Cone Zone: Stoppages for steel work to impact overnight Beltway drivers
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
July 18, 2019
Stoppages for steel work will bring overnight traffic on the Capital Beltway to a stop through mid-August.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said lane closures and 15-minute traffic stoppages are on tap between Georgia and Connecticut avenues beginning July 21.
The lane closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. weeknights. By 11 p.m. up to three lanes could be closed. Temporary stoppages are possible anytime between midnight and 4 a.m. as beams are raised above the Beltway at the Seminary Road overpass.
The rehabilitation of the bridge above the Beltway hit a snag last year when crews found that the pier caps, or "headstock," needed to be adjusted for safety reasons. The unexpected but necessary demolition of the caps resulted in a lull in active construction last winter.
WTOP reported on the steel work and potential impact last April
MDOT SHA said the beams should be secured by mid-August. The estimated project completion date has been pushed into this coming winter.
(Courtesy MDOT SHA)