Jones Branch Connector over the Beltway
The newest bridge over the Beltway spans Interstate 495 in Tysons. It's the Jones Branch Connector and although it's partially open to traffic, there's still plenty of work left to do. The connector connects Route 123 and Jones Branch Road. Only one lane is open in both directions for now.
Over the past several weekends, the connector and the 495 Express Lanes have been closed. A portion of the bridge originally built during the express lanes construction is being demolished to make space for new beams that will accommodate the wider bridge deck over the Outer Loop.
The impact of the closures on weekend traffic has been minimal.
The wider overpass was designed with the rapidly growing suburb in mind.
"It will end up being two lanes in each direction with on-street bike lanes, multi-use paths on ether side and a very wide median for future transit within Tysons," said Ellen Kamilakis, spokesperson for VDOT.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed later this year.