Update on 14th Street Bridge: Lane Closures & Capacity

14thstbridge_bgHere’s an update on the work to commence tomorrow on the 14th Street Bridge. The number of lanes close depends on the day and the time. Fortunately, DDOT is trying to be accommodating to commuters by minimizing lane closures during those times. The latest DDOT announcement follows:


14th Street Bridge Work

Scheduled to Begin Tomorrow

Single Lane Closures Expected Between Rush Hours

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is reminding motorists that work is scheduled to begin on the northbound 14th Street Bridge beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27, weather permitting.  Crews will spend the next five days, including the weekend, preparing the roadway for the first phase of the year-long bridge rehabilitation project.  This preliminary work will include restriping and installing barriers for the lane shifts required to maintain traffic, as well as work on the bascule span of the bridge and the Operator’s Tower.

Throughout this project, DDOT will maintain four lanes of traffic on the northbound bridge during commuting periods, but temporary off-peak lane closures will be necessary.  From Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29, crews will close a single lane on the northbound bridge, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In addition, the following lane closures will be in effect over the weekend:

Friday, May 29

  • 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – single lane closure
  • 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. – double lane closure

Saturday, May 30

  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – single lane closure
  • 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. – double lane closure

Sunday, May 31

  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – single lane closure
  • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – double lane closure

For more details on the construction, including graphics showing the eight phases of work, please visit www.ddot.dc.gov/14thstreetbridge.  DDOT is encouraging all motorists to go to this site and sign up for email or Twitter alerts to receive real time information about the bridge work.

In addition, commuters are urged to consider:

  1. Ride-sharing across the HOV bridge – With no work occurring on the HOV bridge, form a carpool or take local or long-distance commuter buses.
  2. Taking Rail or Transit – Avoid highway congestion by taking Metrorail or the Virginia Railway Express.  Commuters can go to www.goDCgo.com for information on alternative modes of transportation and trip planning.
  3. Adjusting work schedules – Use flex-time or compressed work weeks, if practical.
  4. Using another route – While other alternative bridges are congested during morning commute periods, the new Wilson Bridge, though six miles south, is usually free of congestion.

2 Responses to “Update on 14th Street Bridge: Lane Closures & Capacity”

  1. Dare I assume that because the press release doesn’t mention the bike path that it will remain unmolested during this period?

  2. From what I’ve read, construction is focused on the northbound lanes … and if memory serves, the bike/pedestrian path is next to the southbound lanes. So, I’m assuming they will be largely left alone.

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