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Eisenhower Avenue Connector Closures Begin Tomorrow

Most of the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will be closed to traffic, bicycles and pedestrians beginning at noon tomorrow (Monday, July 6) through September. This is part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and will allow deck replacement work on the Capital Beltway I-95/495 Bridge above the Connector. Vehicle traffic from Eisenhower Avenue to the Inner Loop of the Beltway is the only remaining movement allowed.

The detailed schedule of activities:

Beginning Monday, July 6 (weather permitting):
--> At 12 p.m., access from the Eisenhower Avenue Connector to the Outer Loop of the Beltway and the Outer Loop to the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
--> Through traffic on the Outer Loop will travel in the three left most lanes over the Connector Bridge.

Beginning Friday, July 10 (weather permitting):
--> At 10:00 p.m., dependent on traffic volume, the Outer Loop of the Beltway will be reduced to one lane for striping work.
--> Work will conclude by 7:00 a.m., Saturday July 11, and result in traffic in the right lane of the Outer Loop being diverted to the right, using the Eisenhower Avenue Connector ramps as a third Outer Loop travel lane.
--> Motorists will not be allowed to turn onto the Connector or stop on these ramps.
--> This configuration will remain in place through September to allow the Beltway Bridge work.

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Signs will be posted stating that Exit 174 is closed and to follow detours via Van Dorn Street or Telegraph Road to access Eisenhower Avenue from the Outer Loop. Additional signs will alert bicyclists and pedestrians that the Connector is closed to them and that they should use alternative routes. (South Van Dorn Street is a possible alternative.)

The earlier closure of the exit ramp from the Inner Loop to the Connector is scheduled to remain in place into October, when the new Inner Loop Local lanes will be completed and all Inner Loop traffic shifted over to the new lanes west of the Beltway Bridge over Cameron Run.

All construction-related work and dates are subject to change, depending on weather, material and contractor availability or other unforeseen conditions.

By Mark Berman  |  July 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Wilson Bridge  
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Comments

A diagram would be useful!

Posted by: jayshap1 | July 5, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Costing the tax payers millions and elevating the so called global warming issue. I think at this point the only way we should allow a road to be closed is if a judge signs off on it. Meaning there is a detour route made available and min impact is pushed off onto the tax payers. I've seen roads closed during rush hour so they could repair pot holes in a sidewalk causing a 2 mile back up.

Posted by: askgees | July 5, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Dr. G,

Now that the 4th of July hubub has calmed down, can you do another post on the Next Bus system. It seems like the system has quite a few flaws and there were a fair number of comments on your original post (which quickly got pushed off the page). You usually are very good about relaying rider comments to WMATA. Have you received any response about the Next Bus system from WMATA yet?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | July 6, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Did I read that right?

"traffic in the right lane of the Outer Loop being diverted to the right, using the Eisenhower Avenue Connector ramps as a third Outer Loop travel lane"

That sounds like to me that the right-most lane of the outer loop is going to go down towards the light at the Connector and then come back and rejoin the 2 lanes that go over the bridge. If this is true, and it's going to stay like this for more than a week, then this portion of the beltway is going to be a MESS!!

An exit ramp is NOT an appropriate choice for a thru travel lane on a major interstate. VDOT should be ASHAMED if this is indeed how this construction zone is being configured. There has got to be a better way of redecking this bridge. If the Telegraph Road interchange isn't going to be finished until 2013, what's the hurry in completing this redecking project?

Posted by: Russtinator | July 6, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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