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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Rain is increasingly likely overnight Tuesday and the Wednesday morning commute could be messy. A flood watch has been issued. See a map with the D.C. region's major construction projects here, but I want to highlight a development at one important commuter junction in the District.

South Dakota Ave./Riggs Rd.
The District Department of Transportation has closed the ramp from northbound South Dakota Avenue to eastbound Riggs Road, marking the latest phase in the reconstruction project near the Fort Totten Metro station. See a map. Drivers heading north on South Dakota must now go to the traffic signal at the intersection to make a right turn onto Riggs Road.

In an upcoming phase, the ramp from eastbound Riggs Road to southbound South Dakota Avenue also will be removed. These permanent ramp closings are part of the DDOT's plan to rebuild the junction from a hybrid intersection/interchange into a traditional 4-way intersection. DDOT predicts that the new version will be safer for drivers, walkers and cyclists and provide a more suitable environment for neighborhood development.

By Robert Thomson  | August 17, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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