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Foxhall Closing for Road Work

The District plans to close most of Foxhall Road to through traffic after morning rush on Wednesday, and it will remain shut through Oct. 25 if the construction work goes according to plan. Residents and visitors will still have access to the area, which is between Reservoir Road and Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington. But the many commuters who use this route will have to follow detour signs or find alternatives.

This work is part of a $4 million road construction and streetscape project on Foxhall between Nebraska Avenue and Canal Road. The overall project, scheduled to be completed by next June, will widen the intersection at Reservoir Road, adding a left turn lane from eastbound Reservoir to northbound Foxhall; fix the sidewalks, pavement markings and traffic signs; add signals and street lighting at Reservoir and Foxhall; and resurface the roadway between Canal and Nebraska.

Here are the detours for the work scheduled to start tomorrow.

Northbound traffic on Foxhall Road toward Nebraska Avenue will be detoured onto Reservoir Road and MacArthur Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. Southbound traffic on Foxhall Road toward Reservoir will be detoured onto Nebraska Avenue and Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Watch for the signs.

The District Department of Transportation, which is in charge of the project, warns that days could be added to the detour if the work takes longer than expected.

For those of you who live around there, here's what you should know about access restrictions.

The upcoming work will completely shut down Foxhall between Fulton and Edmunds streets. All local drivers will be detoured onto adjacent streets. Northbound local traffic on Foxhall will go eastbound onto Edmunds to 44th Street for access. Southbound local traffic will be sent eastbound onto Garfield Street to 44th Street. Street parking won't be allowed during this period, so there will be enough room for traffic on the detour route. Watch for the no parking signs.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 16, 2007; 7:35 AM ET
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'bout time. Foxhall is one of the worst pot-hole ridden roads in DC. I'll gladly wait a few weeks while they fix that horrible road.

Posted by: Willis | October 16, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Dear Doctor: The Nebraska Ave. end of Foxhall was just milled and repaved over the past two weekends; the road is perfect, even re-lined. I'm not sure how far over the work was done but it's at least to Cathedral Ave. Are saying that this portion of Foxhall will be closed as well? It doesn't seem to make much sense to close down a finished road. Can you clarify?

Posted by: Curious | October 16, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Curious, sometimes a completely finished segment of road will be closed if it will detour traffic onto a more reasonable route. For example, say you are heading up a road, and first you cross a major road which can serve as a detour, then you pass the newly finished segment, and that segment ends at a little side street, it makes sense to detour traffic at the major road and not the side street. The section between the main road and the side street can always have "local traffic only" restrictions and remain open for people who live in the area only.

Posted by: Woodley Park | October 16, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Dr. G, this morning WTOP was reporting that Foxhall Road would be closed starting tomorrow until Thursday (Oct 18th). You are reporting its closed starting tomorrow through next Thursday (Oct 25th). I'm not sure which annoucement is correct.

Agreed with others in that Foxhall is one of the worst kept roads in NW DC. WTOP said the long-term plan for construction at Foxhall includes a whole scope of road improvements including wider lanes, better lighting, sidewalk replacement, simliar to what is being doing on Rock Creek. Estimated completion for EVERYTHING is late spring/early summer 2008. Lets hope DDOT can do a better job of managing this whole reconstruction than the inept NPS does.

Posted by: Rock Creek Pkwy commuter | October 16, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: The Foxhall closing is scheduled to start after this Wednesday morning's rush hour and continue through Thursday, Oct. 25. (I'm thinking that the Wednesday-Thursday thing might have been the reason for any confusion about what WTOP was saying.) The closing is scheduled to last a week and a day.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | October 16, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Edmunds is south of Cathedral, so they need more room there to do repairs.

They're closing the entire road to through traffic. Only local traffic has to detour around the Edmunds to Garfield stretch, where presumably their doing a lot of work or staging equipment.

DDOT website says it's through Oct. 25. DDOT release also says it's ahead of schedule, which is impressive.

Posted by: ah | October 16, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This completes the perfect storm of traffic hell for anyone trying to get in or out of Virginia from northwest D.C. - I work in Rosslyn and live near Chevy Chase Circle. The Rock Creek construction has made it impossible to merge onto the Parkway from the Roosevelt Bridge/Virginia Avenue side. So the only other way to go was Key Bridge to Canal to Foxhall. And now that's out. A 20-minute commute now will take a minimum of an hour. You really wonder if anyone thinks about this stuff.

Posted by: billni | October 16, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't have been as much of an issue if NPS was faster. But Foxhalls NEEDS to be repaved desperately, and it should be done before winter arrives (where the condition of the road would only worsen). I don't think ANY work has been done on that road in the 4+ years I've been around here.

Posted by: DC 21 | October 16, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

billni, not sure if this will help, but I used to take this route from the Chevy Chase Circle area to get to Ballston -- take Western Ave to Dalecarlia Pkwy to Loughboro Rd. You could either turn right onto Loughboro and then left onto MacArthur, taking that to Reservoir Rd to connect up with Foxhall. Another alternative might be to turn left from Dalecarlia onto Loughboro, right onto Arizona and left onto Canal, but I don't know if you're allowed to make the left onto Canal so that might not work.

