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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/26/2010

Thomas Jefferson St. next up for bridge reconstruction

By Washington Post editors

A little less than a year ago, the city announced plans to reconstruct all the vehicular bridges over the canal. They’re all quite old and each require a complete tear down/reconstruction. Unfortunately, it was estimated that each bridge would take a year to reconstruct.

They started with 30th St. last August. Ever since then it’s been closed to vehicular traffic. The city built a small pedestrian bridge about 20 feet up the canal. It’s been about nine months and they’ve still got a decent amount of work left to do.

So it was a bit of a surprise to see the sign up above hanging in Baked and Wired. It is announcing that the Thomas Jefferson St. bridge is next up for reconstruction.

What’s interesting is that it is scheduled to be closed in June and to remain closed for 10 months. This implies that the crews are getting the job done two months faster than expected (they won’t start until the 30th St. bridge is done). Sure, 10 months is still pretty bad, but that’s a 16 percent improvement over what they said it would be!

[Visit Topher Mathews's blog, The Georgetown Metropolitan, to read more.]

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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