Ongoing Woodrow Wilson Bridge project shifts traffic in Maryland

| Tuesday, February 07, 2006

All lanes of traffic on Oxon Hill Road will be shifted approximately 400 feet to the south at the Maryland 210 Intersection in Maryland starting as early as Friday, Feb. 10.

According to a press release, the traffic shift will remain in place for about two years, as workers build an improved “grade-separated” interchange at Oxon Hill Road and Maryland 210 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project.

The temporarily “shifted” Oxon Hill Road and Maryland 210 Intersection will operate just like the current intersection, with a traffic signal and complete access to and from Oxon Hill Road and Maryland 210. No lanes will be taken out of service on Oxon Hill Road.

However, the shift will include somewhat sharp turns and drivers are advised to use caution. Slower speeds of 20 and 25 miles per hour will be posted throughout the affected area. 

The traffic shift is scheduled to be made on or about Friday, Feb. 10, after morning rush hour, and will be in effect until approximately mid-2008, when overall improvements to the Maryland 210 Interchange are complete.

Aside from requiring drivers to reduce speed, capacity analyses indicate the shift will not substantially worsen the already-congested conditions at the intersection. Initially, however, drivers may experience additional delays as they become acclimated to the change.

Some drivers will experience an immediate benefit.

Motorists traveling from westbound Oxon Hill Road to northbound Maryland 210 will benefit once the traffic shift is in place, as they will merge directly from Oxon Hill Road onto Maryland 210 – without having to stop at the traffic signal – and will remain in their own auxiliary lane until reaching the ramp leading to the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop. Analyses indicate that during morning peak travel times, drivers traveling in this direction may see delays decrease by up to 15 percent.

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