Phase 2 of roadway construction along H Street/Benning Road started in December 2012. About 80 percent of the work to make H/Benning streetcar-ready was completed during Phase 1 in 2011, during the Great Streets roadway reconstruction project. This phase will make the H/Benning corridor ready for the arrival of streetcars.
The DC Streetcar Team is hard at work along H Street and Benning Road on the last leg of streetcar construction. This fall the Team is performing final design and construction for:
- Streetcar turnarounds
- Car Barn Training Center (CBTC)
- Installation of poles and overhead wires
- Track installation for turnarounds/pocket tracks
- Final roadwork for turnarounds
As you know if you’ve been to the H/Benning corridor lately, the concentration of construction means the area is quite congested. Starting in September, new electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) along the corridor will urge motorists to use alternate routes due to DC Streetcar construction. You can always find the latest construction notices about the project here.
Construction Impact Areas
There are currently four construction “hot spots” along H/Benning, which we call Construction Impact Areas.
Hopscotch Bridge – 3rd/H Streets NE
This Impact Area features the construction for the Western Turnaround and Western Destination. The intersection of 3rd/H will re-open for pedestrians in mid-November and re-open for cars in mid-December. There will be minimal impacts to the intersection in January during safety testing, but the bulk of construction will be done in December.
Midline Substation – 12th/H Streets NE
In May 2013, the Commission of Fine Arts approved the design (as seen above) for the Midline Station at the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets NE. The substation will be adjacent to Khan’s Bar & Grill. Khan’s restaurant and patio will remain open for business throughout construction. The substation was installed in mid-October and construction on the brick enclosure will last through December.
Pocket Tracks – 21st-24th Streets/Benning Road NE
The pocket tracks will eventually allow streetcars to enter and exit the Car Barn Training Center. Major construction will continue through November.
Track Switches – 26th Street/Benning Road NE
Streetcar track switches are being installed on westbound Benning Road. To facilitate this work, 26th Street was closed in late August. The road is scheduled to re-open in late November.
Overhead Catenary System (OCS)
The OCS poles will eventually hold wires that will power the streetcars. The first poles were erected in mid-September; installation will continue throughout the corridor and wrap up by November. Stringing wire from the OCS poles will begin in November. In order to complete installation of the wires, DDOT has an After-Hours permit that allows work from 7 pm – 7 am. Night work will be quiet work and will use minimal lighting.
Want to know what track bonding entails or what OCS means? How utility relocations will impact traffic? See Elements of Phase 2 Construction for more information.
To understand how construction is impacting the H/Benning corridor this week, check the latest construction notice. You can also sign up to receive H/Benning construction updates in your inbox as they’re published. As always, construction questions or concerns can be addressed to email@example.com or our 24/7 construction hotline, (202) 210-3700.