Mike Salmon 703-383-2850
April 1, 2008
LANE REDUCTION ON BELTWAY OUTER LOOP
Traffic Required to Merge from Four to Three Lanes
The reduction from four to three lanes on this portion of the Outer Loop is expected to remain in place until the outer portion of the future Beltway widening is completed in 2011. The lane reduction will be implemented in the same vicinity on the Inner Loop (I-95 South/I-495 West) in the coming months.
The lane reduction is planned for implementation, beginning on Friday night at 9:00 p.m., April 4 until Sunday evening, April 6. During this time, two of the four lanes on the Outer
Once the earlier merge from four to three lanes is in place, motorists may experience some delays until they become acclimated to the change. In addition, traffic engineers anticipate that the typical backups, which occur in this area during peak travel times, will be shifted to the new merge point.
“The extension of the three-lane Beltway configuration is necessary to provide a safe work area for crews as they rebuild the Telegraph Road Interchange, widen the Beltway from Route 1 to the Eisenhower Connector Exit and install new sound walls,” commented Ronaldo T. Nicholson, P.E., Project Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and Director of Mega-Projects for Northern Virginia. “In addition to improving safety for residents, commuters and workers alike, this approach ultimately will minimize impacts on motorists. The available work space reduces the need for ongoing short-term Beltway lane closures and expedites the project’s overall schedule,” added Nicholson.
Replacing the soundwall, which separates the Beltway from adjacent residences, is among the first construction activity that will occur in the coming months as part of the Telegraph Road Interchange effort. In addition, crews will install new roadway drainage structures and will begin rebuilding the area south-of-the-Beltway at the Telegraph Road Interchange.
Ultimately, the new, grade-separated Telegraph Road Interchange will provide access to eastbound
Traffic lights will provide access from northbound
Overall, the contract will build eleven ramps and bridges, five box culvert extensions, drainage improvements, retaining walls, noise walls, pedestrian paths, traffic systems, lighting, signage and landscaping.
Business and utility relocations as well as ground strengthening work were completed in advance of the interchange reconstruction.
Though this final phase of construction is just getting underway, other major elements of the 7.5-mile Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project are nearing completion. In late May, the second new span of the Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open to Inner Loop (I-95 South/I-495 West) traffic, with all lanes of both bridge spans and on the mainline Beltway (from the MD 210 Interchange to Route 1 in Virginia) opening in late fall 2008. The majority of traffic improvements on the new interchanges at
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