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Outer loop lanes to close as part of Wilson Bridge project

Two lanes of the outer loop in Virginia will be closed overnight Tuesday as part of the work on the Wilson Bridge project.

Officials said crews plans to close the two left lanes between Van Dorn Street and the Eisenhower Connector beginning at 11 p.m. Tuesday so they can install an overhead sign. The lanes should reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday, they said.

There will be no detours in place during the closure, so travelers should use alternate routes or add extra time to their plans to advoid delays, officials said.

Most of the remaining work on the Wilson Bridge is scheduled to be completed by fall 2012. However, the official completion goal is June 2013.

According to a recent report by the Post’s Dr. Gridlock, the work has three key elements:

• Constructing new interchange ramps for the Beltway’s outer loop, Telegraph Road, Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway.

• Widening Telegraph Road from East Drive to the Duke Street ramps.

•  Rebuilding and widening the Beltway from the Eisenhower Connector exit east to the Route 1 interchange, and continuing the new THRU and LOCAL lanes west from Route 1.



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