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Warming Up For 14th Street Bridge Project

This coming week, drivers on the 14th Street Bridges will begin to see variable message boards warning about the bridge repair project that will probably affect their northbound commutes for the rest of the year. We want to do all we can to help you get through this. Here's more about what to expect.

The resurfacing work is scheduled to start the week of May 18, says Johanna Jones, a spokeswoman for the project. If you're driving across the northbound span on the evening of May 18, you'll probably see signs preparing you for the lane shifts, but no barriers will be in place yet. In fact, the concrete barriers won't be set up until after the Memorial Day weekend.

However, the work of eradicating the old lane makers and putting down new ones is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 20. This will shift the four lanes to the left, away from the Phase 1 reconstruction area. On the right -- the southernmost side -- you'll see barrels blocking off the old lane where Phase 1 is beginning. Pay special attention to that if you're driving north on the George Washington Parkway and coming up the bridge ramp.

You can see the complete pattern of lane closures, starting with the three-month-long Phase 1, on our Commuter page map, along with advice on how to deal with this. In the weeks ahead, look to "Get There" and to Dr. Gridlock's Twitter page for the latest on the project and the likely delays. Tell us about your experiences, too, and share your advice.

-- Dr. Gridlock

By Mike McPhate  |  May 10, 2009; 12:01 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge  
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During this construction will non-HOV traffic still be allowed to cutover to the HOV lanes at the Pentagon?

Posted by: gardnerwsmith | May 28, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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