This weekend, traffic on Interstate 95/Interstate 495 North – the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway near Washington, DC – is scheduled to
be transferred onto the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge, completing the first of two traffic
switches onto the new bridge.
According to a press release, Interstate 95 North/Outer Loop
travelers should plan for major delays over the weekend, as very significant
traffic impacts will occur.
Specifically, from Friday, June 9, at 8 p.m., until as late
as Monday, June 12, at 5 a.m., I-95 North/Outer Loop will be reduced to a
single lane for up to four miles and several surrounding ramps will be closed
Motorists and truckers are cautioned to steer clear of the
Wilson Bridge Project area, which extends 7.5 miles from Telegraph Road in Virginia to Maryland Route 210.
Traffic analyses indicate that if 60 percent of travelers
stay away, delays will peak at about one hour, with backups extending as far as
four miles. However, delays and backups grow exponentially if diversion falls
short: If 50 percent of travelers divert, projected delays grow to as long as
four hours with backups as long as 14 miles.