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D.C. postpones Chain Bridge closures

UPDATE 1/28/09. 12:15 p.m.: According to John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, the Chain Bridge closures are being rescheduled for the next two weekends. There is snow in the forecast for this weekend and temperatures are expected to be too cold for concrete work.

Original post: So far, there haven't been any of the full closings of Chain Bridge that were part of the original plan for the rehabilitation project, but that's going to change as it nears completion. The District Department of Transportation will completely shut Chain Bridge on two weekends for work on the bridge deck and approaches.

The bridge will close at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1. It will close again the following weekend, from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

Tips for drivers
-- Through traffic on Canal Road will not be obstructed, but motorists will not be able to turn onto Chain Bridge.
-- Many people have no idea where this Potomac crossing is, but for thousands of drivers, it's a major access route between the District and Arlington County. The alternatives are the American Legion, Key, Roosevelt, Memorial and 14th Street bridges.
-- Variable message boards are in place to warn drivers of the work ahead and redirect them.

The contractor has been able to avoid full closings since the project began in June, but because crews will now be pouring concrete, they need to give the concrete time to strengthen. Also, workers will be replacing the expansion joints and streetlights on the bridge.

All three lanes should be reopened to traffic in mid-to-late February if the weather cooperates.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 28, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Chain Bridge, DDOT, Dr. Gridlock  
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This project never seems to end. This was supposed to be finished in January and now it is looking like it will be March. Every time I go by there the pace of work seems to be terribly slow. You would think a lane closure on one of the few arteries between DC and Virgina would be on an accelerated time-line to completion.

Posted by: Tom8 | January 28, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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