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1.5-mile stretch of Canal Road NW reopens after emergency repairs

Curbed logo Curbed 7/15/2019 Andrew Giambrone
a car parked on the side of a road: Canal Road NW (2018)© Shutterstock Canal Road NW (2018)

D.C. transportation officials had closed the road after flooding damage last week

Update, July 15: Canal Road NW completely reopened around 11:30 a.m. Monday after emergency repairs were completed, the District Department of Transportation announced. The agency says it will “continue to monitor the safety of roadway for the traveling public” and that the repairs were finished four days in advance thanks to work over the weekend.

Original post, July 12:

The torrential flooding the D.C. area saw this past Monday caused structural damage to the 1.5-mile length of Canal Road NW between Reservoir Road NW and Foxhall Street NW, and that part of the road will remain closed to traffic for at least a week so emergency repairs can be made, according to the the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The road is a major north-south connection on the city’s west end running from Georgetown to Palisades.

“Additional work may be necessary for the long-term stability of the roadway,” the agency notes in a release. “DDOT will notify the community as new information on potential road closures is available. Motorists should follow signed detours and stay alert while traveling in the work zone.” The road has been closed since July 10 due to the appearance of a sinkhole.

Monday’s downpour was considered historic as it dumped up to 4 inches of rain in one hour.

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