Major delays likely this weekend on Woodrow Wilson Bridge near DC

| Thursday, July 13, 2006

Motorists traveling on the Interstate 95 South/Capital Beltway Inner Loop should make preparations for major delays this weekend, July 14 through 17.

During the weekend, the second half of the traffic switch to the new bridge is scheduled. It will complete the transfer of all six lanes to the new bridge under the Wilson Bridge Project.

Specifically, from 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, until as late as 5 a.m. Monday, July 17, the I-95 South/Inner Loop will be reduced to a single lane for approximately four miles. Ramps on both sides of the Potomac River will be closed and detoured.

According to a press release from project coordinators, delays and backups are expected to be far more severe this weekend compared to what occurred in June, when I-95 North/Outer Loop traffic was switched to the new bridge. Traffic impacts are expected to be worse due to the following factors:

  • No major I-95-diverting detour in effect, as there was in June at the I-95 North/Springfield interchange; and
  • Typical Saturday Inner Loop traffic is 13 percent heavier than typical Saturday Outer Loop traffic, which will create a cumulatively greater effect as the day and weekend progress.

During a nearly identical operation last summer, backups stretched as far as seven miles with delays of up to three hours. Motorists and truckers are cautioned to steer clear of the area and choose an alternate route.

For more information on the project, or to find alternate routes, visit wilsonbridge.com, or call 1-877-463-6992. Motorists in the area can also tune their radios to 1620-AM for information.

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