Parts of the southbound and northbound portions of the parkway will close Friday and Saturday night, respectively, for major patch-up jobs on some of the most pothole-ridden sections of road in the D.C. region.
Work to patch a minefield of potholes on the BW Parkway concluded Sunday morning, after northbound and southbound lanes were periodically closed throughout the weekend for emergency roadwork.
Crews worked on parts of the northbound portions of the parkway Saturday night, patching some of the most pothole-ridden sections of road in the D.C. region.
Southbound lanes were closed overnight Friday, and reopened around 5 a.m. Saturday. Northbound lanes were closed starting Saturday evening, and reopened around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
The emergency work was first announced earlier this week after members of Maryland congressional delegation met with the Park Service Wednesday. The emergency work comes after discussions between Maryland’s congressional delegation and the park service.
“They have informed us that they will begin emergency contracting procedures,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen told WTOP. “They will make this a priority and get the job done, so that we can go back to having a reliable, safe BW Parkway.”
The emergency repairs will help improve conditions until a larger repaving project gets underway in April. As part of that project, the parkway will be repaved from Maryland 197 to 198. Over the summers, crews will repave the parkway from Maryland 198 to 175.
The second phase also involve repaving access ramps in both work areas.
It’s still unclear whether this weekend’s interim repaving will make it safe for a higher speed limit again.
“We’re going to work with our traffic safety experts, both in the U.S. Park Police and the Federal Highway Administration and we’ll make a determination about when it’s safe to raise the speed limit again,” Shafer said.
Watch what the work crews are doing to repair the potholes.
WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report.
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