Steer clear of DC's Outer Loop 'no-go zone' this weekend

| Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The most intense traffic jams of the 11-year construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project on Interstate 95 in Virginia are anticipated this weekend.

From 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18, the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway/I-95 North will be reduced from three lanes to only one lane between the Route 1 interchange and the Wilson Bridge. In addition, ramps from north and southbound Route 1 to the Outer Loop and from the Outer Loop to northbound Route 1 will be closed, with detours to the Telegraph Road Interchange.

To help divert northbound I-95 traffic that is passing through the Washington, DC, area, the Springfield Interchange ramp from northbound I-95 toward the Wilson Bridge will be closed. Local traffic will be directed to I-395 and the 14th Street Bridge, while long-distance travelers will be routed around the Beltway across the American Legion Bridge.

Even if more than half of the Outer Loop’s traffic is diverted project traffic engineers anticipate traffic to peak on Saturday afternoon, with 10 to 15-mile backups and delays of 60 to 90 minutes.

“Motorists will do themselves a big favor by regarding the Wilson Bridge Project area and northbound I-95 approaching the Beltway as a ‘no-go’ zone this weekend,” Ronaldo Nicholson, VDOT project manager, said in a press release. “Extremely long backups and delays are expected.”

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