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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

[This post has been updated]

Travelers tonight and tomorrow will sense autumn in the cool air. The changing of the seasons isn't slowing down the pace of roadwork. In fact, there's a lot scheduled tonight and tomorrow night, leading into the weekend. Here are highlights.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
From 9:30 tonight through 5 a.m. tomorrow, southbound Telegraph Road will be narrowed to one lane between Mill Road and Huntington Avenue. Northbound Telegraph Road will be narrowed to one lane between Huntington Avenue and Duke Street. This work is part of the Wilson Bridge project.

Beltway HOT lanes
Also from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., on the west side of the Beltway, the three right lanes of the inner loop at the Lewinsville Road overpass will close for steel beam erection connected to HOT lane construction. After midnight, there will be intermittent road closings of up to half an hour.

Meanwhile, the three right lanes of the inner loop at Exit 52 (Little River Turnpike) will close for bridge demolition. And two lanes of the outer loop at the Wakefield Park bridge will close for work on the pedestrian bridge.

Route 7/123 ramp
Tomorrow night, the Dulles Metrorail project plans to close the ramp from westbound Leesburg Pike (Route 7) to southbound Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) for about four months. The closing is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m.

Detour: Traffic will continue on westbound Route 7, then turn right on Westpark Drive, right on International Drive, then right again onto southbound Route 123.

During the closing, workers will build the western end of the 2,400‐foot tunnel that will carry the new Metrorail line from Route 123 to Route 7. The Tysons Central 7 station will be built nearby in the Route 7 median, which is being widened.

14th Street Bridge
Preparations for the new traffic pattern on the northbound span also will get underway tomorrow night. Between 10 p.m. tomorrow and 5 a.m. Monday, northbound drivers will find the left center lane and the far left lane closed. Three lanes will be open to traffic. More details on traffic shift.

By Robert Thomson  | September 9, 2010; 10:45 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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