CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA9) -- A third lane will be open to drivers on Route 50 by Thursday, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reported.

The additional lane will run eastbound from Poland Road in Loudoun County to Route 28 in Fairfax County, VDOT reported.

The lane will be opened in two phases. The first phase will take place before 5 a.m. on Wednesday and will

During the second phase the lane will be opened from Poland Road in Loudoun to Pleasant Valley in Fairfax. The second phase will be complete before 5 a.m. on Thursday, VDOT said.

A third lane for westbound traffic is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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