May 19, 2010
Weekend Closure of Chain Bridge for Final Deck Repairs
All Three Lanes on Bridge Scheduled to Reopen on Monday
- DDOT is scheduled to close the Chain Bridge this weekend, and weather permitting, when it reopens Monday morning there will once again be three lanes available for traffic.
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to close the Chain Bridge this weekend, and weather permitting, when it reopens Monday morning there will once again be three lanes available for traffic. The rehabilitation of the 71 year old bridge necessitated closing one lane for almost a year, but beginning Friday evening, crews will begin removing the concrete barriers, repaving the bridge deck and restriping the lanes.
The bridge is scheduled to be closed at 9 pm on Friday, May 21 and it will reopen no later than 6:30 am on Monday, May 24. After that, the traffic pattern will be the same as it was before work on the bridge began: there will be two lanes available for inbound rush hour traffic in the morning, and two lanes for rush hour traffic outbound in the evenings.
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. Contractors will use construction barrels to close a lane rather than the concrete barriers now in place.
Impact on traffic this weekend:
- There will be no access to the bridge from either the District or Arlington. That includes cyclists and pedestrians because the sidewalk will also be closed.
- Thru traffic on Canal Road will not be obstructed, but motorists will not be able to turn onto Chain Bridge.
- Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and river crossings including the American Legion, Key, Roosevelt, Memorial and 14th Street Bridges.
- Variable Messages Boards will be in place to warn drivers of the work ahead and re-direct them to alternative routes.
The current Chain Bridge was completed in 1939 and sits on stone piers from the 1870’s. It carries close to 22,000 cars a day and the last major rehabilitation of the bridge was done in the early 1980’s. The current repair project began on June 1, 2009.