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Telegraph Road Interchange on Schedule for Late 2012

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project is projected to be complete by June 2013.

The Telegraph Road Interchange reconstruction phase of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project is currently on schedule to be complete by late 2012.

Construction is both on schedule and on budget, said Jenny Rios, a spokesperson for the project.

“That’s one of the things we like to promote about the bridge project in general," Rios said. "Since its inception, we’ve been on budget.”

According to a winter 2012 construction update, there are three major project stages left to complete on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project: reconstructing 2.5 miles of I-95/I-495 from the Eisenhower Connector to the Route 1 interchange, including THRU and LOCAL lanes; building ramps for an interchange at the Beltway Outer Loop, Telegraph Road, Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway; and improving Telegraph Road from East Drive to Duke Street. 

All of this work is expected to be complete by June 2013. Rios said residents and commuters can expect to see ongoing construction on the Telegraph Road interchange throughout the rest of 2012. She said the Telegraph Road section of the project was “a little more complicated because we’ve got a lot of bridges that we’re dealing with,” including the bridges over Cameron Run and the railroad tracks.

Project officials are aiming to have the Telegraph interchange work complete by the end of 2012, according to the winter 2012 construction update. 

The $236.8 million budget for the construction, which has been underway since 2008, is the largest single contract that the Virginia Department of Transportation has ever awarded.

The THRU lane work is projected to be complete in summer 2012, Rios said. The original goal was to open the lanes in winter 2011, but heavy rain delayed construction.

This winter’s unseasonably mild temperatures have allowed construction to make up lost ground, she said.

“We’ll meet our contractual deadline for opening [THRU lanes] on time and that’s thanks in part to the milder weather we’ve had over these last several weeks,” she said.

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