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What's up near 14th Street Bridge

When I hear about construction issues in the 14th Street Bridge area, drivers usually are asking about the northbound span. But last week, I got questions about construction-related congestion approaching the southbound HOV lanes. Here's one such letter.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
What is the hold up with the paving work on the entrance to the HOV lanes on the 14th St. Bridge southbound? It's been a least six working days since a road crew began this small paving job. There has been no work there for over a week, yet no work than the initial surface removal has been done, and left behind is the BUMP sign, work crew trucks (abandoned like in a snow storm), traffic cones, even a blanket untouched -- all for over a week.

Of course this causes the faint of heart to come to a stop on the entrance and leaves the rest of the commuters with massive bottlenecks getting on the lanes and on side streets feeding onto 14th Street southbound. It's a nightmare. It has added between 20 to 45 minutes more in my commute time and hundreds of others getting out of the city.

The same holds true on 12th and D streets SW, where the city has not completed construction of a bridge overpass and forcing hundreds of people to walk onto D Street (under the bridge), as the sidewalks under that bridge are closed. This has been going on for more than a year. It's a mess and is getting worse.
-- Rick Miller, Burke

DG: The District Department of Transportation reports that the paving project on the ramp entering the Case Memorial Bridge has not been abandoned and that work has continued at the site. Once the surface pavement was removed, the contractor began chipping to remove deteriorated concrete and perform patching. (A contractor doesn't know the extent of the work involved in this patching process until the surface has been removed.) When the patching is done, the new concrete overlay will be applied. Weather permitting, that could be Monday night.

By Robert Thomson  | July 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, District  | Tags:  DDOT, Dr. Gridlock  
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