Construction Causing Delays on SE/SW Freeway - NBC4 Washington

Construction Causing Delays on SE/SW Freeway



    A new road project is causing huge headaches for some drivers. The project involves putting up new traffic signs along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway in D.C. News4's transportation reporter Adam Tuss was given special access to the work zone. (Published Friday, July 26, 2013)

    Lane closures and delays along the Southwest/Southeast Freeway are giving D.C. drivers headaches.

    D.C. Department of Transportation crews are installing new electronic signs near the South Capitol Street exit, where they have also closed down one lane in each direction.

    The new signs will replace an old message board, and will carry information like emergency responses, accidents and travel times to hopefully speed up your commute.

    "Most of this work will be done before school starts," Reggie Sanders with DDOT said. "We thought this was a good period of time to get it done and get it out of the way. We apologize to all motorists and residents who are coming into town."

    The project is federally mandated -- meaning departments of transportation around the country are being told to build the signs. Eleven in total are being installed in the District.

    The 24-hour work zone is causing some drivers to rethink their commutes.

    "It's too many people... I prefer to ride my bike. Actually, I'd rather ride by bike," Julie Patterson told News4.

    "It's horrendous," Don Montouri said. "I commute to Rockville from Capitol Hill and it's just terrible."

    The construction is scheduled to last another month.