Construction Notices

August

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Temporary Lane Closures on Benning Road NE for Track Drain Work

Beginning Thursday, August 7th, at 7:00am, there will be temporary single lane closures to allow for track drain work going westbound on Benning Road NE. Work will take place near the intersections of 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st Streets NE. All work is contingent upon weather.

Expect track drain work at these intersections to be completed by Sunday, August 10th.

Parking restrictions will be in place in the curb lanes near the work zones in order to maintain two lanes of traffic. All parking restrictions will be lifted upon completion. Loading zone areas will not be impacted.

Metrobus will maintain regular bus routes and stops along the corridor. There will be no sidewalk closures during the temporary lane closures.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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July

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Traffic Delays: Intersection Work at 12th and H Street Monday

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the DC Streetcar team will mill, overlay and restripe the roadway at the intersection of 12th and H Street NE, and on 12th Street NE between H and Linden Place NE; weather permitting. The work will take place from 7:00am-3:30pm; expect delays.

Flaggers will be on site to guide motorists traveling southbound and northbound on 12th Street NE through the work zone.

“No Parking” signs will be posted near the intersection on H Street NE and along the work zone on 12th Street NE. There will be no impacts to the WMATA bus stop in the eastbound 1200 block of H Street NE. Minor impacts to pedestrian movements are expected.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Traffic Delays: Intersection Work at the Starburst Beginning Next Week

Beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, from 7:00am to 3:30pm, the DC Streetcar team will mill, overlay and restripe the roadway at the Starburst intersection – where H Street NE meets Bladensburg Road, 15th Street, Benning Road, Maryland Avenue and Florida Avenue – in order to clearly delineate streetcar lanes, pedestrian crosswalks and traffic lanes.

There will be changes to the lane configuration in both the east bound and westbound directions on the near sides of the intersections along H Street NE and Benning Road NE.

Please adhere to any change in traffic pattern signs, direction from flaggers and emergency “No Parking” signs.
We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions.

Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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June

Friday, June 27, 2014

Temporary Left Turn Restrictions on Benning Road NE at 16th Beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, June 30, 2014, there will be left-turn restrictions going eastbound on Benning Road NE at 16th Street NE to allow for the widening of existing turn lanes adjacent to the streetcar track slab.

Motorists traveling northbound on 16th Street NE can proceed straight into the Hechinger Mall parking lot and make right-turn movements onto eastbound Benning Road NE. Motorists traveling eastbound on Benning Road NE are prohibited from turning left turn into Hechinger Mall for the duration of the closure.

Pedestrians and Metrobus patrons are advised to utilize the crosswalk on the east side of 16th Street NE to access the north side of Benning Road NE.

Temporary turn-restrictions will last approximately three weeks; contingent upon weather.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saturday: Temporary Westbound Lane Shift at Pocket Tracks

On Saturday, June 28, 2014 between 7:00 am and 4:00 am, westbound traffic on Benning Road NE between 21st Street NE and 26th Street NE will be shifted to the eastbound side of the roadway to allow for the installation and testing of train control cable to the new track switches in the westbound lanes and eastbound median lane.

Motorists traveling westbound on Benning Road NE will be directed to the eastbound side of the road at the 26th Street NE intersection. At the 21st Street intersection, vehicles reach will be directed back to the westbound side of Benning Road NE. All eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane of through traffic west of 21st Street NE and will return to the current configuration past the 26th Street intersection.  Flaggers will be stationed at 21st Street NE and 26th Street NE to guide motorists through the shift.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions and will be separated by traffic barrels.  Emergency “No Parking” signs will be installedalong eastbound Benning Road between 21st Street NE and 26th Street NE.

Restricted Turning Movements:

  • Left turns onto southbound 23rd Place NE from Benning Road NE
  • Left turns from northbound 24th Street NE onto westbound Benning Road NE
  • Left turns from northbound 25th Place NE onto westbound Benning Road NE
  • Left turns from westbound Benning Road NE onto southbound 25th Place NE

The westbound Metrobus stop at 21st Street NE for X1, X2 and X3 will be closed during this shift and will reopen at 4:00pm. Patrons are advised to use an alternate stop along the route during the closure. The eastbound X2 Metrobus stop at 21st Street NE will not be impacted by the shift.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Upcoming Vehicle Movements

Beginning Wednesday, June 4, the two streetcar vehicles currently undergoing testing on the H/Benning corridor will be moved to the Testing & Commissioning Site, where they will remain until mid-July.

