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New Beltway Ramp Opening in Prince George's

On Thursday night, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to open a reconfigured ramp along the Capital Beltway's outer loop at Landover Road. This is part of the $26.5 million project to turn Arena Drive into a fulltime exit, rather than one open only for events at FedEx Field. The overall project should be done this fall.

The rebuilt interchange at Landover Road will remove the cloverleaf design. That should provide easier access to and from the Beltway and end some of the weaving in and out that traffic has to do there.

The outer loop ramp to eastbound Landover Road (exit 17A) will lead to a signalized "T" intersection at the top of the ramp, controlled by a new traffic signal. The new pattern will allow outer loop traffic to head either east or west on Landover Road by using the one ramp from the Beltway. SHA created a similar design at University Boulevard and the Beltway in Silver Spring to end the traffic weaving.

On the weekend of March 14, SHA plans to temporarily close up to three left lanes along the inner loop between exit 19 (Route 50) and exit 15 (Central Avenue). After that, Beltway traffic will shift to a new pattern.

That will likely cause delays. Here are some bypasses: Use Routes 193 or 301 to the east and Interstate 295 to the west.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 3, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
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Typical MD SHA - We can move traffic faster by putting in more red lights!
The light at University is grossly inefficient, and fixed a 'problem' that never existed. What else will SHA go 'fix' after Landover Road?

Posted by: vtavgjoe | March 4, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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