Repair of Chain Bridge to Begin June 1

Chain BridgeDOT has issued the following advisory announcing work on Chain Bridge. This seems to be the year DC refurbishes its many bridges. So far, work has been scheduled or begun on the 9th Street, 11th Street, and 14th Street bridges.



DDOT to Repair and Repaint Chain Bridge

Work Scheduled to Start June 1: Traffic Will Be Impacted

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to begin an eight month project on or about Monday, June 1, 2009, to repair and repaint Chain Bridge over the Potomac River and the C & O Canal.

To ensure the safety of work crews and motorists, one of the two inbound lanes on the bridge will be closed to traffic throughout the construction period.  A single lane in each direction will be maintained at all times on weekdays, but delays are possible and motorists are advised to use alternate routes, especially during peak hours.

In addition, certain repairs on the bridge will require the contractor to close all of the lanes.  Those closures will be temporary and conducted only on non-holiday weekends between 10 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.  Notice will be posted 72 hours in advance at the approaches to the bridge for these special closures.

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 work on the bridge will include:

  • The replacement of pin and hanger assemblies for the steel girders
  • The installation of catcher beams
  • The repair and reconditioning of the bridge joints
  • Repainting of the bridge structure

DDOT will deploy variable message signs to alert motorists to the impending work, and detour routes will be posted.  For more information about the project, please contact the Program Manager, Said Cherifi, at (202) 671-4611.


3 Responses to “Repair of Chain Bridge to Begin June 1”

  1. David Thompson Says:

    No signs have been posted by DDOT advising motorists that Chain Bridge will be under repair for the next 8 months. So far as I can tell, the horrendous backups of yesterday evening were completely unanticipated.

  2. Suzanne Rothwell Says:

    The traffic movement across from Virginia to DC, which has only one lane feeding in from Glebe Road and Chain Bridge Road (Route 123), would be significantly improved if
    *the traffic light for Glebe Road would turn red when the Route 123 traffic light turns green allowing the Route 123 traffic to make a left turn onto the bridge.

    Currently, the traffic light for Glebe Road remains green continuously, meaning that the traffic from Route 123 must merge with the Glebe Road traffic into one lane to cross the bridge. Let me assure you that the Glebe Road drivers are not cooperative in this regard and maybe 2 or 3 cars can turn at a time. Therefore, it took 30 minutes to go from the top of the Route 123 hill (close by the entrance to GW Parkway) leading down to the bridge in order to turn onto the bridge.

  3. Suzanne Rothwell Says:

    I should have posted this earlier, but I was surprised and pleased to receive a call within the same day of my post on June 2nd by a very concerned person who asked me to call next day if the lights had not been fixed. The lights were working properly next day and have worked since then. Thank you. Thank you for being so responsive and taking responsibility to ensure the problem was resolved.

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