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HOT lanes projects resuming

A couple of projects along the Capital Beltway in Virginia that were postponed for weeks because of the heavy snows now have new schedules.

Of prime interest to thousands of drivers is the program to restore the exit ramps from eastbound Interstate 66 to the inner loop of the Capital Beltway. That already congested area got worse when the ramp pattern was changed to accommodate construction of the High Occupancy Toll lanes along the Beltway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation saw the problem where the HOV exit and the regular traffic exit come together, but a first fix didn't do enough to ease the traffic. The new one, the long-postponed one, will put the ramps back in their original configuration.

Weather permitting, the work will begin Tuesday night and should be done by the end of the week.

Another project that had to be postponed several times is now slated for this weekend.
Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday, VDOT will close the Braddock Road (Route 620) eastbound exit ramp to the outer loop until 5 a.m. Monday to allow workers to install a new waterline.

Detour: Continue east on Braddock Road, over the Beltway, and take the exit ramp onto I-495 north (the inner loop) and follow the ramp around onto Braddock Road west back over I-495 to exit onto I-495 south (the outer loop).

Drivers on Braddock Road may encounter delays approaching the Beltway, especially during peak day and evening hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 10, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes  
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