Traffic Alert for Douglass Bridge
It may seem odd to be thinking of mid-summer traffic when you're trying to crank up a cold engine in February, but for some readers, it's not too early to be planning for the big summertime shutdown of the Douglass Bridge on South Capitol Street. The District Department of Transportation plans to divert traffic up to the 11th Street Bridge during July and August.
That's by no means the only part of its strategy for easing congestion. There will be a campaign to get drivers to park at the Anacostia Metro station and take the Green Line downtown, park up at RFK and take a shuttle bus and take commuter buses. Plus, the work on the Douglass Bridge will occur during the lightest possible travel months.
Still, drivers are concerned. How would you advise this traveler from Prince George's County?
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
The July and August closing of the Douglass Bridge, with traffic diverted to the 11th Street Bridge, will cause major congestion for drivers traveling to and from southern Prince George's County.
In addition, construction for a new government building has already begun on one entire block of Good Hope Road between the on and off ramps to the 11th Street Bridge and a previously one-way street leading out of Anacostia is now two-way, which is backing up traffic coming off the 11th Street Bridge.
Are there any alternative routes in and out of downtown Washington that will bypass the Southeast/Southwest Freeway bridges?
Alert for the weekend: DDOT again will close the inbound lanes of the Douglass Bridge for the weekend, starting right after the Friday morning rush period ends. This is for some rehab work before the summertime shutdown for the major work. The inbound lanes will be shut from 10 a.m. Friday to as late as 4 a.m. on Monday. Detour goes to the 11th Street Bridge. For travelers, this is a mere test driver for the summertime experience.
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