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Resurfacing I-66

In April, the Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin a repair project long awaited by many commuters who use Interstate 66 just outside the Capital Beltway. The department will launch a $48 million effort to repair and resurface 61 / 2 miles of crumbling pavement between the Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax County. The work is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2012.

Through late summer, workers will remove and patch sections of the concrete pavement. Then they will pave the surface with asphalt.

All lane closings will occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. Starting April 4, two of the three lanes on eastbound I-66 between the Beltway and Route 50 will be closed during those hours. Starting April 18, closings will begin on the westbound side. Crews will limit the work zones to about two miles at a time, VDOT says.

Drivers can use two lanes during the work hours, because VDOT plans to keep the shoulder lane open for them.

Beltway at Telegraph Road

The Wilson Bridge project has scheduled some major work for next weekend near the Beltway’s Telegraph Road interchange. The Beltway outer loop will be narrowed to one lane between the Eisenhower Connector and just east of the Telegraph Road interchange from Friday night through mid-morning on Saturday. The closing will create a safety zone so workers can shift and reconfigure the thru/local lane split.

This new traffic pattern will require drivers who use the outer loop’s center lane to take the local lanes. They won’t have the option to choose between local and thru lanes. Project managers say this configuration will allow for smoother and safer navigation of the outer loop’s thru/local lane split. It also will provide easier access for work on the inner loop’s thru lanes, eliminating the need for daytime left-lane closings in the three-lane area of the outer loop.

This thru/local lane split configuration will be in place until the summer. In the next construction phase, the split will be shifted east onto new pavement and the middle lane of the outer loop will again split to both the thru and the local lanes.

D.C. Potholepalooza

The District Department of Transportation is wrapping up the first week of its month-long pothole-filling campaign, Potholepalooza. There are four ways people can report potholes:

l Dial the Mayor’s Call Center at 311.

l Use the online Service Request Center form at

l Tweet to DC.

l E-mail Potholepalooza @ dc.

Be prepared to identify the location of the pothole, including the quadrant (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast) and to give as much detail as possible about the hazard, including the approximate size and depth of the pothole. (You don’t have to measure it.)

The department’s goal is to fill these potholes within 48 hours of when it is notified. Meanwhile, DDOT crews also are out looking for potholes to patch.

meeting on Circulator

The District’s Circulator is now the fourth-largest bus system in the region. DDOT has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday to discuss its next decade. The department has developed recommendations for service changes and is considering 11 corridors for potential expansion.

Thursday’s meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Capital Hilton at 16th and L streets NW.

Tysons lane Shift

The Dulles Metrorail project plans to slightly shift the lanes of westbound Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) in Tysons Corner next weekend. The plan is to move the three through lanes slightly to the right just after the Route 123 overpass. They will revert to the left around Westpark Drive. The rail project is clearing space in the median for the elevated tracks and stations.

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