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Flyover ramp aims to improve 11th Street Bridge traffic

Monday - 10/10/2011, 7:15am  ET

Kristi King, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - It may be unusual, but there's a construction zone in D.C. that should help traffic flow even before all the work is done.

A new DC-295 flyover ramp is related to work on the 11th Street Bridge Project and extends between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road in Southeast, providing a seamless transition from old to new lanes.

The payoff that will help traffic flow involves vehicles leaving town via the Southeast-Southwest Freeway over the 11th Street Bridge. The bridge's outbound exit to DC-295 South now has an exit ramp that merges onto the highway from the left. That exit ramp is a dedicated lane that continues onto DC-295 South.

That on-ramp coming from the left also helps traffic traveling south on DC-295 toward the Howard Road exit. Traffic on the highway no longer has to compete with traffic coming off the 11th Street Bridge in order to merge right toward Howard Road.

The 11th Street Bridge Project and related interchanges should be ready for traffic by mid-2013. When it's all done, the work will include a path for pedestrians and bicyclists. There also will be room to accommodate a planned streetcar line.

The project also will link to both the southbound and northbound directions of DC-295.

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