Road and Rail Weekend: Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Lane Closures

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The eventual snow could complicate planned construction and maintenance work on the Beltway, Interstate 66 and the subway system. Here’s what you need to know.

Snow in the forecast means working hours could change like the weather, stay tuned!

The middle lanes along the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge are closed for emergency repairs for the next four months, and drivers can expect heavy traffic along the bridge and other alternate routes.

A bridge demolition is also planned as part of the Interstate 66 transformation work, along with lane reductions in various locations. This includes the Capital Beltway with scheduled overnight stops. A few emergency projects will stretch into the weekend in Maryland and the Red Line subway has scheduled closures.

Here’s what’s currently planned for this weekend.

Road works

Virginia

This weekend, Friday through Monday, scheduled demolition will continue on the old I-66 ramp and Stringfellow Road retaining walls, weather permitting, as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project. Snow is in the forecast, so be sure to stay tuned to WTOP traffic on the 8s for any up-to-the-minute changes.

During this planned project, Stringfellow Road is reduced to a single lane, ramps to and from I-66 at Stringfellow Road will be closed. It all started Wednesday evening for the demolition of the old barrier and retaining walls along the I-66 ramps at Stringfellow Road and will continue through the day and night this weekend.

To ensure crews can perform this work safely, the I-66 ramps to and from Stringfellow Road will be closed beginning at 10:30 p.m. Friday, continuing until 5 a.m. Monday.

Demolition continues along Stringfellow Road. (Courtesy of VDOT)
A retaining wall being demolished along the I-66 ramps at Stringfellow Road. (Courtesy of VDOT)

As a reminder, all jobs are weather dependent and subject to change, stay tuned for the latest news and be sure to call the 24/7 Traffic Center at 866-304-WTOP for any update.

There are other notable locations for planned work on Transformation Project 66 this weekend, including the following:

I-66 West approaching Manassas Safety Rest Area / east of Route 234 Business (Sudley Road)

Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 from 12:10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • I-66 West will be reduced to one lane of traffic near the Manassas Safety Rest Area (approximately 1.5 miles east of Route 234 Business).
  • On Friday and Saturday nights, drivers should expect periodic stops between midnight and 4 a.m. (5 a.m. weekend mornings).

I-66 East from Cedar Lane to Gallows Road

Friday, February 23 11:10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Three lanes will be closed for flyover work near Prosperity Avenue (about half a mile before Gallows Road) and demolition of bridges at Gallows Road.

I-66 West from Interstate 495 to Gallows Road

Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 from 12:10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Three lanes will be closed for the construction of the bridge piers.

I-495 North to I-66

Friday, February 23 11:10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Three lanes will be closed for airlift work. Drivers should expect periodic stops of up to 20 minutes overnight.

Ramp from I-495 Express Lanes North to I-66 West

Friday, February 11 to Saturday, February 12 from 12:10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • The ramp will be closed. Overhead variable message signs will direct traffic to an alternate route.

Ramp from I-66 East to I-495 Express Lanes North and South

Friday, February 23 11:10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • The ramp will be closed. Overhead variable message signs will direct traffic to an alternate route.

Ramp from I-66 West to I-495 Express Lanes South

Friday, February 23 11:10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • The ramp will be closed. Overhead variable message signs will direct traffic to an alternate route.


Maryland

A few emergency work zones have been set up this week, which are expected to continue through the weekend.

A water main break on US 1/Baltimore Avenue in College Park requires traffic control and northbound lane closures between Pontiac Street and Quebec Street.

And on MD 4 in Prince George’s County, the northbound ramp to Ritchie Marlboro Road was closed due to a grade failure with posted detours during reconstruction.

There are always projects going on on Maryland’s roads, most of which can be found on the state’s Department of Transportation website. There is a risk of bad weather this weekend, which could hamper work area plans.

