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Headaches on the horizon

Many have already begun their holiday getaway on the highways around Washington. But watch out for some emergency road work. The snow melt is opening up patches of potholes that must be repaired quickly.

Beltway pothole repairs
Lanes and one ramp of the Capital Beltway's inner loop in Virginia will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday for emergency pothole repairs, the Wilson Bridge project says. During the repairs, the inner loop will be narrowed to one lane between Route 1 to just west of the Cameron Run Bridge. Also, the ramp from Telegraph Road north to the inner loop will be closed.

I-66 repairs Thursday
The left lane of westbound I-66 will be closed between Great Falls Street and the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) split for emergency pothole repair, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. There's no set time for wrapping up the repair, but the work is likely to cause congestion.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 23, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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So much for VDOT's promise to defer all construction activities until after the holiday weekend. I got stuck in this mess with absolutely NO warning. None of the variable signs in Maryland that I passed indicated any problem through Virginia. Why does it take 8 hours overnight to conudct "pothole repairs?" Don't they have a truck (pothole killer) that handles miles upon miles of repairs in a single day.

The backup from this unscheduled construction activity spanned into Maryland beyond 210, and results in an almost hour delay to get from Maryland into Alexandria. Those better have been some killer potholes to back up traffic that bad!

Posted by: Russtinator | December 28, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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