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Beltway shift in Tysons

The Capital Beltway's outer loop in Tysons Corner will be in a slightly different place Thursday morning, if the Wednesday night work goes according to plan.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to shift the four lanes of I-495 south onto a new bridge over Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) starting at 9:30 p.m. The operation, part of the Beltway HOT lanes project, should be complete by 5 a.m. Thursday.

For southbound drivers, it means that they will shift slightly to the right as they approach the Route 123 interchange. (Exit ramps to 123 north and south also are being realigned.) As drivers pass through the interchange, they will shift back to the current Beltway configuration.

Bridge demolition
During the second weekend in June, the old Beltway bridge is scheduled to be demolished. That will require the complete closing of Route 123 at the Beltway from 9:30 p.m. June 11 through 5 a.m. June 14.

Traffic in and out of Tysons Corner will be detoured. Drivers leaving the shopping areas will be directed to Route 7. McLean traffic heading into Tysons will be directed to Georgetown Pike (Route 193). Expect delays navigating the Route 123 and I-495 interchange.

After the demolition of the old bridge, workers will start building a new one, as well as a HOT Lanes connection into Tysons Corner at the Westpark Drive bridge. Meanwhile, other crews will be working on the Dulles Metrorail guideway piers over the Beltway.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
 
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