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Beltway Alert in Bethesda

After I did some traffic advisories for this week, a reader commented: "Dr. Gridlock, you've missed the new road construction on the inner loop after Old Georgetown Rd. Could you tell us what MD SHA is doing this time around?"

Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, says workers had inspected the trees and brush along the Beltway between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike, and they realized they needed to do some trimming for safety's sake.

The left lane on the inner loop is blocked for this work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.. This portion of the job should be completed by tomorrow. But then the work zone will shift to the left lane of the outer loop in the same area, as well as to the ramp lanes in the Rockville Pike and I-270 interchanges with the Beltway, Gischlar said.

This maintenance work will continue to involve left lane closures on the outer loop between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and the narrowing of ramp lanes at the interchanges. The crews are likely to be out there well into August.

Our commenter on the blog entry noted that this is a narrow area of the Beltway to begin with, so traffic is really backing up during the work hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2007; 12:46 PM ET
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