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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Travelers are in for a string of cool nights and warm days with very little chance of rain this week. But there are lots of chances for for delay on the highways. Here's an update on several major work zones.

Fairfax Parkway extension
The schedule for opening the two-mile extension of the parkway came up during my online chat Monday. I think there was some confusion about the timing of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. The ceremony was just that. It didn't mark the actual opening to traffic.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will make some traffic adjustments this week in preparation for opening the parkway extension, which will provide direct access to Interstate 95. VDOT says that on Friday evening, the northbound lanes of the new section will open. On Tuesday morning, Sept. 21, the southbound lanes will open.

Paving on Route 50
The Virginia Department of Transportation will close lanes overnight on Route 50 in Chantilly for milling and paving along a 1.8-mile section between Route 28 and Stringfellow Road. The work will take about four weeks to complete, VDOT says. Route 50 will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights during the project.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
Each midday through Friday, watch out for traffic congestion around the Capital Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange in Virginia. This construction is part of the final phase of the Wilson Bridge project.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday:
-- Telegraph Road South will be narrowed to one lane between Mill Road and Huntington Avenue.
-- Telegraph Road North will be narrowed to one lane between Huntington Avenue and Pershing Avenue.
-- Telegraph Road North to the Beltway's outer loop will be closed. Motorists should take Telegraph Road North to the inner loop ramp to Telegraph Road South, then take the ramp to the outer loop.

By Robert Thomson  | September 13, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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