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HOT lanes update

The High Occupancy Toll lanes project, one of the biggest highway projects in the nation, will make significant progress along the Capital Beltway this year, completing some new bridges, switching traffic onto them and demolishing more old bridges so they can be rebuilt and widened.

Even though four lanes remain open on each loop during rush hours, traffic disruptions will continue this year in the work zone between the Springfield interchange and just north of the Dulles Toll Road.

Some of the delays stem from slight shifts in the lanes, or from drivers slowing to watch what's going on all around them along the 14-mile route. But there also will be numerous off-peak lane closings, and sometimes complete shutdowns of the Beltway loops.

Once all the bridges are widened and the four new lanes are paved, traffic will be shifted onto them and the four center lanes will be closed. Those are the lanes that will be rebuilt into the HOT lanes. The whole project is scheduled to be done by late 2012 or early 2013, so there's still plenty of work to go. Here's one important work zone for this weekend:

Braddock Road/Beltway
Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday, the Braddock Road (Route 620) eastbound ramp to the outer loop (I-495 south) will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday to allow workers to relocate utilities. Police will direct traffic. Drivers on Braddock Road may encounter delays approaching the Beltway interchange.

After this weekend, two more weekend ramp closings will be needed to complete the utility relocation. The Braddock Road westbound ramp to the inner loop (I-495 north) is scheduled to close from 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, through 5 a.m. Monday, April 19. The ramp from the inner loop to Braddock Road westbound is scheduled to close from 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, through 5 a.m. Monday, April 26.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Braddock Road Beltway construction, Braddock Road interchange, Braddock Road traffic, Capital Beltway construction, Capital Beltway traffic information, HOT lane construction, HOT lanes traffic information, VDOT traffic information, Virginia Beltway construction, Virginia Beltway information, Virginia Beltway traffic, Virginia traffic information, driving in Virginia  
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Comments

What is going on @ Chain Bridge heading towards DC in the morning? Ever since Tuesday there has been a backup on Military Rd just leading onto Glebe Rd. Less cars seem to be getting through with each cycle at the bottom of the hill (40 minutes later). Has the signal timing been adjusted to give priority to Chain Bridge Rd? Can you check with VDot Dr. Gridlock?

Posted by: wpjunk | April 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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