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New work at Beltway/Telegraph Road

Drivers who use the Capital Beltway around the Telegraph Road interchange are in for some significant delays as the construction there enters a new phase this month.

This next phase of the Wilson Bridge project involves the building of three ramps to improve traffic flow. The new ramps will provide direct access from Telegraph Road North to Eisenhower Avenue, from the outer loop to Telegraph Road North, and from the outer loop directly to Eisenhower Avenue. This also includes a bike and pedestrian path.

But this lengthy phase is likely to be more disruptive for traffic in the interchange area than the earlier ramp construction in the area.

The work is scheduled to be done in three segments. In the first, scheduled to start next Friday night, March 19, workers will demolish the outer loop ramp to Telegraph Road North. Drivers will be detoured to a temporary exit ramp that ends at a traffic signal where they will turn left onto northbound Telegraph Road.

The temporary red light will reduce the number of vehicles that can pass on both Telegraph Road North and on the outer loop ramp to Telegraph Road North. That traffic light will be there until late 2010. At that point, the ramp connecting the outer loop to Telegraph Road North will be done.

Other temporary changes in traffic patterns around the interchange are scheduled to begin this summer and fall.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 11, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock  
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