On Saturday, drivers in Virginia were hard-pressed to find a good way to get into downtown Washington.
The coup de gras was a work zone on the inbound Roosevelt Bridge, through which only one left lane was open into late Saturday afternoon. The work zone was related to District Department of Transportation bridge preservation efforts.
Patrick from Alexandria writes:
"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?"
The lane shift on Interstate 66 went into effect in mid-April but it is not related to DDOT's recurring work zones on the Roosevelt Bridge.
Instead, the lane shifts near this exit are to allow contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation to work on the bridges that carry I-66 above a collection of ramps that service the George Washington Parkway and Route 110.
The new traffic pattern eliminates the right-most merge lane that drops down from Rosslyn and continues on I-66 toward Route 110. Only two total lanes are available to eastbound drivers, which has led to a tricky weave as drivers headed for Washington and Route 110 mix.
A crash occurred late Monday evening near the merge. The cause of the crash is not clear but it occurred near the lane drop.
The rehabilitation of the bridges is now focused on the median side of I-66. The project is scheduled for completion this summer and VDOT said the temporary striping is likely to remain in place until then.