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Beltway Shutdown in Tysons Overnight Sept. 25

The results of closing all Beltway lanes at any hour can be pretty spectacular, so be sure to avoid the Beltway as midnight approaches on Friday, Sept. 25.

All lanes of the Beltway at Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) are scheduled to be shut several times between midnight and 5 a.m. for up half an hour at a time, says the Virginia Department of Transportation. This includes the ramps to and from Chain Bridge Road.

This page has a map that shows the closed roadways.

Tysons is ground zero for two huge transportation projects, the Beltway HOT lanes and the Rail to Dulles project. Oftentimes here on the blog, I'm telling you about the latest lane shifts that are part of the HOT lanes project. But this Friday night event is part of the rail project. The Beltway closing will give Dominion Virginia Power a chance to relocate overhead power lines for the project.

In fact, their is overnight work in the area this week and next that is part of the HOT lanes project, so let me restate the details:

Drivers along the outer loop of the Beltway at Interstate 66 should expect lane closures, delays and detours overnights Mondays through Thursdays while steel beams are lifted for a new bridge over the Beltway that will be used by the High Occupancy Toll lanes. Also, the ramp from I-66 west to the outer loop is scheduled to close overnights starting Monday night and traffic will be detoured. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Some ramps to and from the Beltway and Route 50 will close weekdays this week: Exit 50A, the ramp from the Inner Loop to westbound Route 50, and Exit 52B, the ramp from the Beltway's outer loop to eastbound Route 50, will close.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Metrorail, Rail to Dulles, Tysons development  
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Friday night just happens to be Rosh Hashanah. Let's hope all the clergy and worshipers at synagogues in that area (are you listening, Rodef Shalom? NoVa Hebrew Cong.? Maybe even B'nai Shalom?) are planning on winding up their services and post-service schmoozing in time for everyone to get past that bottleneck before this all starts. In a word, "Oy!"

(Come to think of it, I think Friday night is also Eid-al-Fitr. Mosques, take note as well.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | September 14, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: nan_lynn, it's Friday, Sept. 25. I had it wrong in the original posting and have fixed it. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | September 14, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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