The westbound Benning Road bridge over the railroad tracks and Kenilworth Avenue NE will be rehabilitated over the next 18 months, according to D.C. Transportation Director Thomas Downs.

While the work is going on, westbound traffic will be detoured via Minnesota, Burroughs and Kenilworth avenues NE to return to Benning Road west of the bridge, at all times except during morning rush hour. From 6 until 9 a.m. weekdays, the separate, eastbound bridge will be used by incoming or westbound traffic.

Eastbound traffic will continue to use the eastbound bridge at all times except from 6 to 9 a.m. on weekdays, and about 30 minutes before and after those hours, to reverse the traffic. During morning rush hour, traffic will be diverted by way of Kenilworth, Burroughs and Minnesota avenues. The eastbound bridge will be improved later.

Replacement of the westbound bridge is expected to take about 18 months. Motorists may use East Capitol Street as an alternate route, including the recently renovated Whitney Young Bridge over the Anacostia River.

The new bridge will have two traffic lanes, as does the current bridge, but a pedestrian walkway will be replaced with a bicycle lane. Pedestrians will continue to use the walkway on the eastbound bridge