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Reno Road Reopens

Complaint letters come in about some road work out of all proportion to the route's share of the region's traffic. One such commuter route is the District's Reno Road, which snakes through the western part of the city. But today is different: It's done.

Reno Wraps Up.jpg Road barriers were about to come down on Wednesday as work ended. (Robert Thomson)

The rebuilt roadway between Nebraska Avenue and Military Road is open.

"I appreciate the patience of residents and motorists during this full reconstruction," Emeka Moneme, the director of the District Department of Transportation, said in a statement. "Reno Road is open and it looks fantastic."

It does look great. (Having cost $3.2 million in federal and local money.) Erik Linden, the department's spokesman, has been providing updates on progress over the months. Earlier this week, drivers who could see that the project was nearly done were getting impatient for removal of the barriers. On Wednesday, when the remaining obstacle to opening was the signal work at Nebraska Avenue, Linden told me that bad weather in February and utility work had slowed things down a bit.

If Reno is your route to work, or the way you get the kids to school, it wasn't always plain why a project on a relatively short stretch of roadway should take so long. Here's what you got:

The bill.jpg Sign on Reno showed the project's bill in federal and local money. (Robert Thomson)

New roadway base and new asphalt surface, new granite curbs and gutters, driveway aprons and wheelchair ramps, new sidewalks, upgraded stormwater drainage (including new catch basins and stormwater lines), upgraded streetlights and traffic signals.

The other big improvement for traffic up that way is the new pattern on Military Road that allows for two lanes of traffic in the rush time direction. Be careful, though, because it takes a bit of getting used to after many months of negotiating that squeeze to a single lane.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 27, 2007; 8:17 AM ET
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