Md. Beltway lanes reopen
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.
| November 23, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories: Advisories, Capital Beltway | Tags: Dr. Gridlock
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