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Multiple lanes are closed on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase as crews work around the clock to repave the road.

The State Highway Administration cited “extremely poor driving conditions” as the reason for emergency repairs, according to a news release Wednesday. The repaving project stretches from the Washington, D.C., line to East West Highway.

While crews typically stop road work during rush hour, when possible, that is not the case this time around. Two northbound lanes are expected to be closed through late Thursday, according to the agency. Two southbound lanes are expected to be closed from Thursday night or early Friday until Saturday night.

Needless to say, the agency is encouraging drivers who normally use the road during rush hour to seek alternate routes.

The agency had planned to close lanes only overnight and in the middle of weekdays, The Gazette previously reported. When crews took off the top 2 inches of pavement to prepare for repaving, however, they found that the base pavement was in “an advance stage of deterioration,” an agency news release said. Because the underlying pavement conditions were so bad, the contractor working on the project determined that closing the lanes during work was the only safe option. Crews are putting down a stronger asphalt mix to offset the deterioration, the release said.

According to agency, more than 46,000 vehicles typically drive on the affected stretch of road every day.

ewaibel@gazette.net