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Headaches on the horizon

This gloom and drizzle won't ease up until Wednesday, the Capital Weather Gang says, but it shouldn't impede your Tuesday night travels. However, there's a lot of road work scheduled, plus a couple of projects big enough to give you a week's warning.

Beltway HOT lanes
This work is scheduled from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
-- Three right lanes of I-495 south at Gallows Road (Route 650) will close. Expect full roadway closings of up to half an hour after midnight.
-- Three left lanes of I-495 north at I-66 will close for steel beam erection.
-- A single right lane of I-495 south will close at Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) for traffic shift preparations. (There's a big shift coming up once the first of the two new Beltway bridges is done.)
-- A single left lane of I-66 east will close between Cedar Lane and the Beltway for sign foundation bores.

Dulles Metrorail
This work also is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
-- Two lanes of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) east from the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) to Spring Hill Road will close for utility work.
-- A single left lane of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) west from Westpark Drive to Spring Hill Road will close for utility work.
-- A single left lane of Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) north between Old Meadow Road to Anderson Road will close for utility work.

Wilson Bridge openings
There are two scheduled: One for 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and another for 8:15 p.m. Thursday.

Beltway in Prince George's
The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning a resurfacing project on the Beltway's outer loop between Branch Avenue and D'Arcy Road. The project also includes a half-mile of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Beltway and Old Marlboro Pike/Westphalia Road and the exit ramp from Forestville Road to the outer loop.

Watch for single lane closings from 8 to 9 p.m. and then double lane closings from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

Seat belt checkpoint
Note Ashley Halsey's posting about the Wednesday afternoon and evening seatbelt checkpoint on the D.C.-Prince George's County line. (And remember, the three most important elements in driver safety are enforcement, enforcement and publicity about enforcement.)

Dulles Metrorail
Drivers who use Magarity Road in the McLean/Falls Church/Tysons area will encounter significant delays the nights of May 19 through 21. The road is scheduled to close between Olney Road and Great Falls Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.

During the closing, steel will be erected on a new bridge that will carry tracks for the Dulles Metrorail line in the median of the Dulles Connector Road across Magarity Road, which runs north-south parallel to Route 123 from Great Falls Street to Route 7. On these nights, all side streets south of the Dulles Connector Road along Magarity will be open.

A week away
I-95 widening
This is a big enough deal that you night owls may want to put it on your calendar now. Expect major delays on southbound I-95 at Lorton (Exits 161-163) between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday nights, May 25 and 26. Workers will replace an overhead sign structure.

On each of those nights, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the I-95 HOV lanes at 9 p.m. Two regular southbound lanes will close at 10:30 p.m. Only one southbound lane will be open between Exit161 and 163.

Traffic in all southbound lanes will be stopped for up to half an hour just after midnight and again from 1 to 3 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Alternatives? Cars can use Route 1 around the delays, but because of a low-hanging railroad overpass just north of Woodbridge, trucks can't.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Comments

For the I-95 widening on the 25th & 26th, why are they closing the HOV lanes? Seems like those would be ideal for moving traffic around the impacted area.

Posted by: gilmoredaniel | May 19, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"gilmoredaniel," it says they're replacing an overhead gantry. That means taking down metal structures that hang over the lanes and putting up new ones. Presumably the structure in question spans both the local and express lanes. Any time they raise or lower things from above travel lanes they have to shut them down (consider, for example, what would happen if the metal structure were dropped and landed on cars passing through the area).

Posted by: 1995hoo | May 19, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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