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Traffic Alert: Slow Going on 14th Street Bridge

Workers are setting up the northbound span for the year-long rehab scheduled to start on Monday. The slow traffic that drivers are encountering right now may well be a preview of the travel experience for much of this year.

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Right now, traffic coming up I-395 toward the bridge's regular northbound lanes (not HOV) is being pushed over to the left by a string of orange cones. This is causing a slowdown back to the 3B ramp, as drivers figure out how to merge before reaching the bridge. The HOV lanes look fine.

Cars coming up from the northbound George Washington Parkway onto the northbound bridge are having no trouble right now. What they encounter is a new concrete barrier on their right, which is blocking off the old right lane on the bridge.

But that's blockage is not a problem for them at the merge point, because those orange cones just to the south have blocked any traffic from coming up behind them and interfering with the merge. Traffic on the bridge is flowing quite well. The problem is getting to the bridge from the I-395 approach.

Schedule for the rest of the weekend:
To 10 o'cock tonight, single lane closure; from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., double lane closure.
From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, single lane closure; from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, double lane closure.

At off-peak hours and on weekends, this is what you're likely to encounter in coming months. Lanes may be closed at these times for the resurfacing project. This is so likely to affect thousands of drivers that we've created a special package of useful links, which I'm debuting on this entry. Let me know what you think of it, how else we can be helpful to you and what your own experiences are.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 30, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  14th street bridge  | Tags: 14th street bridge  
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