Chain Bridge fix to take longer
The District Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will take almost three more months to get all lanes reopened on the Chain Bridge.
Since the bridge rehabilitation started in June, its three lanes have been reduced to two, slowing travel for thousands of drivers as they cross the Potomac River. Work on the bridge deck originally was scheduled to be done in January and then slid a bit to late February. But months of severe winter weather have pushed the target date to May 31. Additional work beneath the bridge is scheduled to continue through August.
"The unprecedented adverse weather conditions put us further behind schedule than we wanted," District transportation director Gabe Klein said in a statement. "We recognize that this project is an inconvenience to our residents who travel into Virginia as well as commuters coming into the city and we apologize for the continued delays. That being said, DDOT crews need the additional time to make sure we are able to complete the necessary bridge repair and maintenance work as scheduled."
DDOT announced this week that the first of two weekend closures on the bridge will take place March 12-15. The closures were originally scheduled for December but put off to allow for minimal disruptions during holidays and then rescheduled but canceled several times because of freezing temperatures and snowstorms.
The weekend work includes pouring new approach slabs, replacing expansion joints, installing a catcher beam system and upgrading streetlights on the bridge, DDOT said. That will require a complete shutdown of the bridge. Canal Road on the D.C. side will remain open.
March 5, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories: Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock
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