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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway HOT lanes
This work is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Lanes closed
-- Two right lanes of I-495 north at Exit 49 (Interstate 66) will close for steel beam erection.
-- Three right lanes of I-495 south at Exit 49 east will close for striping and roadway repairs.
-- Three left lanes of I-495 south at Exit 52 (Little River Turnpike) will close for demolition preparation. Expect full closures for up to half an hour after midnight.

Road closed
I-495 west (inner loop) will close at Exit 169 B/A (Springfield Franconia) for steel beam erection. Watch for detour signs.

Ramp closed
I-495 north ramp to Exit 49B (I-66 east) will close for steel beam erection. Detour in place.

Dulles Metrorail extension
Right lane of Industrial Way at Leesburg Pike (Route 7) will close for utility work.

Metrorail night work
There's lots of track work slowing trains each night this week. Wednesday night, work continues on both ends of the Red Line, and trips will take at least half an hour longer than normal after 10 p.m. On the eastern end of the Green Line, add 20 minutes to a normal trip time after 8 p.m. On the Yellow Line, add 20 minutes to a normal trip between Pentagon City and L'Enfant Plaza after 10 p.m.

Looking ahead ...
Route 267
Late Wednesday and very early Thursday, all eastbound and westbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Access Highway will be temporarily closed four times between midnight and 2:45 a.m. for utility relocation work on the Dulles Metrorail project.

The closings, weather permitting, will take place just east of the Hunter Mill Road interchange. The closing of the Airport Access Highway and the Toll Road will affect both the westbound off-ramp and the eastbound on-ramp from Hunter Mill Road. See a map at the bottom of this pdf page.

Drivers will begin to see the effects of this at 11 p.m. Wednesday, when police begin setting barriers and tapering off the lanes leading to the full closures. Traffic will be stopped in 15-minute segments between midnight and 2:45 a.m., then all lanes will reopen. In case of rain, the closings will take place late Thursday and early Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 20, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving , Metro , highways , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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