Wisconsin Avenue lanes to close for resurfacing -- Gazette.Net



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Repair crews are closing lanes along Wisconsin Avenue for resurfacing into next year, State Highway Administration officials say.

Workers on Tuesday began work to resurface the road and upgrade sidewalks along a one-mile stretch between Bradley Boulevard and Washington, D.C.

The $1.3 million project may occasionally close a lane of the road weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Double-lane closures are expected between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The project will run into the fall or the spring, depending on the weather, said SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. He said if the temperature drops below 50 degrees, work will be suspended.

The work is meant to smooth the surface of Wisconsin Avenue to improve traffic flow, according to a statement by the SHA. That section of road carries more than 41,000 vehicles per day, a number expected to reach 45,000 by 2030.

The work will begin on the southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue near Bradley Boulevard and move south, Gischlar said. When it reaches the Washington, D.C., line it will head north.

The existing sidewalks will be upgraded to include improved handicap access, including the addition of an audible pedestrian-traffic signal at the intersection of Willard Avenue and Wisconsin Circle.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout this project.

Anyone with questions about traffic operations on Wisconsin Avenue is asked to call the SHA at 301-513-7300.

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