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Posted at 7:35 AM ET, 12/31/2010

New detour at Ninth Street Bridge

By Robert Thomson

The D.C. Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp to the Ninth Street Bridge from westbound New York Avenue NE on Monday. The old bridge is going to be demolished before construction of a new ramp.

Replacement of the old Ninth Street Bridge, which carried about 26,000 cars and trucks daily, has been one of the department's major projects. The bridge, built in 1941 and showing its age, connected New York and Rhode Island avenues over the railroad tracks on the north side of New York Avenue. Construction of the replacement began last year, and the entire project, including the ramp, is scheduled to be done early this summer.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, ramp traffic will be directed to a detour that will remain through May. To reach the bridge from westbound New York Avenue, travelers will follow signs directing them along Penn Street and Brentwood Parkway.

By Robert Thomson  | December 31, 2010; 7:35 AM ET
Categories:  Construction, District, Driving  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, New York Avenue  
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