Weekend delays expected on Capital Beltway in Virginia

| 6/6/2006

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 and detoured.

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.