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Beltway repair project starting in Maryland

Starting next week, drivers on the Maryland side of the Beltway will have another project to contend with: The State Highway Administration plans to begin resurfacing more than four miles on both the inner and outer loops between Colesville and Seminary roads. The work should be done before Thanksgiving.

Just east of the new project, workers are rehabilitating the Beltway bridge over the Northwest Branch in Silver Spring, and motorists also are experiencing congestion because of lane shifts in that area.

The new resurfacing project will include the ramps at the Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road interchanges. This northern arc of the Beltway is used by more than 233,000 drivers a day, the highway administration notes. It doesn’t need any help to get congested, and drivers should now expect extra delays through the work zone.

Because of the heavy traffic, the pavement in this area suffers a lot of rutting and cracking. It was last resurfaced in 2004.

Here are some details about the lane closings that will occur during the project:

On both loops, single lane closings will occur Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Double lane closings can occur overnight Monday through Friday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

This fall, the ramps at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road will be closed one at a time overnight Sunday through Thursday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Detours will be posted.

On Tuesday, the highway administration announced that it also is launching a reconstruction project on New Hampshire Avenue at Adelphi Road, just south of the Beltway in Silver Spring.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.


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