A little less than a year ago, the city announced plans to reconstruct all the vehicular bridges over the canal. They’re all quite old and each require a complete tear down/reconstruction. Unfortunately, it was estimated that each bridge would take a year to reconstruct.
They started with 30th St. last August. Ever since then it’s been closed to vehicular traffic. The city built a small pedestrian bridge about 20 feet up the canal. It’s been about nine months and they’ve still got decent amount of work left to do:
So it was a bit of a surprise for GM to see the sign up above hanging in Baked and Wired. It is announcing that the Thomas Jefferson St. bridge is next up for reconstruction. What’s interesting is that it is scheduled to be closed in June and to remain closed for ten months. This implies that the crews are getting the job done two months faster than expected (they won’t start until the 30th St. bridge is done). Sure, ten months is still pretty bad, but that’s a 16% improvement over what they said it would be!
As you can see from the sign, the residents and businesses of lower Thomas Jefferson St. are not too pleased with the prospect of getting cut off from M St. (although pedestrian access will remain). It surely is frustrating to them, but the work needs to be done. Better to do it under planned circumstances then wait for a collapse.