Changing Traffic Patterns Near Tysons for Express Lanes Project

Lane changes Thursday and Friday evening

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    An ongoing Express Lanes project means some new traffic patterns for Northern Virginia drivers. News4's Megan McGrath has the updates around Tysons Corner. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012)

    Motorists traveling through Tysons Corner - get ready for more changes in the traffic pattern. It is all a part of the ongoing Express Lanes project. Drivers should expect some confusion in the coming days as motorists get used to a new configuration.

    On Thursday night, VDOT will temporarily restore a 2nd lane on the ramp from the Outer Loop to I-66 West, that should help ease congestion in the area. Motorists will also temporarily gain a 5th travel lane in the area.

    Overnight Thursday, multiple lanes on I-66 west and Exit 49, I-495 south to I-66 west will be closed, VDOT says. One lane on I-66 west will remain open as crews restripe the pavement markings and move barriers to install the new fifth lane.

    VDOT recommends the following detour: Motorists using Exit 49, I-495 south to I-66 west will be directed to continue along I-495 south to Exit 52B, Little River Turnpike east (Route 236), ride the loop ramps and follow signage to I-495 north to Exit 49, I-495 north to I-66 west.

    Another big change happens Friday night. VDOT will remove the right "loop ramp" from eastbound Route 7 to the Inner Loop of the Beltway. Drivers on Rt. 7 will get onto the Inner Loop by taking a left hand turn at a new traffic signal.

    As difficult as the construction has been, there is at least light at the end of the tunnel. VDOT says the Express Lanes project is on schedule for completion by the end of 2012.