Lane reopens on Chain Bridge
Afternoon commuters on the Chain Bridge will see something that's been missing for almost a year: a third lane. The D.C. Department of Transportation says all lanes on the bridge have been reopened to traffic.
The re-striping of the lane markings on the bridge deck, the part of the restoration work delayed over the weekend because of rain, has been completed.
Two lanes will be available for outbound traffic this evening and one lane for inbound traffic. In the morning, DDOT said, the center lane will be reversed and there will be two lanes for inbound motorists, the same traffic pattern employed before repairs began on the bridge in June.
The rehabilitation of the 71-year-old bridge required closing one lane to serve as a construction staging area, but over the weekend, crews removed the concrete barriers and repaved the bridge deck. Temporary barrels were placed in the closed lane for safety until the new paving markings could be completed.
The bridge lane reopening was originally scheduled for January. Final construction underneath the bridge is scheduled to continue until August. As part of that work, temporary closures of one lane on the bridge may be necessary, but will only occur during off-peak periods, DDOT said. Contractors will use construction barrels to close a lane rather than the concrete barriers used over the past year.
May 25, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories: Commuting , Construction , Driving | Tags: Chain Bridge, DDOT, Dr. Gridlock
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