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Another road project on DC's eastern side

Combining necessity with the good luck of available federal money, the District continues to add road construction projects that will affect travel on the eastern side of the city.

You know about the New York Avenue projects and the Pennsylvania Avenue SE reconstruction. Now comes the rebuilding of the Eastern Avenue bridge over Kenilworth Avenue (295). Work is scheduled to begin late this month. The old bridge will not be demolished until late December or early next year. Replacement will take about a year.

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The District Department of Transportation says that drivers will find two lanes open at all times, but that may include using the service roads for additional lane space. That will definitely be the case during construction of the bridge piers.

Drivers approaching Kenilworth should watch for information about lane closings on electronic message boards in the District and Maryland.

The other big project on Kenilworth, the one farther south at Burroughs Avenue, that's almost done and should no longer be a problem for drivers along Kenilworth. You can see the latest progress report here on the DDOT site.

Commuters from Maryland heading for downtown Washington or Virginia, I don't see New York Avenue as a good alternative during this construction. DDOT is advising New York Avenue drivers to add up to half an hour extra to their trips during when the projects in that corridor reach their peak in the spring. At this point, it looks like it would still be better to stick with Kenilworth. Do the regulars have different opinions?

By Robert Thomson  |  November 11, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: 295, DDOT, Dr. Gridlock, Eastern Avenue Bridge, Kenilworth Avenue  
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