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Short stretch of Southeast-Southwest Freeway to close

Thursday - 1/31/2013, 5:56pm  ET

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Road closures signs are posted along portions of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway Thursday. A portion of the freeway will close for months and traffic from the freeway eastbound will no longer be able to continue to Pennsylvania Avenue. The closure begins after rush hour Thursday night. (WTOP/Sarah Didrick)

Amy Freedman, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The short stretch of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway eastbound that runs to Pennsylvania Avenue and the Sousa Bridge after the 11th Street Bridge Exit will be closed for several months after rush hour Thursday night, Jan. 31.

All traffic will be diverted onto the 11th Street Bridge.

In addition, if you use the ramp from 8th Street/9th Street/Virginia Avenue SE to Pennsylvania Avenue and the Sousa Bridge, you will also be diverted to the 11th Street Bridge.

This closure is part of phase 2 of the 11th Street Bridge Project and will remain in place for 18 to 20 months.

In preparation for, and in addition to, the full closure, DDOT will implement alternating single and double lane closures along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Also starting at midnight through 5 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, there will be intermittent 20 minute stoppages.

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