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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Leaders Pleased to Announce Reopening of Broad Branch Road NW Tomorrow

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WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will reopen Broad Branch Road NW between Brandywine and Ridge Roads after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

“This project posed some unique challenges,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “I want to commend Director Terry Bellamy and DDOT for being flexible and finding a solution to reopen Broad Branch Road as quickly as possible. Their efforts have ensured a safe passageway for the many residents who travel this way every day.”

Broad Branch Road was closed this past December to permit crews to repair the collapsed culvert over Soapstone Creek. The culvert failed last April, forcing DDOT to close the roadway. In June, workers from DDOT’s Street and Bridge Maintenance Branch erected a temporary bridge, which allowed for one-way travel over the creek. The temporary bridge had to be removed to allow for the permanent repairs. With the reopening of Broad Branch Road, two-way traffic will be restored between Brandywine and Ridge Roads.

“We are delighted and relieved that this vital connection has been finally reopened,” said Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh.

“There is a tremendous need for cross-park connections, and this has become even more critical with the other construction in the area,” said Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser. “I know that Ward 4 residents and all those who use this bridge will be pleased to be able to once again use this route for commuting, recreation and other travels in the park.”

DDOT would like to thank residents and travelers for their patience and cooperation over the past 10 months.