Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge Closures Begin Monday

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Temporary off-peak lane closures — to begin Monday, March 13 — will be set up on westbound Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 26th Street and 28th Street NW.

The daytime closures will occur from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. They are expected to last approximately two weeks, according to the District Department of Transportation.

The sidewalk adjacent to the closed-off lane will also be closed. The traffic lanes and sidewalk will reopen each afternoon at 4 p.m.

Noted the transportation agency: “The closures allow DDOT to safely rehabilitate the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over Rock Creek and the Rock Creek Parkway. Work includes removing stone to clean and restore the stone masonry on the bridge’s facade.”

This work continues the rehabilitation of the bridge connecting Georgetown and points west to the West End and downtown D.C. The project has its own website: [PennAveBridgeHab.com](https://www.pennavebridgerehab.com).

*The following is an outline of the project from DDOT.*

DDOT is rehabilitating the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over Rock Creek and Rock Creek Parkway. The project is expected to take 14 months and its effects on the area will be closely monitored with daily outreach to area businesses and citizens to ensure that construction activities are well-planned, with the least amount of disruption possible.

The rehabilitation includes:

• Repairing and repainting the structural features of the bridge

• A partial deck replacement

• Repaving roadway approaches and realigning the Rock Creek Parkway exit ramp tie-in with Pennsylvania Avenue

• Cleaning and restoring the stone masonry and façade, including removal of graffiti

• Upgrading the lighting

• Reconstructing the sidewalks, with ADA-complaint sidewalk ramps and curbs.

In the spring of 2017, to perform the necessary work, a detour of westbound Pennsylvania Avenue traffic will be implemented. Westbound traffic will be detoured onto 26th Street NW to M Street NW, while eastbound traffic will not be impacted. Pedestrian and bike traffic will continue to use the bridge during construction, and work will be coordinated closely to maintain bus stop access. Advance notice of the detour will be provided.

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