Canal Road in Georgetown slated for lane closures

Pipe work will close lanes on a section of Canal Road NW near the Whitehurst Freeway. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2016)

A stretch of Canal Road NW in Georgetown will face lane closures until June 28 to make way for sewer rehabilitation work, with officials warning of traffic delays.

Weather permitting, crews will close one westbound lane of Canal along with the eastbound turning lane near the Georgetown University entrance just west of Whitehurst Freeway. The closures will be in effect 24 hours a day starting at 7 a.m. today, according to a news release from the D.C. Sewer and Water Authority, which is conducting the sewer work.

During that time, crews will be repairing an 18-inch sewer under the C&O Canal. The work is related to 2015 sewer overflows along the Capital Crescent Trail that took place after heavy rains, the release says.

Additionally, starting next month the sewer repairs will require a detour on the Capital Crescent Trail to avoid construction activities near the Foundry Branch Tunnel and Washington Canoe Club. The work is expected to last through December 2017, with the trail otherwise remaining open, along with the tunnel and towpath stairs.

Initial plans set a June 19 start date for the Canal Road work, but inclement weather delayed the schedule, according to the release.