Weekend Work at Douglass Bridge
The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street traffic over the Anacostia River, will be under repair again this weekend.
The inbound lanes will remain closed from 10 a.m. Friday to as late as 4 a.m. Monday, but will be back in business for the Monday morning rush period.
Driver heading toward downtown Washington will be directed to follow detours on Interstate 295 North to the 11th Street Bridge.
This is the third in a series of weekend closings of all lanes in one direction. The main event in the rehabilitation program won't come until July and August, when the bridge will be completely shut down. That's when the northernmost portion of the bridge will be lowered to become an at-grade roadway with a new intersection at Potomac Avenue. The plan is to open up the neighborhood, where the new Nationals stadium is being built, and create a better looking gateway to the nation's capital.
The District Department of Transportation says that so far the detour has worked well, but promises to monitor conditions through each weekend of work and make whatever adjustments are necessary before the big shutdown this summer.
The travelers who have written in to me have expressed a very different opinion about how well it has gone. They say the traffic on the eastern side of the river has been pretty well jammed up, and they're asking for suggestions about how to get around this summer without using the 11th Street detour, which they suspect will be a mess.
I know the District has done a lot of planning for this, but I'd like to hear more from you all about your experiences with the weekend lane closures and your own suggestions about detours, either for travelers heading downtown or for those using I-295 and commuting between Maryland and Virginia.
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