Here is a reminder of some impactful ongoing projects:

In Montgomery County, the intersection improvement project at MD 185/Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road/Kensington Parkway is a feature with one-lane off-peak closures to include noon and nighttime daily , Sunday to Thursday. This is planned until the summer of 2023.

There is also resurfacing on US 29/Colesville Road between Stewart Lane and St. Andrews Way, which will take place during off-peak spring hours, weather permitting.

On MD 190/River Road between Wilson Lane and Goldsboro Road, motorists will continue to see off-peak lane closures for improvements through the end of the year. And on Georgia Avenue, between Gold Mine Road and Holiday Drive, a roadway relocation project is causing intermittent off-peak closures through the end of the year.

On Interstate 270, a traffic relief project and lane expansion work continue concurrently through the end of the year, during off-peak hours, weather permitting. For decongestion work, lane closures are planned between Interstate 70 and the Capital Beltway, with lane expansion work being relegated south from MD 121 and MD 109.

Map of the future purple line and workplaces
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Plan of the future purple line and workplaces. (Courtesy of MDOT MTA)

There is ongoing work on the Metro Purple Line, which connects Prince George and Montgomery counties. This work has constant changes and updates, with new closures and completions occurring daily. Be sure to check the Purple Line project page for updates.

Crews have begun a relocation of underground utilities at the intersection of Edwards Place and MD 193/University Boulevard, which is expected to continue for the next three weeks, weather permitting. This work is scheduled between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, as required.

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Effective immediately, closures are taking place on Theodore Roosevelt Bridge for emergency repair work.

It started on Friday, February 11 at 10 p.m. Three middle lanes are closed for emergency repair work for the next four months (weather permitting). The bridge — located between DC and Arlington, Va. — will continue to be accessible to vehicular traffic with two exterior outbound lanes and two exterior inbound lanes. It will be subject to a load restriction of 10 tonnes.

The district transportation department is advising commuters to use alternate routes during repairs. Motorists using the bridge should plan additional travel times in advance, as heavy traffic is expected along the bridge and alternate routes.

The DDOT has an ongoing Florida Avenue and 9th Street NW reconstruction project, which temporarily closes lanes from Vermont Avenue to W Street. These lane closures are expected to continue through Tuesday, weather permitting.

Northbound construction will take place behind a temporary concrete barrier wall, between 9th and W streets, which will continue until February 28.

Road works
New traffic pattern as part of the Florida Avenue reconstruction project. (Courtesy of DDOT)
Suitland Parkway Roadworks Map
CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Suitland Parkway closure and detour plan. (Courtesy of DDOT)

As part of the ongoing Interstate 295/DC-295 Corridor Project, the eastbound Suitland Parkway will be closed from South Capitol Street SE to MLK Jr. Avenue SE beginning Friday evening from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday for construction of the bridge, as shown in the graphic.

This will include closing I-295 Exit 4A southbound to the Suitland Parkway SE exit. When Eastbound Suitland Parkway SE is closed, Firth Sterling Avenue SE and South Capitol Street SE will remain open to all traffic. A marked diversion will be in place during these closures.

Additionally, Potomac Avenue SE will be closed at the intersection with South Capitol Street SE from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday morning for roadway and utility work.

P Street SW between South Capitol St SW and Half Street SW will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Metro

This weekend there is scheduled maintenance on Metrorail lines with one-time tracking and a Red Line stop.

Service levels continue to be reduced due to the ongoing 7000 series car investigation. For the latest information, see the Metrorail 7000 series return to service update.

Metro will operate during regular weekend hours, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday, serving all 91 stations.

Weekend Service Summary:

Red line: Stop between Grosvenor and Medical Center for aerial structure repair.

  • Free shuttles are provided.

Blue, orange lines: Single track trains between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW for cable installation.

Silver Line: Trains running between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only due to cable installation.

  • Transfer to/from the Orange Line to continue the journey.

Yellow, green lines: Trains will be single track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza due to rail work.

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