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Most of Eisenhower Connector Closing For Summer

Many Beltway commuters returning from the July 4 weekend will find a big change to the west of the Wilson Bridge. Most of the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will be closed to drivers, bikers and pedestrians, and it will stay that way through September.

This is part of the Wilson Bridge construction project, which involves not only the bridge but also the nearby Beltway interchanges. The connector is being closed to allow deck replacement work on the Beltway above it. The only move drivers will be able to make using the connector takes them from Eisenhower Avenue to the inner loop.

During the early part of the week, through traffic from the outer loop will travel in the three left-most lanes over the Connector Bridge. By the end of the week, the right lane of the outer loop will be diverted to the right, using the Eisenhower Connector ramps as the third outer loop travel lane. Drivers will not be allowed to turn onto the connector or stop on these ramps. (See map here.)

Watch for signs alerting drivers that Exit 174 is closed. They will lead to detours from the outer loop going by Van Dorn Street or Telegraph Road to Eisenhower Avenue. Other signs will alert bikers and walkers that the connector is closed. South Van Dorn Street is a potential alternative.

The earlier closing 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 will be shifted over to the new lanes west of the Beltway Bridge over Cameron Run.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 1, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  
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