ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Friday night, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close all regular lanes on I-395 north and shift traffic into the HOV lanes from Exit 2, Edsall Road (Route 648) to just before Duke Street (Route 236), say officials.
Officials say the closure will allow crews to place steel girders over I-395 north for a new Express Lanes flyover ramp near Edsall Road.
During this time, all I-395 north traffic will be shifted to the left and reduced to one lane just after I-495, and diverted into the median HOV lanes via a temporary slip ramp. Then, traffic will exit from the HOV lanes to the right onto the general purpose lanes just before Duke Street (Route 236) via another temporary slip ramp, say officials.
The closures begin at 9:30 p.m. Friday and end 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.
We're told Saturday will be reserved as a backup day, with closures beginning at 9:30 p.m., and traffic detoured to the HOV lanes between midnight and 6:00 a.m., Sunday.
Additionally, if initial steel lift is completed on Friday, crews will do additional steel work Saturday night, and close two of three lanes on I-395 north near Edsall Road, say officials.
Officials say drivers should expect similar closures the weekend of Jan. 17 for the new flyover bridge.