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This Week on Virginia's Big Projects

While many of Virginia's transportation project have been severely restricted because of limited revenue and rising construction costs, several very big projects continue to advance.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has an office that coordinates information about the impact these Megaprojects will have on commuters.

These are the projects and their status, according to the Megaprojects office.

Capital Beltway HOT Lanes

Work is underway to build 14 miles of high occupancy or toll lanes from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road. There will be some daytime single lane closures as crews continue to restripe roadways, pave and prepare for bridge work.

Lane closures on various nights are planned for:
-- Lee Highway (Route 29) near the I-495 overpass
-- I-495 north near the Leesburg Pike (Route 7) interchange
-- I-495 south near the Gallows Road (Route 650) interchange
-- I-495 near the Braddock Road (Route 620)

Dulles Metrorail Project
Utility relocation is underway on Route 7 in the Tysons Corner area in preparation for the construction of a new Metrorail line through Tysons and on to Whiele Avenue, the first state of a program to create a rail link to Dulles AIrport.

I-95 Widening
A fourth lane will be added in each direction for six miles on I-95 from Occoquan Road (Route 123) at the Occoquan River to Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100). Single lane closures continue at off-peak times of the day in various areas of the construction zone.

Lane widths on Furnace Road will be reduced at I-95 in Lorton through spring of 2009.

You will find more information about lane closures at this VDOT page. Generally, VDOT doesn't close lanes during rush periods, which are 5 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 27, 2008; 9:01 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction  
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