Weekend Work Near Wilson Bridge
Watch for a construction project that will close part of the outer loop tonight through Sunday evening.
Starting at 9 p.m., two of the outer loop's four lanes between the Eisenhower Connector and Telegraph Road are scheduled to close, with all the lanes reopening by Sunday evening in a new three-lane configuration.
This work may sound familiar because it was postponed from last weekend. If the forecast for tonight through Sunday looks bad for the work, project managers could still postpone it. If I hear that, I'll post it right away.
But if the project comes off this weekend, the result will be an earlier merge from four to three lanes on the outer loop approaching the Wilson Bridge. You regulars know that traffic backs up in this area. Stay alert this coming week, because the backup will likely start sooner as a result of the shift in the merge point. It will probably stay this way until 2011. (Same thing will happen soon on the inner loop.)
This is part of the Wilson Bridge project, and the reason for shifting the merge a mile west is to prepare for a new phase of construction at the Telegraph Road Interchange. That's the last big piece of the $2.5 billion bridge project, which involves not only the replacement of the bridge but also the reconstruction of two interchanges in Maryland and two in Virginia.
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