  • Why are the vehicles being moved? It’s time for routine maintenance, which must be conducted at the Testing & Commissioning Site.
  • Will anything else occur at the Testing & Commissioning Site? In addition to routine maintenance on the two vehicles that have been testing on H/Benning, the entire streetcar fleet will undergo final installation of radios, cameras, and NextBus equipment. Exterior branding will also occur. These activities must be completed at the Testing & Commissioning Site.
  • How long will the vehicles be there? The vehicles will remain at the Testing & Commissioning Site for approximately six weeks, until H/Benning is ready to reconvene its final System Integration Tests, which is the final step prior to beginning operator training. System Integration Tests are scheduled for this summer. Until that time, there will be no streetcar vehicles on H/Benning.
  • Will these activities delay testing? No. All major construction acceptance tests along H/Benning have been completed. The streetcars are not needed until System Integration Testing reconvenes.
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March

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Intermittent Lane Closures Next Week Along H/Benning for Milling, Striping and Pavement Repair

Beginning Monday, March 31, 2014 there will be lane closures at three intersections along the H/Benning corridor to mill the roadway, lay new asphalt and to stripe intersections. Be advised that the temporary eastbound and westbound lane closures will take place at the following locations:

  • Western Turnaround: 3rd Street NE at H Street NE
  • Midline: 12th Street NE at H Street NE (eastbound lane only)
  • Eastern Pocket Track: 24th Street NE at Benning Road NE

Additionally, pavement repairs will be completed in the 400, 600, 900, 1100 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE in areas that were previously cross-bonded and covered with steel plates. Temporary patches will be replaced with permanent asphalt.

Please allow up to four days per intersection for all construction activities to be completed. All construction activities are contingent upon weather. There will be no additional sidewalk closures during striping. Traffic patterns will be maintained in all directions.

Metrobus will maintain their regular bus routes and stops.
We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Upcoming Streetcar Movements Further Testing Effort

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes Tuesday and Wednesday

Significant streetcar vehicle movements this week may cause congestion along H Street NE and Benning Road NE, and also near the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street.

On Tuesday, March 11th, the DC Streetcar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Team will switch out the current streetcar vehicle parked on H Street NE for another one. First, a second Inekon streetcar vehicle will be delivered to the H/Benning corridor to begin its System Integration Testing. Then, the streetcar vehicle that has been undergoing testing on the H/Benning corridor since December will be transported back to the Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street SE to receive scheduled maintenance.

On Wednesday, March 12th, one of the District’s United Streetcar vehicles, manufactured by U.S.-based Oregon Iron Works (OIW), will be transported from the Testing and Commissioning Site to the H/Benning corridor. By the end of the day Wednesday, two streetcar vehicles will be undergoing System Integration Testing on the corridor.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible on Tuesday or Wednesday, as added congestion is expected on South Capitol Street SE, Firth Sterling Avenue SE, Howard Road SE, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, Minnesota Avenue SE and NE, as well as H Street NE, Benning Road NE and Oklahoma Avenue NE.

Metrobus will maintain their regular bus routes this week, but riders traveling eastbound and westbound on the H/Benning corridor or along any of the above-mentioned streets may experience delays.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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February

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Intersection of 3rd Street NE and H Street NE Will Reopen to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the intersection of 3rd Street NE and H Street NE will reopen to pedestrian and vehicular traffic; weather permitting. All pre-existing 3rd Street NE detours and turn restrictions will be lifted and all lanes in both directions will be open.

All turning movements allowed before the closure of 3rd Street NE will be restored.

Crosswalks at 3rd Street NE and H Street NE will be reopened and pedestrians will be able to cross in all directions. A temporary crosswalk is still in place at the top of the Hopscotch Bridge for pedestrian access to Union Station. Pedestrians are advised that the south sidewalk on Hopscotch Bridge adjacent to the Plaza Place development is currently closed due to construction unrelated to the DC Streetcar project.

Traffic signals will be restored to normal patterns and the flashing yellow signals turned off. Once the streetcar is fully operational, a dedicated streetcar signal will control streetcar traffic through the intersection. All traffic should continue following the traffic signals at all times.

The westbound X2 bus stop that was moved from 3rd Street to 4th Street will remain until further notice.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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January

Friday, January 10, 2014

Intersection of 26th Street NE and Benning Road NE Will Reopen on Monday

On Monday, January 13th at 10:30 am, the intersection of 26th Street NE and Benning Road NE will be reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Through access from Benning Road NE to Langston Golf Course, the Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering High School, and the Browne Education Campus will be maintained.

