Archive for the Bridges Category

Connecticut Avenue Bridge ca. 1913

Posted in Bridges with tags , on June 18, 2009 by Kent

Connecticut Avenue Bridge ca. 1913The back of this postcard, postmarked in 1913, includes the following information.

This massive work is one of the notable features of the recent development of Washington. It is the largest concrete bridge in the world.


14th Street Bridge Commuters to Encounter New Traffic Pattern Monday Morning

Posted in Bridges with tags , , on May 29, 2009 by Kent

DDOT has issued the following announcement about 14th Street Bridge lane changes:

Washington, DC – District-bound 14th Street Bridge commuters should expect substantial delays starting Monday morning, as they encounter a new traffic pattern. The four lanes of the northbound bridge will be narrowed and shifted to the left, and shoulders no longer will be available. Additionally, the speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour through the work zone. These changes are necessary to enable the first major phase of repairing and resurfacing the bridge deck to commence on the far-right side of the crossing (see below graphic). 14th Street Bridge Lane Changes
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Update on 14th Street Bridge: Lane Closures & Capacity

Posted in Bridges with tags , on May 26, 2009 by Kent

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. Continue reading

Work to Begin on 14th Street Bridge

Posted in Bridges, Renovation and Restoration with tags , , on May 23, 2009 by Kent

14thstbridge_bgFollowing up on the April 30th announcement that DDOT was planning to start construction on the 14th Street bridge is the release below that work will commence this coming Wednesday.

It was reported that Virginia is up in arms because they feel that they were not given adequate notice of the planned renovation. To that, I say two things:

1) This bridge is entirely withing the District. It is the District’s responsibility to repair, and the District has to pay for it. When Virginia coughs up some cash, then we can talk; and,

2) I suspect that stimulus money may be involved. If so, that would explain why the 14th Street Bridge, the 9th Street Bridge, and Chain Bridge are all happening at the same time. Also, if this is the case, the District notified Virginia as soon as they knew work would begin.

The announcement is after the jump. Continue reading

Repair of Chain Bridge to Begin June 1

Posted in Bridges, Renovation and Restoration on May 8, 2009 by Kent

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. Continue reading

14th Street Bridge Rehabilitation to Begin

Posted in Bridges, Renovation and Restoration on April 30, 2009 by Kent

14thstbridge_bgEarlier today, DDOT issued an announcement that a two-year rehabilitation of the 14th Street Bridges will begin. The job involves major repairs to the northbound bridge and minor repairs to the southbound bridge (no work will occur on the HOV bridge).

The work with the greatest impact on the public is repairs to the deck of the northbound bridge. While four lanes will be maintained during morning commuting periods, resurfacing the deck during the next year is anticipated to impose significant delays on northbound morning commuters.

Overnight lane closures in both directions are anticipated to start in early May.

The release, in its entirety, is after the jump. Continue reading

11th Street Bridge Moving Forward

Posted in Anacostia, Bridges, Capitol Hill, Street Cars on April 28, 2009 by Kent

11th-street-bridges1As was reported yesterday, the two companies that the City has chosen to replace the current 11th Street bridges are scheduled to begin construction in August of this year. What I’m particularly excited about is that the new bridges are designed to carry light rail, and that means the projected Anacostia streetcar project across the river will be able to connect with the other planned lines.

The city is maintaining a website that includes more information about the bridges, including past documents pertaining to the bridge. Because it lags in its updating, I’m including the meat of the press release below. Continue reading