Chain Bridge Bottleneck Eased
There's a new right turn lane on the Virginia side of Chain Bridge this morning. It should help ease one part of the congestion that drivers have been complaining about during the bridge rehabilitation project.
If you're heading from the District, you'll find that the lanes split as you approach the traffic signal across the bridge. There are right turn arrows for traffic heading toward Route 123 and a straight ahead arrow for traffic bound toward Glebe Road.
Some drivers were complaining that the single-lane setup had blocked them from making the right-on-red turn up Route 123. They were stuck behind drivers heading straight up Glebe Road. Some other drivers complained that people were pulling out of the line of waiting traffic and driving on the left side of the other waiting cars so they could pull to the front and make the right turn.
This isn't a complete solution to the congestion stemming from temporarily closing one of the bridge's three lanes. But it should help improve traffic flow during the project, which is scheduled to end in January.
July 28, 2009; 6:51 AM ET
Categories: Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock
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