Several parts of the Capital Beltway, Interstate 95/495 near Washington, D.C., will be closed temporarily this weekend due to scheduled work, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.
The agency encouraged motorists, including truckers, to use alternate routes to avoid delays, including as using the opposite, western side of the Beltway, for those traveling north or south through the area.
For those coming from Route 50 to the east, the agency suggested traveling to I-295 in Washington, D.C., which connects back with I-95 near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that connects Virginia and Maryland.
Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, a steel placement will require a temporary closure of southbound I-95 for up to 17 hours and a temporary closure of northbound I-95 for about six hours near the Branch Ave. exit in Maryland, near the Wilson Bridge.
Two lanes along southbound I-95 should re-open by 10 a.m. Saturday morning, though they could remain closed until as late as 1 p.m., the agency said.
Officials will close two northbound lanes, Beltway’s outer loop, also beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. Two right lanes will remain open and three left lanes will close beginning at 10 p.m., while the right lane will then be open to motorists.