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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Night work for Dulles Metrorail

By Robert Thomson

Truss photo.jpg
It's starting to look like a railroad in Tysons area. (Dulles Metrorail project photo)

Rail project managers predict that 2011 will be a very busy year, and they've already begun to prove their case on the main roads of Tysons Corner. Here are some advisories from the project about this week's work.

Route 123
A one-night closure of northbound Route 123 has been scheduled for 11 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Tuesday at the Dulles Connector Road. The ramp toward Interstate 66 will remain open.

This closing is in addition to those planned for southbound Route 123 at the same area. The southbound closings, also for 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., begin tonight and continue through Friday. The exit ramp from westbound Route 267 to southbound Route 123 will be closed at the same time.

The southbound closings are likely to continue intermittently overnights for the next two or three weeks as railroad bridge construction moves over Route 123.

Pile driving
Construction of a new bridge that will carry the Metrorail tracks from Route 7 into the median of the Dulles Airport Access Highway will require some pile driving in the highway median. This steel piles will support foundations for the bridge.

This work beginning this week will continue for about three months, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and occasionally Saturdays.

Residents of the nearby neighborhoods will hear this. Pile driving usually is done in intervals of about 15 minutes with a break of similar length in between. None of it is done overnight.

Spring Hill Road
Crews are scheduled to perform some work on a water line at the intersection of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Spring Hill Road. Spring Hill Road will be completely closed to through traffic at Route 7 overnights this week, as long as the weather is good. These are the hours:
* Tonight through Thursday night, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
* Friday night, 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
* Saturday night, 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

To reach the north side of Spring Hill Road, detour by turning onto eastbound Route 7, then left on Westpark Drive, left on Greensboro Drive and left on Spring Hill Road. Here's a map from the project office showing the detour.

Spring Hill Road detour.jpg

By Robert Thomson  | January 3, 2011; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Driving, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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