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Alert for Conn. Ave. Commuters

The District Department of Transportation says it is shifting the work zone on Connecticut Avenue's Klingle Bridge. Watch for the electronic signs to guide you through the new lane pattern, which could be in place Tuesday, the department says.

As work wraps up on the right-hand southbound lane, it will begin on the next lane over. During the morning rush period, which is 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., there still will be three southbound lanes and one northbound, but the pattern will be different from that of the past few months. During off peak periods, it's two lanes in each direction. Then for the evening rush, which is 4 to 7:30 p.m., there are three northbound lanes and one southbound.

Work Zone.jpg Looking north on Klingle Bridge during first phase of work last fall.(Robert Thomson)

This is a big project on a heavily traveled commuter route. DDOT says the work on the historic bridge includes removal of old lead-based paint, cleaning the girders, repairing or replacing parts of the bridge's under girding and surface and rehabilitation to the sidewalks and road surface. The work, which continues from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is scheduled to be done next January.

Stay alert through the work zone, there's a lot to look out for: the red and green lane arrows overhead, the traffic lights, pedestrians who themselves are following new patterns and the construction workers.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 5, 2007; 7:45 AM ET
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Scheduled to be done NEXT January? What used to be an easy ride is now a disaster. It can take 15 minutes just to get through Cleveland Park. Ugh!

Posted by: mle526 | February 5, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I drive over the Klingle Bridge daily - most days there is no work being done on the bridge at all.

Posted by: Gleba | February 5, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It gets worse after 6:30p when people (or valets?) are parked along the outer curb in what is actually the northbound lane until you get a quarter of the way up the block just north of Macomb. These 8 or 9 parked cars mean we've got one lane northbound not just during the morning rush, but all night long as well. Please, please alert the ticket writing and towing authorities, I know I do whenever they are around.

Posted by: grumpy northbounder | February 5, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

why don't they work over nights also when the weather warms up?

Posted by: joe | February 5, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? NEXT January? The bridge is no more than 25 yards long. It's going to take almost as much time as building the entire new stadium. Exactly how inefficient is DDOT?

Posted by: Dan | February 5, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

grumpy is right -- I noticed this the other day. Why isn't the parking blocked off for at least the first stretch of Conn. north of Macomb? I'm sure the businesses would object, but for safety that has to be done.

Posted by: ah | February 5, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The bridge work is a real pain and very dangerous for those of us who live in the neighborhood. Those X and arrow signs telling cars which lane to use distract drivers from the traffic lights at Macomb and at Devonshire. I have seen any number of cars run right through the red lights at both intersections, occasionally barely missing a pedestrian. We had to fight the city to get just 5 extra seconds to cross the street! There are a lot of people in my building who use wheelchairs and scooters, or who are elderly and walk more slowly, and it's just not enough. By the way, the reason they don't work in the evenings is because it's incredibly noisy. Bad enough I'm woken up to jackhammering at 7am six days a week, and when I'm working from home have to put up with very loud machinery the whole day, and on Saturdays. It would be torture to put up with it from 7pm to 7am too.

Posted by: Cleveland Park Resident | February 5, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

They should really align the work hours with the lane shift hours already in place on Connecticut Avenue. At 6:30 pm, it goes back to 3/3 from 4/2, EXCEPT for at the construction site. It is very confusing and causes many near-misses.

I still haven't seen a satisfactory response from DCDOT about the reasoning for the misaligned times.

Posted by: Alexva | February 6, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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