The southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed Friday at the Prince William Parkway to allow a structural engineer to inspect the iconic 140-foot Potomac Mills sign, which was leaning due to gusts. They will continue to be closed through Sunday, and southbound drivers will again be diverted to the express lanes.
The mall arranged for a crane to remove it but winds have to die down first before removal can begin, Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Jenni McCord said.
Michael McGurk of Transurban, which operates the lanes, said it was the first time the tolls had been suspended for anything other than snow and ice.
Within the D.C. area, Metrorail operated at reduced speeds above ground Friday. Riders on the Blue, Yellow and Red lines will experience delays this weekend due to scheduled repairs and shutdowns. Get Metro updates on train and bus service on Twitter.
Delays are also a possibility for anyone flying out of the D.C. area’s three major airports. At Dulles International Airport, high winds even forced a short-term tower evacuation and temporary ground stop Friday afternoon.
In contrast, conditions were “normal” at BWI Marshall Airport as of Saturday morning, but officials strongly advise you to check with your airline on your flight’s status.
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