Thursday, June 30, 2011
The 1967 Northwest Branch Beltway Bridge over the Anacostia River is showing signs of deck deterioration and must be rehabilitated in the portion between MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) and MD 193 (University Boulevard). This Maryland State Highway Administration project should be completed in fall 2012.
Work on the bridge begins this summer. No work can be done over the winter and the temporary concrete traffic barriers will be removed. Repairs will resume in spring 2012.
During construction, all eight lanes of the bridge will remain open during weekday peak travel periods, but lane widths will be reduced from 12 to 11 feet. Expect closures of one, two or three lanes overnight, depending on the time. Road shoulders will be unavailable until the project is completed.
About 230,000 vehicles use the bridge every day. Drivers are cautioned to remain alert and anticipate reduced speed limits, narrowed lanes and the presence of highway workers in the Northwest Branch Bridge corridor.
POSTED AT: 4:00:00 AM