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Beltway Changes Coming

[Update: The forecast for continuing rain has led the Wilson Bridge project to cancel all the work scheduled for this weekend.]

They're moving the Beltway again.

The Capital Beltway's outer loop on the Maryland side of the Wilson Bridge will be shifted to the right this weekend. A similar operation was performed recently with the inner loop lanes in that area as the bridge reconstruction project puts the bridge approach into its new configuration.

The work affects about a one-mile stretch of the highway between the I-295 and Route 210 interchanges. You'll want to avoid that area if at all possible while the work is going on Friday night and Saturday, and if you have to travel that way, be prepared for delays and alert for slow traffic.

On the Virginia side this weekend, you'll see crews installing large storm water drain pipes beneath the Beltway and doing some of the roadwork necessary to prepare for lane shifts on the inner loop in that area on the weekend of Nov. 2.

Here are the details about this weekend's work on the Maryland side of the Beltway.
Time: 9 p.m. Friday until as late as 8 a.m. Saturday. (If weather happens, this work will shift to Saturday night.)
Watch for: The outer loop will be reduced to a single lane between the I-295 and Route 210 interchanges. Ramps will be closed at I-295 South to the outer loop, the outer loop to Route 210 North, Route 210 North to the outer loop and Route 414 East and West to the outer loop.
Result: By 8 a.m. Saturday, the outer loop lanes should be in their new configuration.

Here are the details about this weekend's work on the Virginia side.
Time: 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday afternoon.
Watch for: One inner loop lane will be closed and the other two lanes will be shifted about 50 feet to the right into a temporary detour pattern between the Route 1 and Telegraph Road interchanges. The ramps from the
inner loop to Route 1 South and Telegraph Road North and South will be closed for a short time Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The temporary detour will take drivers to Route 1 North.
Result: Late Saturday afternoon, the inner loop lanes will reopen gradually and traffic will flow on the existing Beltway pattern. (The big change there is the Nov. 2 weekend.)

Next week on the Wilson Bridge: Late night and very early morning traffic will be stopped periodically while demolition operations occur on the old bridge and the new bridge's draw span is tested. This will not affect rush periods. You can find a full description of all the work here on the bridge project's Web site.

(Notice how much information the bridge project puts out about upcoming events? Contrast that with how little we hear about the Rock Creek Parkway reconstruction. Even though the Wilson Bridge project is huge and spans many years, I get fewer complaints from drivers about that work than about the much smaller year-long National Park Service/Federal Highway Administration effort to rehab the southern park of the parkway.)

By Robert Thomson  |  October 25, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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Bob - Weather always happens, I think you meant if BAD or extreme weather happens the work will shift.

Posted by: Mr. NOAA | October 25, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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