This summer, the National Park Service is repairing the bridge over Windy Run on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (about one mile north of Spout Run Parkway). Drivers should expect delays and changes to the normal traffic pattern. You should consider detours, alternatives to commuting, or using public transit while the bridge is under construction.
We changed the traffic pattern on the bridge on Monday, July 30. Drivers will find that we:
Lowered the work zone speed limit to 35 miles per hour
Reduced the number of travel lanes near and over Windy Run Bridge
Directed all traffic into three narrow travel lanes
Are shifting travel lanes to accommodate rush hour traffic
There will always be one southbound lane and one northbound lane open. The third lane is reversible to accommodate morning and evening rush hours. The reversible lane will run northbound from noon to 8 p.m. and run southbound from 8 p.m. to noon. On Saturday and Sunday the reversible lane will only be southbound.
U.S. Park Police officers will temporarily stop traffic in all directions to facilitate a safe shift in traffic flow at noon and 8 p.m.
Drivers should exercise extreme caution and expect to see U.S. Park Police officers and construction workers in the road before and after the scheduled times for traffic shifts. We expect the trafic shifts will take about 15 minutes to complete.
This bridge deck repair project was planned for summer when the traffic volume on the George Washington Memorial Parkway is lighter than other times during the year. We anticipate the work will be done in the fall. Check here for updates as the project progresses.