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Headaches on the horizon

Va. Beltway Friday night
Tonight, a traffic shift is scheduled at Exit 50 on I-495 north, and at the on-ramps from Route 50 west to I-495 north. The shift will remain in place for six to eight months to allow for new bridge construction as part of the Beltway HOT lanes project.

When this process gets underway at 9:30 p.m., crews will begin to re-stripe the pavement. This won't require lane closings. The new traffic pattern will be in effect by 7 a.m. Saturday, if the schedule holds. The exit ramp traffic shift for I-495 north will begin near the Gallows Road interchange heading toward Exit 50, Arlington Boulevard (Route 50). The on-ramp merge from Route 50 west and Fairview Park to I-495 north will also be reconfigured.

Road work in Tysons Corner
The southbound exit ramp from the Beltway's outer loop (I-495 south) to southbound Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) will close overnight tonight and Saturday night, Dec. 11-12. The ramp will be closed between 11 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each night, so crews can relocate barriers, and stripe and pave asphalt as part of the Dulles Metrorail project.

Drivers will have these options to reach southbound Chain Bridge Road:
-- Use the exit to northbound Chain Bridge Road toward McLean.
-- Remain on the exit ramp and use the on-ramp to northbound I-495 (inner loop).
-- From northbound I-495, use the exit to southbound Chain Bridge Road.

Metrorail weekend delays
They start tonight on the Red and Orange lines.

Red Line: Trains will share a track between Medical Center and Grosvenor from 8 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Add at least 20 minutes to a normal trip time. Every other train in the direction of Shady Grove will end its run at Friendship Heights and return to Glenmont.

Orange Line: Trains will share a track between Cheverly and Stadium-Armory from 9:30 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Add at least half an hour to a normal trip time.

These times are subject to change. Metro could start the work earlier if it wants to.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 11, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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