"[Five] blocks of horrible road paving straight thru, that has been terrible for years and now is so bad that I add 15 minutes to my commute each way to go another way."
"It's full of holes, patches, and you have to jockey your way from lane to lane to TRY to find a less-horrible place to drive."
"Last week the Exit Only lane on EB I-66 for Exit 75 that goes to Southbound VA-110 was eliminated due to a construction zone lane shift... Do you know how long this lane shift that removed the Exit Only lane to Exit 75 will be in place?"
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
"Work to replace the Seminary Road bridge over the Beltway west of Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County has been going on since late 2017. Beltway lanes remain shifted. The deck of the southbound lanes of Seminary Road over the bridge was removed months ago with all traffic shifted to the northbound lanes. It appears that little or no work has been going on at the bridge for months. The project is obviously less than half done since the southbound deck has to be replaced before work can even start on the northbound lanes of Seminary Road. Why is progress on this project so slow and when will it be completed?"
Posted by WTOP/Mary DePompa
Beginning Monday night, April 22, MDOT SHA will close Exit 31A on Interstate 270 southbound. The exit is a ramp that goes north on Md. 85/Buckeystown Pike in Frederick County.
As part of an ongoing intersection expansion project, the ramp is expected to be closed and detoured for approximately one month, according to a news release from MDOT SHA.
A detour will be available for travelers from eastbound Interstate 70 and U.S. 15 to exit at Md. 85. There will be message signs, barrels and temporary signs to guide motorists through the detour and alert travelers of the ramp closure.
Be sure to allow for the extra time for the detour because more than 115,000 commuters that use this route daily.
The ramp closure will be part of the extended interchange reconstruction project that will eventually shift traffic to a new bridge on I-270 over Md. 85. With a projected cost of $58 million, this project is being implemented to ease congestion and improve safety through the interchange by eliminating the two currently structurally deficient bridges.
Drivers are advised to stay alert through construction zones, look for reduced speed limits, narrowing lanes and of course, highway workers.
"For the past few weeks, there’s been an electronic sign warning of imminent closure of the ramp from NB Kenilworth Ave. to EB 50. Any idea what’s going on?"
"...Snowden River Parkway near Broken Land Parkway. There's been a small sign warning of road work starting about 4/15/19. It doesn't mention for how long. No detour signs have been posted that I've seen."
A depression on U.S. Route 50 near Fair Oaks Mall has been deepening over the last week — and the Virginia Department of Transportation is taking steps to close part of the highway for emergency repairs.
A full closure will likely be in place for day or two- by the end of the month.
A large galvanized pipe is failing under the eastbound lanes between West Ox Road and Interstate 66. The metal pipe sends storm water from a retention pond on Fair Oaks Mall property under Route 50 into another pond along South Penderbrook Drive.
Temporary asphalt was used to level the roadway within the past week, but the right and center lanes continue to sag. An inspection on Monday revealed that the damage was more significant than first thought.
On Tuesday morning, crews are set to begin excavating the corroded pipe and the soil and gravel surrounding it. A couple of right lanes are scheduled to be blocked into the afternoon hours. Steel plates will be used to cover the initial work site until the old pipe can be permanently replaced.
The replacement project will likely require the complete closure of eastbound Route 50 between West Ox Road and I-66 during the last weekend of April, a plan that would be put into motion as early as 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Specialty crews with VDOT, with expertise in large pipe projects and trench operations, have been tasked with fixing the failure that lies more than 10 feet below the driving surface.
Similar pipe replacements have taken place in recent years on Stumptown Road in Lucketts, Virginia, as well as Wolftrap Road in Vienna and Miller Road in Oakton.
The deficiencies of galvanized piping are well-known, and the material is no longer used regularly for large culverts. The new conduit under Route 50 will be made from 48 inch diameter, precast concrete piping.