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
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
“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.”