Traffic experiment on GW Parkway
[Thursday update: The National Park Service says the parkway lane shift will not happen on Monday. The plan is still under discussion and the announcement should not have gone out, said park service spokeswoman Toni Braxton.]
Drivers heading south on the 14th Street Bridge have complained about the congestion on the ramp leading to the northbound George Washington Parkway stemming from the reconstruction of the Humpback Bridge. On Monday, Aug. 2, the Federal Highway Administration and National Park Service will begin a one-week test of a new traffic pattern to see if it relieves that congestion.
During the afternoon rush, from 3 to 7 p.m., traffic already northbound on the parkway approaching the 14th Street Bridge will merge to the left into a single lane over the parkway's Humpback Bridge. Drivers coming off southbound I-395 (the 14th Street Bridge) will have a dedicated lane as they merge onto the northbound parkway. This should reduce the traffic backup on I-395 southbound. The risk is it could create more congestion among drivers already on the parkway.
The bridge reconstruction is behind schedule. The original timetable called for completion of the rebuilding in February 2010. Project managers say it has been delayed till spring 2011, because of unforeseen problems with the utilities in the area, ground conditions and bad weather.
| July 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories: Congestion, Construction, Virginia | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Humpback Bridge
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