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Action This Week on HOT Lanes

Overnight drivers on the western side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia will encounter the HOT lanes construction project starting this week.

In the first phase, workers will build four new lanes on the outer sides of the Beltway. Later, the inner four lanes (two on each loop) will be converted into HOT (high occupancy or toll) lanes. They should be ready in 2013.

But for starters, here's what to expect in construction this week:
Tuesday and Wednesday: Southbound at I-66, two right lanes closed. First lane at 9:30 p.m., second lane at midnight. Lanes reopen by 5 am Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday: Southbound at I-66, the left lane will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Thursday and Friday: The left exit ramp from I-66 East to the southbound Beltway south will be closed on Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Friday from 11 p.m. - 9 a.m. Drivers will use the I-66 East right exit ramp to I-495 South.

Thursday and Friday: The I-66 west exit ramp to the southbound Beltway will be closed periodically on Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Friday from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 22, 2008; 6:38 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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