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Chain Bridge To Close Friday Evening Until Monday Morning

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‘Chain Bridge’
courtesy of ‘NCinDC’

Starting Friday, March 26 at 8pm and weather permitting, Chain Bridge will be closed to all traffic (this includes pedestrians and bikes, and traffic from both the DC and Arlington side) until Monday, March 29 at 5am.  The weekend work hopes to continue the reconstruction work already begun on the bridge deck, approaches and structural steel beams. Crews will be pouring new approach slabs, replacing expansion joints, installing a catcher beam system and upgrading streetlights on the bridge.

Canal Road traffic will not be affected, but motorists will not be able to turn onto Chain Bridge. DDOT advises motorists to use alternate routes and river crossings including the American Legion, Key, Roosevelt , Memorial and 14th Street Bridges.

The proposed 8 month long repair work started in June 2009 and was supposed to be completed this past January.  Unfortunately, the Snowpocalypse, SnOMG, Snoverkill, etc. are to blame for a derailed schedule and, therefore, the weekend work. DDOT now anticipates all of the lanes on the bridge will reopen by May 31.  Additional work beneath the bridge is scheduled to continue through August 2010.

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Metro Opening Early on Saturday for Race for the Cure 5K

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‘Walk Start’
courtesy of ‘ManWomanGradyBaby’

Just a heads up from Metro that the system will open two hours early at 5 AM on Saturday to accommodate the Race for the Cure.  There are estimates of 50,000 people participating in this 20th anniversary event, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get there.  Also, Metro reminds us that there will be track work on the Red and Orange lines, so add in twenty to thirty minutes of travel time to get to the race.  And of course, we can expect many road closures in the area, so don’t even think about driving.

If you want to raise money for a great cause, there is still time to register– and you can even Sleep In for the Cure and avoid Metro altogether!  I’ll be running the 5K Saturday– see you there!