HOT Lanes Construction Progress in the Braddock District
Construction on the HOT Lanes project continued to disrupt travel for many Braddock residents in 2010, but significant progress has been made. At a recent briefing for Braddock District, Fluor Lane highlighted major activities from 2010 and emphasized that it remains on schedule to complete the project by late 2012.
Interchange Bridge Construction Advances
As part of this project, every interchange or overpass bridge crossing the Beltway had to be rebuilt. This included demolition of the old bridges, constructing substructure, and erecting steel. One new bridge span was completed at every major Beltway interchange during 2010, and construction on the second spans began immediately thereafter.
By late 2011, all major interchanges will see the completion of a second span. An accelerated bridge construction schedule for Little River Turnpike and Gallows Road is definitely impacting traffic. However, this will allow crews to complete bridge work between six months and a year ahead of the original schedule. It will also significantly reduce the “construction zone” atmosphere on this section of the Beltway.
Both the Braddock and Little River Turnpike bridges will be open by Fall, 2011. The second (eastbound) span on Braddock Road will see a new concrete deck placed this month. A new traffic signal will be installed for westbound Braddock Road motorists heading onto I-495 southbound in early 2011. The existing exit ramp will be permanently closed to make way for the new HOT Lanes connection. Once the new traffic signal is installed westbound Braddock Road motorists heading to I-495 south will need to make a left hand turn to access I-495 south.
Beltway Widening and New Sound Walls
Significant progress was made in 2010 on the mainline Beltway as crews began building the new outer lanes. These lanes could not be constructed until the old bridge piers were removed.
A widened Beltway mainline between Braddock Road and Gallows Road is expected to be open in late spring of 2011 – over a year ahead of schedule. At that point, crews will begin work on the actual HOT Lanes.
Crews have also now completed 75 percent of the sound wall installation.
Work this year included construction of a new sound wall at North
Springfield Elementary School. Large portions of the wall along Americana
Drive are completed and work will continue into early 2011. The retaining
wall that will support the future sound wall at Wakefield Park is
currently under construction and sound panels will be installed late
Finally, relocation of the current sound wall along Leesville Boulevard is underway and the work will occur early in 2011. Please contact the office with any ongoing questions or concerns that you may have about the HOT Lanes Project.