Weekend Road and Rail: Bridge demolition and stops on I-66, Va. Beltway lanes reduced overnight

Despite a chilly weekend ahead, roadwork is still expected with I-66 lane closures and stops, overnight Beltway lane reductions and Metro maintenance work amid an ongoing derailment investigation.

As always, stay tuned to WTOP News and traffic on the 8s for any up to the minute additions on changes to roadwork. And please, take time to be part of the process by calling our 24/7 manned Traffic Center with and updates at 866-304-WTOP.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re traveling in the D.C. region this weekend.

Roadwork

Maryland

There are a few continuing off-peak construction zones in our immediate listening area that will appear to be regular features to motorists through the fall.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is sending its reminder of ongoing sights to be aware of.

On MD 190/River Road between MD 188/Wilson Lane to MD 614/Goldsboro Road there will be continual single lane closures, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and multiple lane closures overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for roadway rehabilitations

On Interstate 270/Eisenhower Highway between Interstate 70 to the Interstate 495/Capital Beltway there is an ongoing traffic congestion relief construction project, which has intermittent single-lane closures daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with single, double and triple overnight lane closures which can be expected Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This work includes temporary ramp closures with detours up to 24 hours a day through the year-end of 2022.

On I-270/Eisenhower Highway southbound, between MD 121/Clarksburg Road and MD 109/Old Hundred Road, there is an acceleration lane expansion project as well.

This work includes daily single to multiple off-peak lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.

On the Capital Beltway both loops of I-495 between MD 97/Georgia Avenue and MD 185/Connecticut Avenue, motorists are reminded of a bridge rehabilitation project with weekday single-lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and intermittent off-peak single and multiple lane closures with full traffic stops, Sunday through Thursday, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In Prince George’s County the US 1 Reconstruction Project will have various lanes closed Saturday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. between University Boulevard and College Avenue.

The paving continues MD 5/Branch Avenue between the D.C. line and Curtis Drive with single and multiple off-peak lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and weekends, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the spring of 2022.

On MD 210/Indian Head Highway at Kerby Hill Road/Livingston Road there is a continual interchange construction project with single to multiple-off peak lane closures daily and overnight, Sunday through Thursday through the end of the year.

And on the Interstate 95/I-495 Capital Beltway between Suitland Road to MD 4/Pennsylvania Avenue, the bridge replacement project will have single and multiple lane closures on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the end of the year.

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: A future look of the Purple Line route. (Courtesy MDOT SHA)

The Purple Line work is ongoing from New Carrollton to Bethesda. This weekend sees a new utility relocation project going into place along MD 193/University Boulevard between Bayfield Street and Forston Street, which will continue during the overnights for the next week.

Work may take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, weather permitting.

For the ever-changing landscape and plans, be sure to visit the Purple Line construction website.

Virginia

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project is slated to continue.

Demolition of the old Interstate 66 bridges over Stringfellow Road begins Saturday morning, with work planned during daytime and early evening hours for the next two weekends. Find out more here.

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Rendering of what the Stringfellow Road and I-66 Interchange will look like. (Courtesy VDOT)
  • I-66 East and West from Route 29 Gainesville to Cub Run
    • Friday: Eastbound 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m./Westbound 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • One lane will be closed for lighting and utility work.
  • I-66 East near Route 28
    • Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Three lanes will be closed for a traffic shift.
  • I-66 West from Route 28 to Route 29 Centreville
    • Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Three lanes will be closed for a traffic shift and overhead bridge work.
  • Ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 North
    • Friday, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
    • Saturday night, Midnight to 5 a.m.
    • The ramp will be closed and detoured.
  • Ramps from Route 28 to I-66
    • Friday, 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
    • The ramps will be and detoured.
  • Ramp to and from I-66 West to Route 28 South
    • Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • The ramp will be closed and detoured.
  • Ramp from Braddock Road East and West to I-66 West
    • Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • The ramp will be closed and detoured.
  • I-66 West from west of Jermantown Road to Route 50
    • Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Two lanes will be closed for wall and bridge work.
  • I-66 West from Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) to Jermantown Road
    • Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Three lanes will be closed for overhead bridge work and periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes during the overnight hours.
  • Ramp from Route 50 West to I-66 East
    • Friday night, Midnight to 4 a.m.
    • The ramp will be closed and detoured.
  • Ramp from Route 50 East to I-66 East
    • Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • The ramp will be closed and detoured.
  • I-66 East from Cedar Lane to east of Gallows Road
    • Friday, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Three lanes will be closed for bridge demolition preparation work at Gallows Road. Drivers should expect periodic stoppages during the overnight hours.
  • I-66 East from Gallows Road to I-495
    • Saturday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Two lanes will be closed for overhead bridge work and gantry removal.
  • I-66 West at I-495
    • Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Saturday, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Two lanes will be closed for concrete deck pour and bridge beam installation with periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes during the overnight hours.
  • Ramp from I-66 East to I-495 North
    • Friday, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Saturday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • (Sunday, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be used as a backup night.)
    • The ramp will be closed. Traffic will be directed to the 495 Express Lanes North at no charge.
  • I-495 North from Route 29 to I-66
    • Friday, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Saturday, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • (Sunday, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be used as a backup night.)
    • Three lanes will be closed for bridge beam installation at the I-66/I-495 Interchange. Around 10 p.m., all northbound I-495 traffic will be diverted into the 495 Express Lanes North at Route 29 at no charge.
  • I-495 Express Lanes North from Robinson Terminal (the beginning of the Express Lanes) to I-66
    • Friday, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Saturday, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • (Sunday, Nov. 7, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be used as a backup night.)
    • The northbound Express Lanes will be reduced to a single travel lane. Drivers will not be charged for using the Express Lanes north of Route 29.
  • Ramp from I-495 North to I-66 West
    • Friday, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Saturday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • (Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be used as a backup night.)
    • The ramp will be closed. All northbound I-495 traffic will be diverted into the 495 Express Lanes North at Route 29 at no charge. Drivers heading to I-66 West will be detoured north to Route 7 Leesburg Pike.
  • Ramp from I-495 North to I-66 East
    • Friday, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Saturday, p.m. to 8 a.m.
      (Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be used as a backup night.)
    • The ramp will be closed. All northbound I-495 traffic will be diverted into the 495 Express Lanes North at Route 29 at no charge. Drivers heading to I-66 East will be directed to continue north to Route 7.

