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What's Up With Construction on Beltway in Virginia

The debate over infrastructure in the federal stimulus plan this winter might leave some thinking that we've stopped building anything. But that thought wouldn't occur to commuters who use the western arc of the Beltway in Virginia.

Already, the HOT (high occupancy or toll) lanes project has cleared large swaths of territory on either side of the highway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation provides periodic updates. Here's what's going on this week, according to VDOT.

Braddock Road sidewalk demolition continues on the eastbound bridge. It's going to be a big detour for walkers. See it on this map. VDOT notes that pedestrians can also use Metrobus 17A, 17G and 17M across the Braddock Road bridge.

The right lane of Braddock Road will be closed in both directions during daytime hours this week. The start of the westbound bridge demolition is now scheduled for next Monday, when traffic will be shifted to the eastbound bridge. Two new temporary traffic signals will be installed at the ramp terminuses at I-495 north to Braddock Road west and at I-495 south to Braddock Road east. See details here.

The right lane of I-395 South will be closed during the day at the Springfield Interchange. I-395 HOV single lane closures will occur at night through Thursday. A daytime right lane I-395 HOV lane closure will occur at the Springfield Interchage from Tuesday to Thursday.

The left lane of Gallows Road east and west will be closed during the daytime hours this week for sidewalk and median removal. The left lanes of Arlington Boulevard in both directions under I-495 are closed for about 70 more days.

The right lane of I-66 will be closed at the I-495 interchange during daytime hours today and Wednesday.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 17, 2009; 10:33 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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Comments

Thanks for posting the news about the sidewalk demolition and detour on Braddock Road. One would think that for the $2 billion price tag of this project that VDOT would be capable of coming up with something a little better for accommodating pedestrians. That ride on Metrobus 17A, 17G and 17M should be free in that corridor. And what is the bus headway in that part of the county, anyway? How about bus shelters? This will go on for up to 12 months.

I wonder if anyone from VDOT has actually walked or bicycled the proposed detour. Will there be signs along the route of the detour?

If VDOT is going so far as to erect temporary traffic lights for drivers--at considerable expense, no doubt--then why not drop down some jersey barriers to create a temporary walkway so walkers and bikers don't have to travel an hour out of their way? If they treated drivers like this, there would blood in the streets.

A similar situation will be unfolding at the Franconia-Springfield Parkway/I 95 overpass.

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | February 18, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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