Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of DDOT)

The District Department of Transportation closed eastbound Southeast Freeway between Eighth Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE on Thursday evening, and it won’t reopen until mid-2014 or later.

This stretch of the freeway closed after the evening rush hour on Thursday, Jan. 31. The closure, which is due to construction related to the 11th Street Bridge Project, will be in place for between 18 and 20 months.

DDOT already closed the westbound stretch of the Southeast Freeway (also between Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street SE) last November. That portion was also meant to be closed for 18 to 20 months.

While the eastbound lanes are closed, all eastbound traffic heading to I-295, Pennsylvania Avenue or DC-295 will be shunted to the I-695 Outbound Freeway Bridge.

In addition to the freeway closure, the Eighth Street SE ramp to outbound I-695 and the Ninth Street SE ramp to the eastbound Southeast Freeway will be closed.

Traffic heading to northbound DC-295, southbound I-295 or eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue will be detoured to M Street SE, to the 11th Street on-ramp and onto eastbound I-695. (See the graphic at the top of this post.)

Before the eastbound stretch is fully shuttered, DDOT will impose alternating single and double lane closures on the eastbound freeway on Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and again from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Friday morning. There will also be intermittent stoppages on the eastbound lanes from midnight to 5 a.m. And the 11th Street/M Street SE on-ramp to eastbound I-695 will be closed from Thursday at 9 p.m. until Friday at 5 a.m.