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Posted at 3:32 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Md. Beltway lanes reopen

By Robert Thomson

5:45 p.m. Update: Officials at the state traffic operations center say the lanes have reopened.

Original post: The Maryland State Highway Administration has temporarily closed two right lanes of the Capital Beltway's outer loop at the Forestville Road Bridge in Prince George's County.

An over-height vehicle struck a safety shield underneath the bridge, and highway workers have to secure the damaged metal before reopening the Beltway lanes.

The highway administration expects traffic to be heavy and backups to occur until the lanes are reopened, possibly by 5 p.m.

The safety shield is in place as part of the Forestville Road Bridge rehabilitation project to keep construction debris from falling on the highway below. The bridge clearance is 14 feet high, and there are signs displaying the clearance on both sides of I-95/I-495, as well as overhead digital message signs.

By Robert Thomson  | November 23, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Why can't they wait until non rush hour and non holiday traffic to do dumb things like this.

Posted by: TG10 | November 23, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm grateful to hear about traffic problems. But Dr. Gridlock, you could improve the usefulness of your articles if you would take into account that not all your readers are as familiar as you are with the geography of our region. A Beltway alert should ALWAYS include a description of where the problem lies with reference to Beltway exits/entrances. I have never heard of the Forestville Road bridge, so I don't know how my trip on the Beltway is going to be affected by the problem you described. If you specified a problem as lying between two specific exits I would know whether the problem is going to increase my traffic, or reduce it (if I enter the Beltway downstream of the problem). That's an important part of the message that you failed to convey.

Posted by: edwardmax | November 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

TG10 did you even read the article? The lanes were closed for an emergency, not "dumb stuff". An over height vehicle hit the safety shield under the Forestville Road overpass.

I'm glad the SHA was so proactive to make things safe for drivers as quickly as they did. Who knows if they had left it alone how many people could have been hurt by falling debris?

Posted by: kbaradio | November 24, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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