Those planning to drive on I-95 or Telegraph Road may want to consider alternative routes.
Parts of both roads are remaining closed until crews can remove the 180-foot Potomac Mills sign, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
VDOT announced on Friday that I-95 southbound lanes were closed while a structural engineer inspected the Potomac Mills sign.
The sign, which had begun to lean, was damaged by strong winds.
But before crew members can remove the sign, they must wait until the winds die down.
“In order to remove the sign safely, crane crews need winds to be less than 13 miles per hour. Once winds decrease to that speed, it is estimated that crane assembly may take three hours, and sign removal 8 hours,” the release stated.
VDOT, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), Virginia State Police and the Prince William County Police Department are working together to make make sure that community members remain safe during the sign’s removal.
All southbound lanes on I-95 near the Prince William Parkway, the ramp from southbound 123 to I-95 South, and Telegraph Road from the Prince William Parkway to Opitz Boulevard are closed.
The roads will reopen once the sign is removed.
Those traveling on I-95 South are being re-routed onto the Express Lanes and tolls have been suspended.
For now, VDOT is asking drivers to use different roads, such as Route 1 and US 301 in Maryland.
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