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Old 02-15-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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I work in Mclean and live in Falls Church. In the past, the peak rush hour Southbound was between 4pm-6pm. When you drove before or after that time frame, traffic wasn't too bad. The further you got from it, the better traffic got. However, I'm now finding that the time frame has widened from 3:30 (possibly earlier since I can't get out before then) to 7.

Traffic typically dies down after 66. Is that what's causing these back ups? Why did traffic get dramatically worse in the last month or so???
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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I don't live out that way, but I remember someone saying something on the radio that there used to be two lanes merging on to 66 and it's temporarily (until the summer) only going to be one lane and it's causing backups. I commute between Springfield and Alexandria, so I only half paid attention to it and that's all I know. If you are driving past that area, that might be what's slowing things down.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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DMV traffic. Its always bad. I hit traffic at 11pm on 66 all the time due to construction
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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It's definitely the approach to 66 that's the problem. I go from Tysons (get onto 495 at Rt 7) to Springfield and drive home between 4:30 and 5:30 and typically once I get past 66 it's smooth sailing.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Birds falling from the sky.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Jillabean is correct. Due to construction they removed a merge lane from 495 onto 66 and it's been causing major traffic problems on the outer loop. It was supposed to remain that way until summer but they are re-evaluating due to the problems. It's anyone's guess what they'll do about it though.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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66 is the bottleneck. I go from McLean to Woodbridge, getting on to 495 at Tysons. I sit in traffic from the lane going to the 495 ramp from 123 all the way to 66. Once I pass 66, it's gravy in the pot the whole way home. This is around 530-6pm.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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same reason traffic is bad everywhere these days, just a lot more people nowadays. People moving in from other places, kids growing up and joining the work force, etc.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Yeah, I been following this closely since I work in Rockville and live near Vienna metro. Sometime around Feb. 4th, VDOT closed one of the 2 lanes that goes from the outer loop of the beltway to 66W. As someone else said, this was supposed to go until the summer. However, traffic has been HORRENDOUS since this lane closure. It seriously affects traffic all the way back to the MD side where 495 and 270 merge. It has really screwed up my commute home (which was already bad enough).

There have been complaints by people about this in WaPo and I sent an email to VDOT the other day complaining as well. I received an email reply saying that they are evaluating the traffic patterns right now. While this is supposed to go to summer, it's possible they could make a change before that.

An interesting note: I took the day off yesterday, but my wife (who works near me in Rockville) said that it looked like the second lane opened back up yesterday as there were some VDOT trucks in the area. However, traffic was still terrible b/c there was some sort of broken down vehicle (a bus I think she said) which caused a huge backup. I'm curious to see how my commmute home will be this evening.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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same reason traffic is bad everywhere these days, just a lot more people nowadays. People moving in from other places, kids growing up and joining the work force, etc.
It's not just bad for that reason. It's construction related. Traffic flow in that direction during rush hour was actually very good for the past few months until they made the change last week.
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