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Get There Archive: Springfield Interchange

The Weekend and Beyond

Va. HOV Lanes Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the I-95/395 HOV lanes will return to their standard schedule, remaining open to all traffic southbound from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The lanes will re-open northbound to all traffic at 11 p.m. Since early August, the southbound HOV hours for all traffic had been extended to accommodate increased summer traffic and lane closures associated with the I-95 widening project in Fairfax and Prince William counties. Returning to the standard HOV schedule will continue to help alleviate delays, as the construction requires overnight lane closures on northbound I-95 in coming weeks. http://www.vamegaprojects.com/lane-closures/closure-maps/08302009/ HOT Lane Construction Beginning Thursday night, Sept. 10 , steel beams will be lifted into place for a new bridge at I-66 west over I-495 south. Motorists can expect I-495 south total lane closures from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights for the next two...

By Ashley Halsey  |  September 4, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Springfield Interchange , Weekend Work , highways , intercounty connector  
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Major Highway Improvement Today

Travelers heading south onto I-95 from the Capital Beltway's outer loop should find the new highway ramp open this morning at the Springfield interchange . The project's managers have been anxious to get the thing open, because the new, easier merge represents one of the final big improvements in the eight-year reconstruction of the massive interchange. Plans to open the ramp were set back several times by the fall weather -- too cool or wet for the new lane paint to stick to the pavement. For Local Traffic: The Virginia Department of Transportation says the old ramp that was going to remain open for local traffic to use Exit 169B/A (Old Keene Mill/Franconia Road) will close for about six months to allow for construction work in the local ramp area. The local ramp was to remain open until later December or January, but the work schedule has been moved up....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 15, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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VDOT Postpones Ramp Opening

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that it has to postpone the opening of the new ramp at the Springfield interchange until next week. VDOT had hoped for a Wednesday opening, as you'll see in the posting below this one. The cold weather is preventing the contractor from painting lane markings on the new ramp, which will carry traffic from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to Interstate 95 southbound. The temperature has to be at least 45 degrees for the markings to adhere to the pavement. Let's hope for some sun to warm that pavement....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2006; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Improvement at Springfield on Wednesday

Some of our bigger projects are so complex and long lasting that we're stunned when told we can actually drive on them. I feel that way about the plan to open an important new ramp at the Springfield Interchange on Wednesday morning. While it's a fragment of the total project -- which is one of the largest public works under construction in the nation -- it has my attention because the new ramp is designed to ease what I always saw as one of the interchange's main hazards: the need to merge left across several lanes to head south on I-95. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open Exit 57A from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to I-95 South by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. The ramp has two lanes, but only one would be opened at that hour, to allow space for the final work on lane markings....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Weekend at the Bowl

The Virginia Department of Transportation has published its advisory for this coming weekend's work at the Springfield Interchange. (Note also our posting below that has information about the work on Thursday night that affects traffic on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway at the Mixing Bowl.) What/Where:9 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Weather permitting. VDOT will install concrete beams for the new HOV lanes bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. To perform this operation VDOT will have 8-10 intermittent stoppages, 15-minutes, on I-395 South, south of Edsall Road leading to I-395 South Exits: Exit 1A: I-395/95 South, CLOSED, on both nights for the duration of work. I-395 South motorists heading to I-95 South must use Exit 1B - Springfield, and merge left to access the I-95 South lanes. Exit 1B: I-395 South to Springfield Exit 1C: I-395 South to flyover...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 22, 2006; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Mixing Bowl Advisory

VDOT asked us to remind everybody about the overnight work going on this week at the Springfield Interchange that will shut down part of the Capital Beltway's outer loop. Here's what's going on: What/Where: Through Thursday night, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Weather permitting, VDOT will close the Capital Beltway outer loop, I-495 East (toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge) and the exit off the outer loop to I-395 North (toward Washington) about three-fourths of a mile before and after I-95/395 to erect the final steel span connecting the two segments of the new I-395 North bridge to the Beltway inner loop, I-495 North, expected to open this fall. Motorist Impact: I-495 East motorists heading to the Wilson Bridge and motorists exiting the Outer Loop to I-395 North heading to Washington must exit onto I-95 South to Exit 166, Fairfax County Parkway East (Route 7100) and turn around onto I-95 North....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 20, 2006; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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