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Headaches on the Horizon

Toll Road Lane Closings
The Dulles Rail construction project plans to close lanes in both directions on the Dulles Toll Road starting Thursday. Unlike most of the work so far, these will be daytime lane closings, starting after morning rush and ending before the afternoon surge begins.

Look for this activity from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, through Oct. 23:

-- The eastbound left lane will be closed from about two-thirds of a mile west of Wiehle Avenue to Wiehle Avenue.
-- The eastbound right lane will be closed from about a half mile east of Wiehle Avenue to just west of the W&OD Trail crossing.
-- The eastbound right lane will be closed for 200 feet just west of Hunter Mill Road.
-- The westbound right lane will be closed for about 200 feet east of the W&OD Trail bridge crossing between Hunter Mill Road and Wiehle Avenue.

New Pattern on Route 28
This Friday, part of the new interchange at Route 28 and Frying Pan Road east of Dulles Airport is scheduled to open.

Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 28 will then reach eastbound Frying Pan Road by new ramps. Westbound Frying Pan Road traffic will continue to use the annoying traffic signal to reach both directions of Route 28.

The partial opening of the long-awaited interchange is great news, so why have I got it listed under "Headaches"? Only because drivers should expect lane closings and flagging operations at the interchange after the morning rush on Friday as crews redirect traffic.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 14, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the Horizon  
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