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Chain Bridge closing planned

A curse hangs over the planned weekend closing of Chain Bridge, and I fear that by mentioning it here, I may yet again doom the effort.

Weather permitting -- as it so far has not this year -- Chain Bridge will be completely closed to traffic this coming weekend. During that time, workers will be fixing the bridge deck, its steel beams and the approaches. Because they need good weather and moderate temperatures to do this, rain and cold, snowstorms and intense downpours have delayed the weekend program since January.

But this work is essential to completing the rehabilitation project that began last spring and getting the lane configuration back to the normal pattern of three, with two of them in the rush-hour direction. The return to normal now is scheduled for May 31.

The weekend closing is set to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and continue to 5 a.m. Monday. This will be a complete shutdown: no vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. Through traffic on Canal Road will not be obstructed, but drivers will not be able to turn onto Chain Bridge. The alternative Potomac River crossings include the American Legion, Key, Roosevelt, Memorial and 14th Street bridges.

I took a peek at the Capital Weather Gang's weekend forecast, and it looks good for getting the work done. (Hope I didn't jinx it.)

By Robert Thomson  |  March 16, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock  
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Please Please Please do not rain this weekend! And please please please be done by May 31st :)

Posted by: wpjunk | March 16, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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