“Sustained high, fast water in the Potomac River” prevented crews from finishing all the work, the park service said in a statement.
“Our first priority on every project is safety,” George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alexcy Romero said in the statement. “The river was running too high and too fast last weekend to safely have some of the equipment in the Potomac River.”
Last weekend’s bridge work was postponed once by the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence, and then again by heavy rains.
The bridge will be closed intermittently on nights and weekends until 2021. The next closure is scheduled for November.
A public meeting with representatives of the park service, the Federal Highway Administration and the bridge contractor is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the park service’s regional headquarters at 1100 Ohio Drive, Southwest. There’ll be a presentation on the work and the representatives will answer questions.
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