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Paving to Start on Rock Creek Parkway

The National Park Service plans to start a paving project on Rock Creek Parkway between Virginia Avenue and P Street tonight after the evening rush.

The work involves closing the southbound curbside lane, the P Street ramp, the K Street ramp and the Pennsylvania Avenue ramp. Three travel lanes will remain open both northbound and southbound during the paving operations, the park service says.

All those ramps are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Friday and stay open until 10 a.m. Then they will close again through Sunday.

The parking lot for Thompson's Boat Center will be closed for repaving on Monday after 7:00 p.m. It's scheduled to reopen Tuesday afternoon.

This whole project, which began last April, is scheduled to be done in May. You can see a fuller description of the work on this page from the Federal Highway Administration, which is overseeing the project in conjunction with the park service.

For a while last year, this project generated more complaint letters to Dr. Gridlock than any other construction, but as the work quieted down for the winter, so did the complaints. The paving effort signals we're in the home stretch. But if you get off to a late start on Friday morning, it sure looks like you'd want to avoid the southbound parkway.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 10, 2008; 6:40 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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