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What Lies Ahead in N.Va.
Widening of I-95 in Fairfax and Prince William counties (Exits 160 to 166)
Northbound lane closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Southbound lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Workers will be adding a fourth lane for six miles between the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123. The work should be completed in summer 2011.
Widening of I-66 in Prince William County (Exits 44-43)
Eastbound lane closures from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Westbound lane closures from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Construction involves widening I-66 from two to four lanes in each direction between the Route 234 Bypass and Route 29 at Gainesville and adding ramps at I-66 and Route 29. Completion is expected in summer 2010.
I-495 HOT Lanes in Fairfax County (Exits 44 to 57)
Ground will be broken soon for two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-495 from the Springfield interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road.
Expect lane closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:30 to noon Fridays. There will be weekend closures later this year. Construction is expected to take five years.
I-95/495 Telegraph Road to Wilson Bridge (Exit 176 to 177)
Construction to rebuild the I-95 interchange at Telegraph Road, the final major contract of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, began in the spring and will take five years to complete, according to project officials. The project also entails widening approximately two miles of I-95/Capital Beltway from west of Route 1 to the Eisenhower Connector exit. Reconstruction of the inner lanes, or through lanes, of the Beltway is continuing and will be completed by the end of the year, officials said.
To accommodate construction, the Beltway between the Eisenhower Connector and Telegraph Road exits has been reduced from four lanes to three eastbound through the project corridor. Motorists should expect lane closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:30 to noon Fridays.
Route 29/Gallows Road
Weekday lane closures, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., began June 11 for the utility-relocation phase of an intersection-improvements project in congested Merrifield. Relocating utilities will take 21?2 years. Road construction will begin in 2011 and be completed in 2013. The intersection will be widened to six lanes.
Tysons/Dulles Rail Project
During the summer, drivers in Tysons Corner will face changing traffic patterns, occasional daytime and nighttime lane and service road closures, and frequent changes to business access points along Route 7 in the Tysons Corner area as utility relocations continue in preparation for construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project.
Construction signs will help motorists navigate through the area. The impact area is mainly along Route 7 between the Dulles Toll Road and Route 123, although there may be some minimal impact along Route 123 near Tysons Corner Center.
For the latest information, including traffic advisories and summaries of the status of the utility work, visit www.dullesmetro.com.
-- Compiled by staff writer Mark Berman