Alert: Lane Shift near Wilson Bridge
Motorists on the Beltway's inner loop will see a new traffic pattern this morning as they approach the Wilson Bridge from the Maryland side.
As part of the reconstruction of the interchanges and bridge approaches, the lanes have been shifted about 60 feet to the right for a stretch of about three-quarters of a mile from just past Exit 4 (Route 414/St. Barnabas Road) to Exit 3 (Route 210). Then they shift back to the left into their old alignment.
Crews were scheduled to work overnight until about 5 o'clock this morning to finish the pavement markings and move barriers.
By the time the Wilson Bridge project is completed, the Beltway lanes will have been reconfigured to separate local and long-distance travelers. Those of you who drive along those new lanes today will be driving on what ultimately will become the new inner loop local lanes.
While you're there, workers will be building the new express lanes, to the left of the locals.
Next up: In mid-August, another traffic shift is scheduled, as the inner loop lanes from Route 210 to the bridge are shifted to the right, for the same purpose.
Please be careful out there today: The inner loop traffic near the bridge has been very heavy the past couple of mornings, including the traffic exiting to head north on that crawl toward the 11th Street Bridge over the Anacostia.
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