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New pattern on 14th St. Bridge

8:45 A.M. UPDATE

On Monday, if the plan goes according to schedule, commuters will find the left-center lane blocked as they head for either 14th Street or the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

That means the work zone will have moved one lane to the left. After a year-long phase in which the far-right lane was the only one blocked off, the bridge rehabilitation project has moved out fairly rapidly across the span. The current work zone was set up in July.

Although the concrete barriers will be in a different spot this week, the task for drivers remains basically the same. They must navigate around this construction island to line up for either 14th Street or the freeway.

Drivers heading for the bridge from northbound Interstate 395 can use the left exit lane (Exit 10C) as a through lane onto the bridge. They will not be required to exit, and they can continue onto the bridge.

When the work zone ends, there's about an eighth of a mile left to make lane changes before the highway divides.

There is always a lot of traffic movement across the bridge, but pay particular mind to drivers merging from the northbound George Washington Parkway on the right, who are going to have limited space to move left if their destination is 14th Street.

-- Robert Thomson

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
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