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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Night delays on Virginia Beltway

By Robert Thomson

Late-night drivers need to pay special attention this week to traffic restrictions on the Capital Beltway in Virginia. Here are some details about the overnight work on the new Metrorail line scheduled for Tysons Corner.

Construction of the aerial bridges that will carry tracks over the Beltway at Route 123 will require closing three lanes of the inner loop (northbound I‐495) from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. In addition, the ramps from the inner loop to both northbound and southbound Route
123 will be closed. Work crews will begin to shut down some lanes as early as 9:30 p.m.

Details
9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Crews will begin setting up barriers for the closing of the right lane on the inner loop about a half mile before the Route 7 exit. The exit ramps at Route 7 will not be affected.

10:30 p.m. Crews will begin to close the second right lane near the Route 7 bridge and the third lane before the Route 123 interchange. The ramps to and from Route 123 also will close at this time.

11 p.m. All closings are scheduled to be in effect.

5 a.m. All Beltway lanes and the exits to Route 123 will be reopened.

These closings also are scheduled to occur Thursday and Friday nights. They will continue nightly Sundays through Fridays for the next five weeks. Drivers should expect significant delays each night.

The closings of the exit ramps to northbound and southbound Route 123 will result in a detour: To reach Route 123 from the Beltway, drivers will be directed to continue north on the Beltway to Georgetown Pike (Route 193), loop around at Georgetown Pike and re-enter the southbound Beltway. Drivers will be able to exit to both directions of Route 123 from the southbound Beltway (outer loop).

In Tysons, drivers will see a large horizontal crane, also known as a truss, positioned near the Beltway. This will be used to build the bridges over I‐495. Traffic cannot travel safely under the bridge construction during the overnight work hours, hence the lane closings.

See also the plans for High Occupancy Toll lane construction this week.

By Robert Thomson  | February 16, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Tysons Corner, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail  
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