Hallelujah! Kalmia Road NW Bridge Opens

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today the completion of a nearly six-month construction project to install the new Kalmia Road NW Bridge. The project, which cost approximately $2 million, replaced a structurally-deficient culvert with a new bridge structure to help improve traffic flow and manage stormwater.

The existing culvert at this location partially collapsed in 2009. While the roadway approaches to the culvert remained structurally sound, DDOT replaced it with a new bridge structure to better accommodate the more the 16,000 daily trips that use the crossing and handle large rain events.

Unlike the culvert, the new, larger bridge allows more water to pass underneath, which minimizes overflow during heavy rainfalls. It also includes an additional westbound traffic lane to improve traffic flow and features a wider pedestrian walkway.

In addition to the installation of this new bridge, a 1940s-era 12” waterline was replaced.

Part of the reason that DDOT was able to complete the project in nearly six months—despite having to contend with extremely cold winter weather and large rainfalls in the spring—was by utilizing a “quick bridge” construction method.

This construction method allowed large bridge components to be made off-site and then transported to the project site for installation.”

8 Comment

  • Oh thank god.

    • +100!!!

      going from my place in silver spring to my parents place off utah has been a total bitch without that bridge! never even realized how much i needed it :)

  • Nice..but what’s up with that ugly chain-link fence? Just some more over-engineered junk that clutters what is otherwise a pretty nice rebuild. Really what is the point of it?

    Chain link fence should be relegated to state prisions to prevent riots in cellblock D. That’s about it.

    • I’m guessing it is there to prevent the less dexterous among us from falling and getting injured. Just a guess though. Could be wrong.

      • I think he objects to the form of the fence, not the fact of the fence. I don’t mind it. At least it’s black.

      • As if a chain link fence is the only way to do that? How about just raising the stone/masonry by 3-4 feet? Would be a lot more attractive and less maintenance in the long term.

      • It is useless and ugly – the pedestrian sidewalk is on the other side. And there is already a beefy guardrail for the cars.

        • You guys should e-mail your council member about this. Maybe we can convince them to waste thousands of taxpayer dollars to tear it down and put in something much more aesthetically sexy.

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