Route 123 Northbound Ramp Closed in Tysons
Just got back from circumnavigating the Beltway, mainly to see the impact of the new closure of the ramp the leads to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) northbound on the first morning rush hour since it took effect.
The traffic wasn't too bad in the Tysons area between 8 and 9 a.m. After all, it's August. I think my main issue is with the marking of the detour route to get outer loop drivers onto Route 123.
There are a couple of variable message boards reading "STAY ALERT ... 495 SB EXIT 46B CLOSED" and an orange detour sign, but drivers really have to be paying attention to figure this one out. They may not have heard about the ramp closing, and aren't looking for signs. They may be hugging the right side of the outer loop as usual and not anticipating they'll need to start their detour before their old exit -- and over to the left side of the Beltway.
Plus, if you look at the signs for exit 45B, it's not going to strike you as a natural detour route. Look at the sign in the picture. It looks like, if you follow the detour, you're going to wind up on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway and get a ticket for violating the HOV rules.
But that is indeed the way to go. And you'll get off very quickly, before reaching I-66. Take exit 19B to Route 123 north toward McLean or exit 19A to go south toward Tysons.
This is the sort of thing that the regulars eventually get used to, but we're in August, and the regulars are going to come back from vacations in waves over the next few weeks. So there may be a longer than usual period of adjustment. The ramp is scheduled to be closed through September.
August 17, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
Categories: Commuting , Construction , Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Route 123, Tysons
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