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Alert for Southern MD Drivers

With the holidays over, highway work picks up again. The highlight: A section of Route 5 near the Capital Beltway in Prince George's is scheduled to shut down for the weekend, as part of Maryland's $52 million project to rebuild the interchange at the Beltway.

This project, designed to improve access to the Branch Avenue Metro station, started in March 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2009.

This part involves placement of structural steel for a flyover ramp to southbound Route 5 (Branch Avenue). This will require the closing of Route 5 between Auth Road and Manchester Drive from 2 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday.

The right lane along the Beltway's outer loop will be blocked for about a quarter mile north of the interchange. Also, the ramp from the outer loop to northbound Route 5 will be closed. Drivers will have no direct access from the inner loop to southbound Route 5 during the work period.

These are the detours that the State Highway Administration will put in place for Route 5 motorists.

For traffic using southbound Route 5 or the inner loop ramp to southbound Route 5: Take the ramp for southbound I-95 to Exit 4A (Route 414 - Saint Barnabas Road westbound). Use the Route 414 interchange to re-enter northbound I-95/I-495 and head back to southbound Route 5. This detour is about 7 miles of detour.

For traffic using northbound Route 5 the Beltway ramp to northbound Route 5: Exit onto northbound I-95/I-495 to Exit 9, Route 337 (Allentown Road). Loop through the Route 337 interchange to reach southbound I-95/I-495 or to continue north on Route 5. This is about 3 miles of detour.

If the weather is bad, the work will be postponed till the following weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 2, 2008; 5:06 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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