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I-395 message jolted some travelers

A message board on I-395 got the attention of at least a few drivers this morning when it warned them that the Southeast-Southwest Freeway would be closing on or about Jan. 9.

While many travelers hate the freeway, they'd sure miss the road if it weren't around. Actually, says John Lisle, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, the sign was making the impending closure sound much more dramatic than it will be.

He says the District will be demolishing two little-used ramps from the 11th Street Bridge in the direction of Barney Circle. What the sign should say is that there will be temporary lane closures on the freeway. The entire freeway will not be closed. DDOT is asking the contractor to modify the wording on the sign. I'll have more exact details about the lane closings when they become available.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 28, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: 11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Thank you, Dr. Gridlock! I saw the same message late last week on the Freeway in DC, and was quite concerned.

Needless to say, "Lane Closures" would have been far preferable to - not to mention more accurate than - "Freeway Closed". (Duh...)

Let's get with it, DDOT. It doesn't take much to set the DC traveling public into a panic. The last thing we need from you is an alarmist message... especially an incorrect one!

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 28, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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