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Traffic alert: Beltway pothole repairs cause delays

Two lanes on the Capital Beltway's inner loop at the Cameron Run bridge, west of the Wilson Bridge, were closed this afternoon to complete emergency pothole repairs. Traffic is restricted to one lane and is likely to remain so through rush hour Friday evening. The repairs involve installation of steel plating, which will stay in place until the temperature rises to the point where the large pothole can be patched.

That means serious backups. The pothole problems, caused by our recent snowstorms, are considered serious enough to merit this emergency work, but it will make for a very difficult rush hour. Consider an alternative route if one is available to you.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 8, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, traffic delays  
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This is the THIRD time since the blizard that they have conducted "emergency pothole repairs" on this stretch of the beltway. The other 2 times were during evening hours (once on early morning on December 24, 2009 and the second overnight on January 2, 2010). Why couldn't they conduct repairs the correct way the first two times? From what I could tell, they were patching the potholes with concrete on both occasions, so the crews must have done one terrible job to cause the problems to continue to deteriorate to the point that lanes have to be closed during rush hour.

This construction zone (between route 1 and Van Dorn Street) has been a debacle since the Wilson Bridge was completed!

Posted by: Russtinator | January 8, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

To answer the previous poster, one of the challenges in repairing these potholes is the extreme cold. They can only apply a temporary patch until temps are sustained above 45 degrees. I sounds like they can only redo the temporary patch until it gets warmer The pothole repairs didn't save me any trouble--one of them in that area caused me a flat tire a few weeks ago!

Posted by: signof4 | January 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

To answer the previous poster, one of the challenges in repairing these potholes is the extreme cold. They can only apply a temporary patch until temps are sustained above 45 degrees. It sounds like they can only redo the temporary patch until it gets warmer. The pothole repairs didn't save me any trouble--one of them in that area caused me a flat tire a few weeks ago!

Posted by: signof4 | January 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Acid snow?

Posted by: member5 | January 8, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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