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Memorial Bridge to be closed overnight Oct. 3-4 and all weekend

Due to sustained high, fast water in the Potomac River, the National Park Service says, in a news release, that construction crews were not able to complete all of the work that was originally scheduled for Arlington Memorial Bridge Sept. 22-23. Completing the work will require additional temporary, total closures, the release stated.

The additional closures are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 3 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Thursday, October 4 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. until Monday, October 8 at 5 a.m.

“Our first priority on every project is safety,” George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alexcy Romero was quoted as saying in the news release. “The river was running too high and too fast last weekend to safely have some of the equipment in the Potomac River.”

During this closure, we will move barges on the Potomac River and install pilings (long metal poles) through holes in the bridge deck. The pilings will anchor support systems for the bridge during the rehabilitation process.

During the last closure, work crews:

Installed poles to support lit signs that will direct drivers in a reversible lane.
Added a center barrier that will keep drivers safe when work to replace the bridge’s road deck begins later this fall.
Poured concrete to add support for some of the bridge’s structure.
Applied striping that will guide drivers during the next phase of work.
Successfully tested the process for safely removing historic balustrades and stone from the bridge’s sidewalks.

Over the next two and a half years, we expect a limited number of full bridge closures on weekends and occasional, short full closures of the bridge at night. The next full weekend closure it tentatively planned for November.

The National Park Service invites the public to a public meeting on Oct. 9 to learn more about the project, and to help people plan their travel around the bridge during construction activities. Representatives from the National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration and the project contractor will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Subject matter experts will be on hand to answer questions following the presentation.

When: October 9, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Where: National Capital Regional Headquarters in East Potomac Park
1100 Ohio Dr. SW
Washington, DC 20242

Signs from the parking lot will direct patrons to a large meeting trailer located behind an office building. Free parking is available. The headquarters building is roughly one mile from the L’Enfant Metro Station. To request specific accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, please contact Jonathan Shafer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 202-619-7186 by Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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