Posted by: arlington | October 16, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

If you are going North on Foxhall, will you be able to turn left on Reservoir Road to get to Georgetown hospital?

Posted by: Christi | October 16, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated to the topic, but I wanted to say that last night, traffic in Alexandria City was a complete mess during the PM rush. Going southbound anywhere on the west end, you were guaranteed to hit a jam, no matter which street you took. Something to do with a SWAT standoff on N Van Dorn, which closed the road between Sanger and Holmes Run Pkwy...every single side street was crammed with traffic trying to get on alternate N/S routes. My home is off Beauregard and a normally 15 minute commute home took me 1 hour. Not complaining...just stunned. My point? It's amazing how just one incident can close off/choke up half the city streets. Wow.

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | October 16, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Finally! Foxhall Rd. has been a disaster for as long as I have been driving that area the past 23 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Yay to Foxhall...but what is the story with the Rock Creek Parkway? They had a new traffic pattern this morning with almost NO direction signs. And it seems that 2 lanes are now closed where only one was before. And like many others have said, Foxhall would have been a good alternate but no more...

How is taking Canal Road in to the Key Bridge outbound in the AM? Might try that later this week.

Posted by: Confused Commuter | October 16, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Agree on Rock Creek this morning -- what a mess. They've now closed the middle two lanes. Looks like to repair the bridge over Rock Creek.

Well, that's fine, but perhaps someone could remind the contractors that rush hour happens in this city--why couldn't the work be done during off hours?

Posted by: ah | October 16, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"billni, not sure if this will help, but I used to take this route from the Chevy Chase Circle area to get to Ballston -- take Western Ave to Dalecarlia Pkwy to Loughboro Rd. You could either turn right onto Loughboro and then left onto MacArthur, taking that to Reservoir Rd to connect up with Foxhall. Another alternative might be to turn left from Dalecarlia onto Loughboro, right onto Arizona and left onto Canal, but I don't know if you're allowed to make the left onto Canal so that might not work."

If you can't turn left onto Canal, perhaps you could turn right, then left across Chain Bridge. For getting to Rosslyn, go up the hill on Glebe Road and take the exit for Military Road and follow that to US-29, then go left. I don't know how the Military Road portion is during rush hour, but I used to use Chain Bridge fairly routinely when I lived in Fairfax and wanted to go to or from the Mazza Gallerie area and it was usually an OK route.

To go from Dalecarlia Parkway to Chain Bridge I used to go right on Loughboro Road, past Sibley Hospital, then left on MacArthur, right on Arizona, and right again on Canal.

Posted by: Rich | October 16, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Chain Bridge reverse peak commute:

AM into VA, bleh.
PM into DC, fuhgheddaboudit.

Off peak it is a decent route when the Chain Bridge/Canal Road signal isn't short cycling. This Rock Creek Parkway BS is making me tempted to try Chain Bridge though...

Posted by: Woodley Park | October 16, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I should have added this before about Rich's suggestion...Military Road is a nice shortcut during both rush hours, little congestion, only 1 traffic light, but a strictly enforced 30 MPH Speed Limit. Using 123, Glebe, Military, Nelly Custis, Lorcom Lane, and Spout Run Parkway bypasses the oft-congested segment of GW Parkway. However sometimes the PM jamup for Chain Bridge backs up well onto 123. If there's hints of congestion on GW Parkway prior to 123 (or prior to entering from 123), a lot of bailout traffic will clog this in a big hurry. Better bet is to use Old Dominion at that point. But Military works nicely during AM peak and during PM peak when there is congestion on GW Parkway that begins after 123.

Posted by: Woodley Park | October 16, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I didn't suggest Lorcom into Spout Run because the poster above mentioned Rosslyn, and I seem to recall that you can't easily get to Rosslyn from the GW Parkway at rush hour. (I may be mistaken because I don't use that road at that time of day, but I thought I saw signs about ramp closures at certain times.)

Posted by: Rich | October 17, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Good catch, Rich. If the original poster needs to get to Rosslyn, then Lorcom to Spout Run Parkway going the other way (south) to Lee Highway is the way to go.

Posted by: Woodley Park | October 17, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"If the original poster needs to get to Rosslyn, then Lorcom to Spout Run Parkway going the other way (south) to Lee Highway is the way to go."

Duh to me. I completely forgot about the idea of going right from Lorcom onto Spout Run; the idea never even crossed my mind. D'oh. Strikes me as a good idea compared to taking Military all the way to US-29.

Posted by: Rich | October 19, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

billni, I am also cut off without Foxhall and Potomac Parkway. The DDOT is either really stupid or doesn't care. Both areas being cut off makes all other roots a parking lot as well including GW Parkway. By the way, Potomac Parkway is only suppose to have 1 lane closed now not 2. Does anyone check compliance?

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