Key Bridge sidewalks facing overnight closures

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The work involves repainting the metal railings along the Key Bridge. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

Sidewalks on Key Bridge will periodically close over the next several months for maintenance and repairs, with overnight closures alternating between southbound and northbound, according to a release from the D.C. Department of Transportation.

The agency was due to begin closing sidewalks this past Sunday, and the closures will continue through Oct. 6, weather permitting, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are reserved as alternate workdays.

A sidewalk will always remain available on at least one side of the bridge, and pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured there during the closures. Closing the sidewalks will allow for railings to be repaired and repainted as part of the ongoing Key Bridge Rehabilitation Project.