Commuters who use the congested 11th Street Bridge toward downtown D.C. will get some long-awaited relief on Friday.
A third lane will open on the bridge's inbound span. District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cherie Gibson says the extra lane will increase capacity by 50 percent for traffic coming off the bridge onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.
"There's been a bottleneck on the bridge where we've had to have a temporary traffic pattern for construction and now we are ready to switch that traffic into its permanent configuration," she says.
Without the third lane, traffic has been getting backed up onto I-295 and D.C. 295. DDOT will close the westbound 695 ramp to M Street starting at 10 o'clock Thursday night until 5 o'clock Friday morning to set up the new traffic pattern. Drivers will be detoured.