WASHINGTON (AP) — Commuters heading into Washington can expect to find new traffic patterns on a heavily trafficked bridge and roadway.

D.C. transportation officials say there will be an “island of construction” on the 14th Street Bridge heading into Washington from Virginia beginning Thursday. That will reduce the distance cars have to merge on the bridge to get to their exits.

In addition, the National Park Service says construction of a levee to protect downtown Washington from flooding will cause both northbound lanes of 17th Street to be closed to traffic for about 60 days. Work on the levee will move eastward from the middle of 17th Street.

When that construction is completed, the work will move to the west side of the street and the southbound lanes will be closed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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