By David Schultz
This could be a difficult weekend for drivers trying to go east in the D.C. region.
Construction projects are shutting down lanes on I-66 eastbound in Northern Virginia, from Nutley Street to the Beltway, and on Route 50 eastbound in Maryland, from the Beltway to the Anne Arundel County line. Both projects begin tonight and go until early Monday morning.
Delays on I-66 could be especially bad. The Virginia Department of Transportation says there may be periods when all eastbound lanes will be closed, as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges.
VDOT says those periods should last for 30 minutes at a time and it's recommending drivers avoid I-66 this weekend if they can. Maryland's State Highway Administration is advising the same for Route 50.