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Traffic Restrictions on Benning Road Start Friday

Drivers sitting in traffic at the 14th Street Bridge or up river at Chain Bridge might console themselves by thinking of their longer-suffering bretheren commuting along the constructionway known as Benning Road NE.

But the pace has picked up a lot at Benning Road since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty recommitted to getting the road reconstruction done on time.

The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin paving at several intersections on Friday. Impact on drivers: Temporary "no left turn" restrictions between 23rd Place and Oklahoma Avenue; temporary lane closings westbound.

Turning Restrictions
The left turn restrictions are likely to continue until Aug. 1. That means:
-- If you are heading east on Benning, you won't be able to turn left onto 26th Street.
-- If you are westbound on Benning, you won't be able to turn left onto 23rd Place, 25th Place or Oklahoma Avenue.
-- If you are northbound on 24th Street, 25th Place or Oklahoma Avenue, you won't be able to turn left onto Benning or cross the intersection.
-- If you are southbound on 26th Street, you won't be able to turn left onto Benning or cross the intersection.

These restrictions won't affect traffic turning right. Detour signs will direct left-turning drivers from Benning to 21st Street. To reach Benning from the south in this work zone, drivers could use E Street to 21st Street, then take 21st to Benning.

Lane Closings
From 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, traffic heading west on Benning between 16th and 21st streets will be restricted to one lane. There will be no restrictions over the weekend. But they will be back during the same hours Monday through Sunday next week.

The two northernmost lanes on the westbound side (heading toward downtown) will be closed to apply the final coat of asphalt. One westbound lane will always be open and all of the inbound lanes will be available during the morning rush hours (as long as you rush before 9:30).

Bus Stops
Metrobus riders will still be able to use the bus stops. DDOT says there will be flaggers stationed near the bus stops to help passengers.

The Prize
The reconstruction project is now moving along as Fenty and DDOT Director Gabe Klein said it would when they visited the torn-up roadway in late April. DDOT plans to complete the paving of two lanes in each direction between 16th Street and Oklahoma Avenue by mid-August.

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By Robert Thomson  |  June 11, 2009; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Benning Road, DDOT, Fenty, lane closings, traffic restrictions  
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