Lane Closings on Virginia's Route 50
The left lane in each direction on Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) will be closed until the end of February so workers can build two new bridge piers to support new Capital Beltway lanes. This is part of the HOT lanes (high occupancy or toll) project:
Route 50's two right through-lanes will remain open in each direction. After this phase of construction is complete, the left lanes will reopen. But nighttime lane closures under the bridge will begin again as work continues on new lanes connecting the Beltway and Route 50. These nighttime closures will probably last through the end of 2011.
Here's a link to text and a map that will show you the different phases of construction at the Route 50/Beltway interchange.
The basic idea: The outer lanes now under construction will become regular travel lanes. Once they're done, it's the inner lanes that will be converted into the HOT lanes. This construction planned was designed to reduce the disruption and traffic congestion over the next few years.
Virginia's HOT lanes (high occupancy or toll) project:">MegaProjects Web site provides a weekly list of these and other construction activities.
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