Connecticut Avenue Bridge Reopening
Drivers on Connecticut Avenue should find all the lanes on the Klingle Bridge open. The District Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday that the work in the lanes would end in time for the evening rush.
This $9 million rehab job on the historic bridge began in September 2006, and the project is scheduled to continue until April. But it has progressed far enough to allow DDOT to reopen the lanes, which had been closed one by one for reconstruction.
You won't see those red and green markers overhead anymore. Last fall, they were a source of some letters from commuters and Cleveland Park neighbors who worried that motorists would confuse them with stop and go signals at the nearby Macomb Street and Devonshire Place intersections. About 45,000 motorists travel across the bridge each day.
DDOT says Cleveland Park residents also can expect less noise in the bridge area now that the main road work is done, and thanks them for their patience. (This appeared to be a pretty good example of a city agency working with a community to iron out the rough spots in a road construction project.)
The work has included replacement of the bridge deck, repairs to the approach roadways and repair and replacement of structural steel. Remaining work includes sidewalk work on the bridge and other minor work that will not involve lane closures during rush hour, DDOT said. But do expect alternating off-peak lane closures.
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