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DC To Repair Potholes on 14th Street Bridge

The contractor on the 14th Street Bridge rehab is going to work overnight on filling the annoying potholes that readers described today during our online discussion.

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John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, said he noticed the complaints coming in from drivers during the discussion, but he said a D.C. engineer already had experienced them first hand on the way in this morning.

Because of the pothole filling, there could be double lane closures on the northbound span between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., then back to a single lane closure from 1 to 5 a.m., when all lanes will be open for rush hour.

Please continue telling me about your experiences on the 14th Street Bridge and the Chain Bridge, also the subject of a rehab project, and all the bridges in between, since we're expecting some spillover traffic. (Commenters today thought they saw an increase in traffic on the Key Bridge.)

This was one of the comments that came in during the online discussion.

Alexandria, Va,: The backup on the 14th Street Bridge this morning didn't seem to be due to the just underway construction project, but because of some truly massive potholes in the travel lanes. Is DDOT going to do repair work on these areas? I would hate to hit them at speed.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 8, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
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The Chain Bridge this morning was interesting. Canal Road is fine, zipping along, and I assume Marylanders are doing ok. DC outbound (and yes, Virginia, people do GO to Virginia in the morning) was also fine. Glebe Road does get a tad backed up.

But the big slow down on the bridge seemed to be people, once on the bridge, were going VERY SLOWLY, because they were busy *texting*, not driving. So, once the light is green, people are not taking full advantage of the opportunity to cross the bridge, but are going slowly, with huge spaces (multiple car lengths) between cars. So perhaps Virginia drivers can be kinder to one another by making sure they move along once they are on the bridge.

Also, most cars seem to have a just a driver, no passengers. Car pooling might also reduce congestion. (Yes, I car pool.)

Posted by: Tenleytowner | June 9, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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