Dr. Gridlock took questions during an online chat on the 14th Street bridge project and other transportation issues.
Dr. G's Tips
Driving the Bridge
There will always be four lanes open during peak travel times, but the lanes will be narrowed and the shoulders eliminated. Workers will be behind concrete barriers, but the jackhammering, presence of construction equipment and effects of milling the roadway probably cause distractions.
Maneuvering in Traffic
The first phase of any big project involves some confusion. Expect delays. As the closings move into the middle lanes, drivers will want to be very cau tious and alert while moving to the proper lanes for their destinations.
Single-lane closures might occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. On weekends, multiple lane closures may occur from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday.
What Else to Try
Carpool; take VRE, Metro or a commuter bus; adjust your work schedule; telecommute; or try another bridge. The nearby driving options are the Key, Roosevelt and Memorial bridges to the northwest of the 14th Street Bridge. But after that, it's down to the Wilson Bridge.