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New Traffic Pattern Coming at Braddock Road/Beltway

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VDOT map shows temporary lanes and exits planned for interchange.

Drivers will see a new traffic pattern next week at the Braddock Road/Capital Beltway interchange, as Virginia continues the construction that will create the high occupancy or toll (HOT) lanes.

The work is scheduled to start a week from today. The westbound Braddock Road bridge over the Beltway will be demolished and traffic will be shifted to what has been the eastbound bridge, which will have two lanes in each direction.

To make room for that additional lane, the Virginia Department of Transportation says, the sidewalk will be demolished. Pedestrians will be directed to the Wakefield Park Bridge over the Beltway. Here's a map of the detour.

The ramps from the Beltway will be reconfigured, and temporary traffic signals will control the flow of traffic from the inner loop onto westbound Braddock Road and from the outer loop to eastbound Braddock Road.

The demolition of the westbound bridge will take about six weeks, VDOT says. Meanwhile, the two right lanes on either side of the Beltway will be closed week nights from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

It will take about a year to build the new westbound bridge. After that, all traffic will be shifted from the eastbound bridge to the new one.

The HOT lanes along the western side of the Beltway in Virginia are scheduled for completion in 2012. The work going on now will add lanes on the outer sides of the Beltway. They will become regular travel lanes, and the existing inner lanes will be converted to HOT lanes. The goal of this construction plan is to reduce the disruption for drivers during the building.

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By Robert Thomson  |  February 11, 2009; 8:13 AM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving  
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If I read the scale of that map of the detour correctly, for the next year or longer VDOT is going to require pedestrians to walk more than three miles extra due to this construction project.

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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