Motorists will now be able to turn right onto 26th Street NE from Benning Road NE, heading north. Traffic heading south on 26th Street NE will now be able to make a left turn onto Benning Road NE heading east, as well as a right turn onto Benning Road NE heading west.

The flashing, yellow traffic signals, for eastbound and westbound Benning Road NE, will return to a standard signalization pattern. The variable message board on Benning Road NE that directs Langston Golf Course patrons to use the driving-range lot for shuttle service will be removed.

Oklahoma Avenue Metrobus stop will remain in place of the old 26th Street Metrobus stop on the westbound side of the street.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Roadway Closures on H Street between N. Captiol and 4th Streets for OCS Modification

On Saturday, January 4th from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, eastbound traffic on H Street NE between N. Capitol Street NE and 4th Street NE will be closed for the modification of OCS infrastructure at the Western Turnaround.

Local traffic will be permitted access to and from the Union Station garage and Kaiser Permanente loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the garage, and to control traffic at 4th Street NE and N. Capitol Street NE.

Detours:
All eastbound H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn left on N. Capitol Street NE going north;
  • right on K Street NE going east;
  • right on 4th Street NE going south;
  • left on H Street NE going east.

 

WMATA bus service for the D8 route headed northbound to Washington Hospital Center at the H Street NE & 3rd Street NE, and 6th Street NE & H Street NE stops will be temporarily suspended.  D8 commuters should use the stop on K Street NE & 6th Street NE.  Eastbound X2 service towards Minnesota Avenue will be temporarily suspended at the H Street NE & 3rd Street NE stop.  X2 commuters are encouraged to utilize the bus stop on H Street NE & 6th Street NE for eastbound service.

Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A Variable Message Sign (VMS) will be stationed east of the Starburst (15th Street NE and Benning Road NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE, to the detour route on K Street NE.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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December

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Closure on H Street NE between N. Capitol and 4th Streets NE

Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, eastbound traffic on H Street NE between N. CapitolStreet NE and 4th Street NE will be closed for completion of the permanent traffic barrier at the Western Turnaround.

Local traffic will be permitted access to and from the Union Station garage and Kaiser Permanente loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the garage, and to control traffic at 4th Street NE and N. Capitol Street NE.

Detours:

All eastbound H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn left on N. Capitol Street NE going north;
  • right on K Street NE going east;
  • right on 4th Street NE going south;
  • left on H Street NE going east.

 

WMATA bus service for the D8 route headed northbound to Washington Hospital Center at the H Street NE and 3rd Street NE, and H Street NE and 6th Street NE stops will be temporarily suspended.  D8 commuters should use the stop on K Street NE and 6th Street NE.  Eastbound X2 service towards Minnesota Avenue will be temporarily suspended at the H Street NE and 3rd Street NE stop.  X2 commuters are encouraged to utilize the bus stop on H Street NE at 6th Street NE for eastbound service.  Pick-up and drop-off points for the X9 rush-hour service will not be impacted by the detour.

Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst (15th Street NE and Benning Road NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE, to the detour route on K Street NE.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Effective Monday, December 16th Existing Loading Zones on H Street NE will be Moved to Side Streets

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is rolling out changes to loading zones along the H/Benning corridor that coincide with the arrival of DC Streetcar to the District. Starting Monday, December 16, 2013, loading zones along the H/Benning will be moved to side-streets.

In the two years of planning for the delivery of DC Streetcar, DDOT took into account the approved DDOT DC Streetcar Design Plan, business and residential stakeholder feedback, delivery schedules (times/locations), and streetcar hours of streetcar operation.

Newly posted signage identifies loading zone locations that have been shifted from H Street NE to portions of side streets between 4th Street to 14th NE Street. Truck and bus travel rules on restricted side streets remain intact for through traffic. A clear path for streetcar needs to be maintained at all times, therefore, double-parking of any vehicle is prohibited and strictly enforced. Impeding the operation of streetcar will result in vehicles being ticketed and towed.

Delivery trucks are required to take the quickest path using designated truck routes to access the loading zones within the corridor. Here is a map of the new loading zones and truck routes.

Loading zone changes are taking place citywide in preparation for the significant increase of freight to the District.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Roadway Closures on H Street between N. Capitol and 5th Streets for OCS Installation

Starting Wednesday, December 4, 2013 through Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, eastbound and westbound traffic on H Street NE between N. CapitolStreet NE and 5th Street NE will be closed intermittently for the installation of overhead catenary system (OCS) and to complete the permanent traffic barrier at the Western Turnaround.

