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Humpback Bridge

The reconstruction of the George Washington Parkway’s Humpback Bridge, which began in January 2008, is wrapping up. This weekend, Interstate 395 ramps near the bridge were being paved. Stone work on the bridge will be done soon, the National Park Service says. Other work includes fixes on the median guardrail, final grading, rehabilitation of the nearby grounds and removal of the staging area.

Traffic may be stopped occasionally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The left lane on the southbound side is scheduled to close from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Fairfax Parkway

Drivers using the eastern side of the Fairfax County Parkway will have to wait a little longer to get the full benefit of the new interchange at Boudinot Drive near Interstate 95.

The Virginia Department of Transportation partially opened it last week, so cars from Boudinot Drive and Fullerton Road in Newington can reach the parkway’s northbound lanes.

But the ramp from the southbound parkway to Boudinot Drive and I-95 will not open for several more weeks. Project managers discovered that they need to stabilize a retaining wall before opening that section, VDOT spokesman Mike Salmon said.

I-95 signs

On Tuesday night, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to start lane and ramp closings on southbound Interstate 95 at the Powder Mill Road interchange (exit 29). Workers will be installing overhead sign structures for a future section of the Intercounty Connector.

Tuesday through Thursday nights, the right lane on southbound I-95 will be closed before exit 29 beginning at 7. The two right lanes will be closed beginning at 11 p.m., and the ramp from southbound I-95 to eastbound Powder Mill Road will be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Watch for detour signs.

Maryland hopes to open this eastern section of the connector late this year or early next.

work on New trail begIns

On the western side of the Intercounty Connector corridor, work has begun on a new bike and pedestrian trail, one of the projects designed to offset the local impact of the highway construction.

The half-mile Redland Middle School Trail, scheduled for completion before the start of the school year, will run along Muncaster Mill Road near the school, north of the connector. Project officials say it will provide a safer way for students traveling between school and the Winters Run Community. During the summer construction, there will be intermittent lane closings on Muncaster Mill Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Beltway biking

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge project has opened a new bicycle and pedestrian path on the ramp that connects northbound Telegraph Road with Eisenhower Avenue in the Telegraph Road interchange work zone along the Capital Beltway. It opens access to the Eisenhower Valley for bikers and walkers who live south of the Beltway.

The path is the first such direct connection between Huntington and Eisenhower avenues in the Telegraph Road area since the Beltway was built. The path crosses Cameron Run on the east side of the newly completed Telegraph Road bridge, then connects to the flyover ramp crossing the Beltway.

11th Street Bridge

To accommodate work on the 11th Street Bridge project, the National Park Service plans to close Anacostia Drive SE between Good Hope Road and Nicholson Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night Sunday through Friday.

The District Department of Transportation may close lanes through Sept. 1 on the old bridge spans and ramps, as well as on nearby parts of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and Interstate 295/D.C. 295.

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