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Outer loop back to four lanes at Forestville Rd.

The Maryland State Highway Administration has reopened the two lanes of the Capital Beltway’s outer loop at the Forestville Road bridge that had been blocked since this morning when a truck struck the bridge.

Forestville Road over the Beltway also has reopened following an inspection. But the highway administration has placed a weight restriction on the bridge, limiting the Forestville Road traffic to cars only until the repair can be completed.

The bridge already was undergoing a reconstruction project involving replacement of the deck. The dump truck hit the bridge on the side that had just been completed.

Charles Gischlar, a highway administration spokesman, said the plan is to finish the other side of the deck, the north side, then shift traffic over to that side and repair the beam on the south side that was damaged in the crash.

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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