Beginning Monday, August 3, drives should expect traffic delays due to closure of the Carroll Avenue bridge southbound lane.
The Takoma Park Police Department announced Friday, July 31 Carroll Avene Between Flower and Jefferson Avenues will experience delays while the Maryland State Highway Administration repairs deteriorated sections of sidewalk on the southbound side of the bridge.
The work does not appear to be related to major repairs due over the next year or so. Takoma Park councilmember Seth Grimes said there is currently a large hole in the sidewalk that must be repaired for safety. “I’ve heard you can see clear through the deck,” he said. Debris has fallen onto the trail below the bridge and there is netting hanging under part of the bridge.
Underside of the bridge, March 2015. Photo by Bill Brown.
The repairs will take several weeks. Work will begin Monday morning at 9:00 AM, and continue each weekday (weather permitting) until sidewalk repairs are complete. A flagging operation will guide both northbound and southbound MD 195 traffic through the work zone. All lanes will reopen no later than 3 p.m. each weekday.
Police advise drivers to add extra commute time and expect delays during the sidewalk construction.
Pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times, although sidewalk users may have to use the safest crossings within the work zone including ones on the opposite side of street.
Councilmember Kate Stewart passed on the news to her consituents earlier this week that the comprehensive bridge repair project was recently awarded a contractor. Work on the project is anticipated to start later this summer, she said. Construction of a temporary pedestrian bridge will be one of the first tasks. The Carroll Avenue Bridge will remain open through the preliminary phases.
Stewart said the city will likely hold a community meeting in late Augustr just prior to the start of construction.
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