Drivers who make regular use of I-495 North and Route 123, in the Tysons Corner area will be facing some changes in their daily drive starting next week.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is warning motorists to prepare for traffic shifts and ramp closures that could last as long as two years and cause delays. The reason? VDOT says the changes are necessary to facilitate the Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll Lanes Project.
Starting around October 12, VDOT says all four lanes of I-495 North will be shifted left over Route 123 (Exit 46). After drivers finish crossing over Route 123, all four lanes will shift back to the right and connect with the existing Beltway. VDOT says drivers looking to exit off of I-495 to Tysons/Vienna (Exit 46A) should be aware of a two-lane ramp that will lead to a new traffic light.
VDOT is also warning drivers that the ramp leading from Route 123 North to I-495 North will be closed. Drivers will now need to turn left at a new traffic light located just before Capital One.
Additionally VDOT wants drivers to be aware that from 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 18, all four lanes of Route 123 under the Beltway will be closed, as well as the following ramps: I-495 N to Route 123 S, I-495 S to Route 123 N, Route 123 S to I-495 S, Route 123 N to I-495 N.
VDOT is encouraging weekend shoppers to use alternate routes. We suggest checking our Around Town section for shopping and entertainment alternatives.