To mitigate traffic impacts, crews will attempt to maintain one direction of traffic; however, there will be occasional simultaneous eastbound and westbound closures.  With the exception of a two-day period for the installation of contact wire (1/2 day closure in each direction), crews will attempt to limit the closures to one direction per day.

For any combination of closures, local traffic will be permitted access to/from the Union Station garage and Kaiser loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the garage, and to control traffic at H Street NE and North Capitol Street NE.

Detours:

All eastbound H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn left on N. Capitol Street NE going north;
  • right on K Street NE going east;
  • right on 5th Street NE going south;
  • left on H Street NE going east.

All westbound H Street traffic, east of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn right on 5th Street NE going north;
  • left on K Street NE going west;
  • left on N. Capitol Street NE going south;
  • right on H Street NE going west.

During the westbound closures, traffic on southbound 4th Street NE attempting to go west on H Street NE, will:

  • turn left on H Street NE going east;
  • left on 5th Street NE going north;
  • turn right on K Street NE and follow the detour signs back to H Street NE.

Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. The WMATA stop located at 4th Street NE and H Street NE will remain in service. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst (15th Street NE and Benning Road NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE, to the detour route on K Street NE.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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November

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rolling Closures on H Street NE between 3rd and 14th for Installation of Head Span Wire

DDOT is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the DC Streetcar construction team will begin installing head span wire along the corridor. Well into the final stage of construction along H/Benning, the hanging of head spans mark a milestone in the timeline for delivering streetcars to the H/Benning corridor in December to begin their official in-traffic safety testing process.

Motorists should be aware that rolling closures up and down H Street NE will facilitate this installation. At approximately 7:00 am on Wednesday, the construction team will begin installing each section of head span wire from the south side of H Street NE to the north side, between 3rd Street NE and 14th Street NE. Each closure will take approximately 2-3 minutes, and stop traffic going eastbound and westbound, as the construction team moves along the corridor hanging wire.

The thin, stainless-steel wire supports the contact wires that will power the streetcars. Once the head span wire has been installed and safe connections are made to Overhead Catenary System (OCS) hardware and poles, all lanes will be reopened. Contact wire will be strung in the next phase of work and an additional notice will be sent out at that time.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the installation of head span wire. DDOT and WMATA are working together to make certain their level of service is maintained along the corridor.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brief Closure of 12th St NE between G and H for Water Test

On Friday, November 8, 2013, beginning at 7:00 am, 12th Street NE, between H Street and G Street will be closed to traffic for a few hours as the Design-Build Team conducts a water leakage test of the Traction Power Substation (TPSS). Ensuring that the TPSS is airtight is an essential milestone leading up to the opening the H/Benning line.

Local traffic will be permitted access between Linden Place and G Street. The closure will also include the alley behind AutoZone extending from 12th to 13th Street. Traffic moving south on 12th Street should proceed east on I Street, and then southward on 13th Street. Vehicles traveling north bound on 12th Street will be diverted to the west on G Street and then north on 11th Street.

Pedestrian intersection movements will not be affected by this closure. A portion of the sidewalk on the west side of 12th street will be closed to pedestrians from directly in front of the TPSS, extending to the residences located south of Khan’s restaurant. Additionally, the fence will be moved and adjusted, as necessary to perform the test. The sidewalk and outdoor patio area adjacent to Khan’s Grill shall remain open at all times.

Please adhere to any Emergency No Parking signs that appear on the south side of H Street, closest to 12th Street and on 12th Street between G and H.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at construction@dcstreetcar.com or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Rolling Lane Closures Begin on H Street between 4th and 10th for OCS Installation

On Monday, November 4 at approximately 7:00 am, traffic on H Street between 4th Street NE and 10th Street NE will begin experiencing rolling curb lane closures to allow for installation of the overhead catenary system (OCS) hardware. This hardware installation is in advance of OCS wire installation. The OCS transmits power from the traction power substations to the streetcar.

As the DC Streetcar construction team moves into the final stage of construction along H/Benning before streetcar delivery, the Design-Build Team will be installing the OCS hardware on the north side of H Street NE, beginning at 4th Street NE and heading eastbound to 10th Street NE. Work will alternate between the north and south sides of H Street. Motorists are advised to please adhere to the “No Parking Signs” along the corridor, as parking and traffic violations (such as double-parking) will be strictly enforced. The installation will take place over a couple of weeks, with each block’s parking restrictions being released upon completion.

