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Gallows Road Interchange Reconstruction


Gallows Road Traffic Shifted to New Bridge

ALEXANDRIA—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) shifted all Gallows Road (Route 650) traffic to a new bridge over I-495 in May, 2010.

For the next 12 to 18 months, motorists will have one southbound lane on the bridge rather than two lanes. Two lanes northbound toward INOVA Fairfax Hospital will be maintained.  Motorists should expect 10 to 15 minute delays during the afternoon rush. 

The Capital Beltway HOT (High Occupancy Toll) Lanes will bring the most significant improvements to the Beltway since its opening in 1964. Construction of a new Gallows Road (Rt. 650) interchange is necessary to accommodate the four new Beltway lanes and will include bike and pedestrian access with access to the new HOT Lanes.

2nd Phase Work Begins in May 2010

Once traffic is on the new bridge, night work begins to demolish the old bridge. There will be lane closures and detours in this area throughout the spring and summer. Once the demolition is complete, work will begin to rebuild a new northbound bridge. The final phase of bridge construction is scheduled to be completed in September 2011.

Accelerated Construction Schedule: Clearing the Path for Beltway Widening

Construction crews are on an accelerated construction schedule for second phase work by combining the original three phased plan to a two phased approach. This new accelerated schedule will save up to 10 months of bridge construction at Gallows Road and could help finish the Beltway widening at this location up to 20 months ahead of schedule.

Public Meeting


On May 4, project officials presented detailed construction schedules and information in a slide show. Download the presentation here.