In Woodbridge, two lanes of southbound I-95 between Route 123 Gordon Boulevard and the Prince William Parkway Route 294 will be closed Saturday and Sunday night to implement a traffic shift, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The nightly lane closures will occur according to the following schedule:

  • 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday: Two left lanes closed
  • 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday: Two right lanes closed
  • 9:30 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday: Right lane closed

Once the traffic shift is in place, southbound I-95 traffic between Route 123 and the Prince William Parkway will be shifted slightly to the left until summer 2022.

In Alexandria, three lanes of the northbound I-395 lanes at Duke Street Route 236 will be closed between 11 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday to implement a traffic shift.

There will also be intermittent traffic stoppages lasting up to 20 minutes each will occur between midnight and 5 a.m.

Beginning Sunday morning, northbound I-395 general purpose lanes traffic at Duke Street will be shifted to the right until summer 2022.

DC

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been working on the Interstate 295/DC-295 Corridor Project at various locations all week. And unless there is soccer at Audi Field — like on Friday night — or inclement weather, this work will continue into the weekend.

There continues to be off-peak single to double lane closures on I-295 between Laboratory Road (exit 1) and Interstate 695 in both directions. The daily work is between 9:30 and 3:30 p.m., with nightly closures beginning around 9 p.m.

This work will also include lane closures along South Capitol Street between Firth Sterling Avenue and N Street, SE, which will include this weekend between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There will be single to double lane closures both daily and during the overnight hours. There will be a continuing full closure and detour of Firth Sterling Avenue between South Capitol Street and St. Elizabeth Street, SE as well, which continues nightly into Saturday morning with detours posted.

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Detour for the closure of Firth Sterling Avenue. (Courtesy DDOT)

This project will also stretch onto the Suitland Parkway, with various lanes closed in both directions between South Capitol Street and the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue overpass each night beginning at 9 p.m.

Motorists traveling during these times can expect full ramp closures to and from I-295, South Capitol Street and the Suitland Parkway.

For more information about efforts to improve the I-295 corridors and to stay up-to-date on traffic related impacts and construction progress, you can visit the project website.

Metro

Metrorail continues to operate at reduced frequencies through at least Nov. 15 due to the removal of all 7000-series railcars from service due to the ongoing Blue Line derailment investigation.

All trains will operate as 6-car trains and riders are encouraged, when possible, to use Metrobus service as an alternative.

On the Red Line, the planned shutdown continues between Twinbrook and Shady Grove for the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project, where the closures of the Rockville and Shady Grove stations has now been extended through mid-January.

Alternate modes of transportation due to these closures can be found on the WMATA website.



This weekend will see maintenance on the Blue Line, which will be single-tracking during the day and late night along with the Silver Line, with separate late night single-tracking on the Green and Yellow Lines.

There is a late-night Orange Line shutdown planned too, which will close the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations after 10 p.m.

Metro will operate with normal weekend hours, between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. and midnight on Sunday, serving 89 of 91 stations.

Weekend service summary:

  • Red Line: Shady Grove and Rockville stations closed.
    • Buses replace trains with free shuttle service between Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook.
    • Trains operate between Twinbrook and Glenmont only.
  • Blue Line: From opening until 4 p.m. single tracking between Van Dorn St and Franconia- Springfield.
    • After 10 p.m., single tracking between Morgan Blvd and Addison Rd.
  • Orange Line: After 10 p.m., no train service between West Falls Church and Vienna.
    • Free shuttle buses provided
    • Vienna and Dunn Loring Stations closed after 10 p.m. due to I-66 construction.
  • Silver Line: After 10 p.m. single tracking between Morgan Blvd and Addison Rd.
  • Yellow and Green Lines: After 10 p.m., single tracking between Georgia Ave and Fort Totten.

Mary DePompa

WTOP Traffic Reporter, Mary de Pompa has a great understanding of the D.C.-area gridlock, being a third-generation Washingtonian. If you see more than she says, call Mary on the WTOP Traffic Hotline at 202-895-5048 or email her at mdepompa@wtop.com.

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