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.