Arlington should sue to turn 395 into a park. Get rid of the traffic and turn Arlington into what it was in 1776.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with 1995hoo. What the french toast is up with that HOT lanes article?! Did the rapture happen to occur over at the Washington Post?

Posted by: signof4 | August 25, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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