Chain Bridge: 3 lanes on Monday
After a weekend closing for repaving, the Chain Bridge is scheduled to return to three lanes, the District Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
One lane has been closed since the project began nearly a year ago, and that has backed up traffic on both sides of the Potomac River. The transportation department took several steps to ease the pain for drivers, but said the lane had to remain closed during the project so it could serve as a staging area.
Drivers could see the lane closed off, but they couldn't see most of the work, which has been going on under the bridge. The restoration of the lane, originally scheduled for January, was delayed several times. In fact, restoration work will continue into the summer, even though the lane will be reopened.
The bridge is scheduled to close completely at 9 p.m. Friday. Workers will remove the concrete barriers, repave the bridge deck and restripe the three lanes. The lanes are scheduled to reopen no later than 6:30 a.m. Monday. After that, the traffic pattern will be the same as it was before work began. There will be two lanes for inbound traffic during the morning rush and two lanes for outbound traffic during the evening rush.
Because there is still work to be done, there will be some temporary single-lane closings at off-peak hours. Workers will use construction barrels to block of the lane in those cases. No more concrete barriers.
May 19, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
Categories: Congestion , Construction , Driving | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock
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