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Headaches on the horizon

Construction of the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner is closing the on-ramp from southbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) to the eastbound Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) toward I-66 for about three months.

The closing, scheduled to start after tonight's rush hour, makes room for workers who will be building the supports for the elevated rail line near the Dulles Connector Road bridge across Route 123 in the McLean-Tysons Corner area.

Traffic using southbound Route 123 from the McLean area to reach eastbound I-66 and the Connector Road can use this detour to the eastbound Dulles Connector Road:
-- Continue south on Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123)
-- Turn left on Colshire Drive
-- Turn right on Colshire Meadow Drive
-- Turn right on Old Meadow Road
-- Turn right on to northbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) to enter the ramp to eastbound Dulles Connector Road (Route 267 toward eastbound I-66).

Here's a project map showing the detour:

Metrorail ramp closing.jpg

By Robert Thomson  |  March 8, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail  
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Thanks, Doc! P.S. Please don't make me go there.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | March 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I wonder if it wouldn't be much easier to just make a U-turn, rather than follow the officially sanctioned detour?

Posted by: thetan | March 8, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there are "No U-Turn" signs at those intersections? (I don't know, as I haven't gone that way in a while.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 9, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Due to the traffic on that part of 123 it may be easier to turn left onto Great Falls Rd., then right onto Old Chain Bridge Rd., then right onto Anderson Rd., then take right back onto 123 to get onto 267 East. If this effects you daily, try both to see what would be faster/easier.

Posted by: etone1 | March 9, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

There are no "No U-Turn" signs at those intersections.

Posted by: thetan | March 9, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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