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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Lanes will be closed to repair pavement on Connecticut Avenue from the D.C. line to East West Highway in Chevy Chase the rest of this week.

Maryland State Highway Administration officials say crews closed two lanes Tuesday "due to extremely poor driving conditions and the need for emergency pavement repairs." Crews are expected to complete work on northbound Connecticut Avenue late Thursday. They will then work on southbound Connecticut Avenue Thursday night or early Friday morning, say SHA officials.

Officials say all six lanes are expected to be paved by Saturday night.

Drivers are urged to consider alternate routes.

Officials explained the need to close the lanes and complete this resurfacing in more detail in a statement on Wednesday:

"Approximately two weeks ago, as part of the overall $2.5 million safety and resurfacing project between MD 410 and the DC line, crews milled off the top two inches of asphalt in preparation for final resurfacing. Crews found the road base pavement to be in an advanced state of deterioration, meaning the asphalt originally planned to be used could not be applied as a stronger, more fibrous mix was needed to offset the deterioration.

In order to complete paving and due to the deteriorated condition of the road that made the driving conditions very poor, SHA's contractor determined closing two-lanes until the paving work could be completed was the only safe option. The travel lanes in this section of MD 185 are narrow and one lane is not sufficient enough space to perform the work."

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