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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 02/15/2011

HOT lanes work cranks up

By Robert Thomson

Late-night drivers on the western side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia beware: This is not a good week for smooth travels. You'll see that by checking an earlier posting called The week ahead in traffic and transit, where I listed extensive night work for the HOT lanes and Dulles Metrorail projects. Now, add this to the list of night work in that corridor.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and continuing for succeeding nights through Tuesday, Feb. 22, all lanes of Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) under the Beltway in Merrifield will close for bridge beam placement. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays by 7 a.m. on Saturday and by 9 a.m. Sunday.

Through traffic traveling eastbound on Route 50 will be detoured to Gallows Road (Route 650), to Lee Highway (Route 29), to Fairview Park Drive, back to Route 50 east. Route 50 east traffic exiting onto the Beltway's inner loop (I-495 north) will be directed to use that same detour.

Through traffic traveling westbound on Route 50 will be detoured to Fairview Park Drive, to Lee Highway (Route 29), to Gallows Road (Route 650), back to Route 50 west. Route 50 west traffic exiting onto I-495 south will be directed to use the same detour.

By Robert Thomson  | February 15, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail, HOT lanes  
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