DDOT repaving 15th Street bike lane

Equipment is positioned along 15th Street between L and M streets for the repaving. (Robert Thomson — The Washington Post)

The District Department of Transportation has launched a repaving project for the two-way bike lane on 15th Street NW. Weather permitting, DDOT said, the work should be done by Oct. 11.

The repaving will impose temporarily parking restrictions on the west side of 15th Street between K and Swann streets. Cyclists who use the popular route may prefer alternatives such as 14th or 16th streets NW while work is underway, though neither of those north-south alternatives offers the protection of the 15th Street cycletrack. The diversion should be for just a few blocks. Cyclists, of course, are permitted to use the regular lanes of 15th Street as well.

DDOT said the work will evolve in several phases, starting with repairs to curbs, gutters, and pedestrian ramps. That should take about two weeks, moving through several blocks at a time. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs. After that comes the resurfacing and installation of pavement markings.


Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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