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Ohio Drive nearly done

By Robert Thomson

But before the reconstruction project wraps up, Ohio Drive will be completely shut this weekend, the National Park Service says.

The final asphalt surfacing and placement of road markings is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Friday. This will completely close Ohio Drive from the Roosevelt Bridge over the Rock Creek Parkway to Independence Avenue at 23rd Street NW until 5 a.m. Monday.

This has been a high-impact project for hundreds of commuters since the spring, but if it wraps up this weekend, it will be just a couple of weeks behind the original schedule.

During this weekend's work, the park service suggests a variety of ways around the Ohio Drive closure.

From Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway to downtown: Drive south on the parkway to the left-hand turn onto Virginia Avenue NW, then turn right onto southbound 19th Street and make a left onto Constitution Avenue NW.

From Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway to Arlington Memorial Bridge: Drive south on the parkway and make a left onto Virginia Avenue NW, then a right onto 23rd Street NW, then go south to Lincoln Circle and onto the bridge.

To Rock Creek Parkway from East Potomac Park or Independence Avenue: Take Maine Avenue SW to 15th or 17th streets north to westbound Constitution Avenue NW and right onto Virginia Avenue NW to northbound Rock Creek Parkway.

North to I-66/Roosevelt Bridge from East Potomac Park or Independence Avenue: Take Maine Avenue SW to 15th or 17th streets north to westbound Constitution Avenue NW, which becomes I-66 at the bridge, past 23rd Street NW.

See a map of the Ohio Drive area, near the Lincoln Memorial.


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By Robert Thomson  | November 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Congestion, Construction, District, Driving  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Ohio Drive  
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