Beltway Shift, Closures This Weekend

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 11:12 PM EDT
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Beltway Shift, Closures This Weekend

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HOT Lanes construction in northern Virginia will likely trigger delays and backups for inner loop drivers this weekend.

Saturday night, all four lanes of I-495 North (Inner Loop) will shift to the right after the Braddock Road (Route 620) overpass to near the Little River Turnpike (Route 236) Interchange, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

To prepare for the traffic shift, three right lanes on I-495 north from Braddock Road to Little River Turnpike will be closed Saturday at 9:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. After midnight, all lanes on I-495 north will close for up to 30 minutes at a time to complete the traffic shift.

All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution when they drive through that area. Crews will be working on HOT Lanes construction in the center of the Beltway.

Bridge and road work will also cause other Beltway closures.

I-495 south at I-66:  Each night, Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, May 26, starting at 9:30 p.m. one lane will close on I-495 south at I-66, progressing to a full I-495 south closure after 11 p.m. for steel beam placement. The I-66 westbound ramp to I-495 south and the left I-66 eastbound HOV ramp to I-495 south/north will also be closed.

Motorists will be detoured from I-495 south to I-66 west, to Exit 62, Nutley Street. Follow signage to I-66 east back to I-495 south. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

I-495 west/north at I-395:  Each night, Sunday, May 22 through Thursday, May 26, starting at 9:00 p.m. one lane will close on I-495 west/north at I-395, progressing to a full I-495 north closure after 11 p.m.

Motorists will be detoured to I-395 north to Exit 2, Edsall Road. Follow signage to I-395 south, and take Exit 1D, I-495 north. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

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