Loading zone areas will be impacted when work is occurring in a particular block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to the parking restrictions wherever “No Parking Signs” appear between 4th and 10th Streets NE. Entrances to businesses and driveway access will be maintained.

Pedestrians and persons with disabilities will have complete access to the corridor and will not be affected by this work. DDOT and WMATA are working together to make certain their level of service is maintained along the corridor.

The construction team will make every effort to mitigate impacts to parking during this work. The continued support and patience of the community is essential in order to meet this aggressive completion schedule. We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at construction@dcstreetcar.com or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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October

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Traffic Switch to Take Effect at H/3rd Streets NE

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at approximately 5:00 pm, traffic on H/Benning between 4th Street NE and the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) entrance on Hopscotch Bridge will shift to tie in the Western Destination and Western Turnaround track work, install the tuck track and complete the permanent traffic barrier.

As the DC Streetcar construction team moves into the final stage of construction along H/Benning before streetcar delivery, traffic will shift from the north side of H Street NE to the south side, and westbound traffic will detour on 5th Street NE.

Eastbound and westbound traffic will split at the approach of the Hopscotch Bridge and travel along the curb lanes. The work zone – just east of 3rd St to west of the platform on Hopscotch Bridge – will be in the middle lanes and temporary barriers will be installed to protect the work zone. Traffic will continue to flow one lane in each direction throughout the shift.

Crosswalks at 3rd Street NE and H Street NE will be closed, and pedestrians will use the south crosswalk located between N. Capitol Street NE and 3rd Street NE near the first entrance to the Union Station garage.  Pedestrians may still at cross at the intersection of H Street NE and 4th Street NE in the north/south direction.

All current 3rd Street NE detours and turn restrictions will remain in effect.  Traffic signals will continue to flash yellow and lane-control devices will restrict any turn movements at the 3rd Street NE intersection.

Effective Monday, November 4th, the eastbound bus stop for D8, X1, and X2, will be moved back to the west side of 3rd Street.  The westbound stop remains at 4th Street, on the portable base until further notice.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at construction@dcstreetcar.com or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cross-Bond Track Repairs on the 1600 and 1700 Blocks of H Street NE

Beginning today, Thursday, October 24th, the eastbound and westbound median lanes on Benning Road NE will be closed between 16th Street NE and 17th Street NE. The lane closures are to repair small sections of the track slab, which were demolished in order to install the cross bonds. The closures will reduce the number of lanes on Benning Road NE from three to two in each direction.

Detours:

16th Street NE:

  • Eastbound Benning Road NE – Left thru lane will remain closed over night to allow for concrete to cure. Left turn lane will open into shopping center once the pour is complete.
  • Westbound Benning Road NE – Left thru lane will remain closed over night to allow for concrete to cure. Left turn lane onto 16th Street NE will open once the pour is complete. Westbound Benning Road traffic seeking to make a left onto southbound 16th Street should instead make a right onto Bladensburg Road, right onto Maryland Avenue, right onto 17th Street and a right onto Rosedale Street, giving them access to 16th Street.
  • Southbound 16th Street NE – Left turns and straight thru crossing movements will be allowed from 16th Street NE and the shopping center once the pour is complete. Southbound 16th Street traffic, exiting the mall parking lot and seeking to make a left onto eastbound Benning Road should instead exit the lot onto 17th Street, closest to Ross.
  • Northbound 16th Street NE – traffic seeking make a left onto westbound Benning Road should instead make a right on Benning then a U-turn onto 17th Street, NE.

17th Street NE:

  • Eastbound Benning Road NE – Left thru lane will remain closed over night to allow for concrete to cure. Left turn lane onto 17th Street NE will open once the pour is complete. During the pour, eastbound vehicles can make a U-Turn at 18th Street NE onto westbound Benning Road, and then make a right onto northbound 17th Street NE.
  • Westbound Benning Road NE – Left thru lane will remain closed over night to allow for concrete to cure. Left turn lane onto 17th Street NE will open once the pour is complete.  Westbound Benning Road traffic seeking to make a left onto 17th Street should instead make a right on 18th Street, left onto H street, and a left on 17th Street to proceed southward through intersection.
  • Southbound 17th Street NE – Left turns and straight thru crossing movements will be allowed from southbound 17th Street NE until concrete pour begins, and will open once the pour is complete.  During the pour, vehicles will turn right onto westbound Benning Road and make a U-Turn at 16th Street NE, then make a right onto 17th Street NE, or continue eastbound onto Benning Road.

