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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Beltway lanes closing overnights

By Robert Thomson
Dulles rail truss (2).JPG Truss used to hoist segments of new Metrorail line. (Chuck Samuelson/Dulles Metrorail)

Rush-hour slowdowns on the Capital Beltway at Tysons Corner may be partly attributable to drivers gawking at the array of concrete piers and construction equipment that appears to change daily. But upcoming lane closings for the Dulles Metrorail project are scheduled only for nighttime.

Workers will be using the large blue and gray trusses to send the rail line over the Beltway, and there will be intermittent lane closings throughout 2011. This Next week, the two right lanes of the inner loop (northbound I-495) will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night from Sunday, Feb. 14, through Friday night, Feb. 18. Project managers say no detour will be necessary for through traffic on the Beltway, though drivers should expect slower traffic and delays.

The ramp from the inner loop to southbound Route 123 will be closed, requiring a detour. Drivers will be directed to use exit 46B onto northbound Route 123, then turn right onto Old Meadow Road, left on Colshire Meadow Drive, left on Colshire Drive, then left on to southbound Route 123.

[This post has been updated.]

By Robert Thomson  | February 8, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Tysons Corner, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail  
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I wish the contractor or VDOT had cleared the foot of compacted ice off those Jersey barriers which even on a dry day, jut dangerously into travel lanes. And someone is down on the job when it comes to notifying those traveling on I-95, it should be on informations sign both north of Greenbelt and south of Springfield, and at Dulles Airport as you leave.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 8, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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