If you're heading north on Interstate 95 through the Washington, D.C. area this weekend, be prepared for long traffic delays. Crews will be working to shift the Inner Loop lanes of the Capital Beltway onto the new span of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. That means the old 45-year-old decaying bridge structure will carry cars for the last time.
Traffic will be limited to a single lane on the Inner Loop from Maryland for about four miles, and ramps on both sides of the Potomac River will be closed and detoured. Similar weekend work last summer caused backups as long as seven miles and delays as long as three hours for drivers.
Bridge project spokesman John Undeland says they need drivers to find an alternate route to avoid major problems. The work starts around 8 p-m Friday and lasts as late as 5 a-m on Monday.