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Kalmia Road Bridge On Track To Reopen In April

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Erosion under the Kalmia Road Bridge prompted DDOT to act.
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Erosion under the Kalmia Road Bridge prompted DDOT to act.

The Kalmia Road Bridge — a busy road that's used to cut across Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. — is closer to reopening to traffic.

When the District Department of Transportation closed the part of Kalmia Road connecting East Beach Drive with West Beach Drive back in October, the 17,000 motorists who used it every day had to start using a detour. Now, DDOT engineer Paul Hoffman says a new bridge is starting to be put in place.

"The contractor installed pre-cast arch sections and headwalls and wingwalls. It was a major milestone in the schedule," Hoffman says. "We are trying to get the whole job done with a six-month closure of Kalmia Road, starting in late October when we closed. We still want to open in late April."

The culvert under Kalmia Road eroded so quickly that DDOT had to replace the 70-year-old bridge. Detours for commuters traveling both east and west across Rock Creek Park will continue until the construction work is completed.

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