Jan 5, 2024 - News

New traffic pattern on GW Parkway to last through 2025

Overhead picture of GW Parkway

The northern section of the GW Parkway is continuing its rehab project. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The George Washington Parkway enters its next phase of rehabilitation on Saturday with traffic shifting to the southbound lanes.

Why it matters: The new traffic pattern is expected to last through late 2025 as the National Park Service continues upgrading the historic roadway.

What's happening: Weather permitting, between Saturday 8pm and Monday 2:45pm, northbound travel will drop to a single lane as crews work.

  • Afterward, the traffic switcheroo will be complete, and the current temporary lane in the median of the GW Parkway will always be a northbound lane. Motorists driving toward Maryland will have to use that lane.
  • A left southbound lane will be a reversible lane, changing direction during the AM and PM rush hours. The right southbound lane will always be a southbound lane.

Some visuals to help:

A diagram showing the weekday morning rush hour traffic pattern, with two southbound lanes and one northbound lane
The weekday morning rush hour has two southbound lanes and one northbound. Image courtesy NPS
A diagram showing the weekday evening rush hour traffic pattern, with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane
On weekday evenings, there will be two northbound lanes and one southbound. Image courtesy NPS

Catch up fast: The $161 million rehabilitation project along 7.6 miles will lay fresh asphalt, rebuild stone walls, fix erosion and safety barriers, and upgrade scenic overlooks along the route, we reported a year ago.

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