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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Weekend delays on Beltway

By Robert Thomson

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

The Capital Beltway's outer loop will be narrowed on its south side in Virginia this weekend, and traffic delays are very likely. Managers with the Wilson Bridge project, which is doing the work, recommend that drivers avoid the area from 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday evening. Here's the plan.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, the right-most of the outer loop's LOCAL lanes between the Eisenhower Avenue exit and just east of Telegraph Road will be closed, cutting off access to the exits for North Kings Highway, Huntington Avenue and Telegraph Road North and South.

Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, the second of the outer loop LOCAL lanes will be closed and traffic in the area will be narrowed to one THRU lane until mid-morning Saturday. Outer loop drivers bound for any exits along the Telegraph Road interchange will need to follow a marked detour along U.S. Route 1.

Two LOCAL lanes will reopen by mid-morning Saturday, restoring local access to all Telegraph Road exits. At that point, the left-most of the LOCAL lanes will close, but this will not limit motorists' access to any exits. All lanes are scheduled to be open by Sunday evening.

See a map of the area.


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By Robert Thomson  | November 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Wilson Bridge  
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Comments

sucks for anyone getting a head start on Thanksgiving travel....that is a part of I-95.

Posted by: thetan | November 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I realize this information is coming from the Wilson Bridge Project, but it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. The LOCAL/THRU split on the OUTER Loop (i.e., heading from Springfield towards the Wilson Bridge) is currently located AFTER the Telegraph Road interchange (i.e., to the east of Telegraph), roughly underneath the Metrorail overpass used by the Yellow Line en route to Huntington. Between the Eisenhower Connector and Telegraph Road there is presently a single three-lane carriageway that will eventually become the LOCAL carriageway when all the work is done.

What I understand this post to be saying is this:

The Outer Loop has three lanes from the Eisenhower Connector to the LOCAL/THRU split. The two right lanes will be closed this Friday night and Saturday morning, and as part of the closure there will be no access to the Telegraph Road interchange from the Outer Loop. Drivers wishing to access Telegraph will be directed to use a detour via US-1 but would be better-served by finding another route that avoids the area altogether. The LOCAL/THRU dual-carriageway configuration across the Wilson Bridge will operate as normal.


(I also notice that they do not mention whether Telegraph Road traffic will be able to access the Outer Loop. I assume northbound traffic will be able to do so, as that ramp joins the Outer Loop's LOCAL carriageway east of the split. I assume southbound traffic will not be able to do so because it joins at a point within the closure area.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | November 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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