All lanes will be reopened on Saturday, October 26th once the concrete cures.

Advance warning signs and detour signs will be placed throughout the impact area to alert motorists of any upcoming traffic changes.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Traffic Shift on Benning Road NE Saturday, October 12th to Complete Work at the Pocket Tracks

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the DC Streetcar Team will shift traffic going westbound on Benning Road NE to install Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations and poles, PEPCO power poles, storm drain utilities, and the lead track into the Car Barn Training Center (CBTC) at the pocket tracks; weather permitting.

Westbound traffic will shift from the far right lane to the far left lane between 21st Street NE and 25th Street NE.  Traffic will continue to flow one lane in each direction throughout the shift.

Sidewalks on the north side of Benning Road NE will be closed between 21st Street NE and 26th Street NE.  Detour signs will direct pedestrians to the south side of the Benning Road NE in the work zone.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution as they travel through or near this work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Traffic Restrictions on 12th Street NE to Accommodate TPSS Installation

Update: Due to inclement weather (rain and wind) on Thursday, October 10, the delivery of the TPSS has been moved to Friday, October 11. We currently plan to install the substation on Saturday, October 12. Weather reports currently show a chance of inclement weather on Saturday as well. We will continue to update this space as plans are updated.

On Thursday, October 10th  and Friday, October 11th, traffic will be restricted on 12th Street NE between G and H Streets to accommodate installation of the Midline Traction Power Substation (TPSS) at the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets.

The 700 block (between G and H Streets) of 12th Street will be closed to traffic and parking beginning midday Thursday, and continuing through the work day on Friday.

The TPSS is a prefabricated structure measuring 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. It will be delivered in two sections on “wide load” flatbed trailers and unloaded by a large crane. The sections will be delivered on Thursday and stored overnight on 12th Street, south of H Street. The units will then be unloaded and set in place on Friday. The traffic and parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as the TPSS installation is complete on Friday.

During the street closure, traffic barrels and portable barricades will be installed at the H Street, G Street, and Linden Place intersections with 12th Street, and also at the 12th Street end of the alley behind AutoZone. Advance warning signs will be erected at the intersection of 13th Street and Linden Place, and at the 13th Street alley entrance to alert motorists about the closure.

Detour signs will installed to direct the traveling public around the work zone as follows:

  • Southbound 12th Street traffic will be detoured east on I Street, then south on 13th Street. Those who wish to return to southbound 12th Street may continue south on 13th Street to G Street, then turn west on G Street, then south on 12th Street.
  • Northbound 12th Street traffic will be detoured to the west on G Street, then north on 11th Street to H Street. Those who wish to return to northbound 12th Street may continue on H Street to 12th, and turn north on 12th Street.

Access for emergency vehicles, MetroAccess and similar services for the disabled will be maintained. Pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections will remain open.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Track Slab & Roadway Restoration from Cross-Bonding Begins This Week

The DC Streetcar construction team has scheduled track slab and roadway restoration to begin Tuesday, October 8th at the four H Street locations where cross-bond work was carried out during the summer. The locations are:

  • 400 block of H Street, near 4th Street,
  • 600 block of H Street, mid-block,
  • 900 block of H Street, mid-block, and
  • 1300 block of H Street, near 14th Street.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 8th and 9th, the construction team will repair the roadway between the tracks. To accommodate the work, eastbound and westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane, in the curb lane, and parking will be prohibited in the affected blocks. The eastbound restrictions will be in place from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm each day; the westbound restrictions will be in place from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Advance warning signs will be in place. In both cases, the work areas will be covered with steel plates and the lanes will be re-opened to normal traffic and parking at the conclusion of each work day.

On Thursday, the affected blocks will remain open to normal traffic and parking while the work areas remain covered with steel plates.

On Friday, October 11th, the traffic restrictions will again apply as the construction crews place asphalt. Normal traffic and parking will be restored at the end of the work day and will continue throughout the weekend.

On Monday, October 14th through Wednesday, October 16th, restrictions will again be in place as construction crews pour the concrete for the final roadway surface of the streetcar track-slab areas in the right eastbound and westbound travel lanes of the affected blocks. After the concrete pour, the one-lane-only and no-parking restrictions must remain in place for 48 hours to allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure and develop sufficient strength to support traffic.

The restoration work is the final stage of cross-bonding. This process, which began in June, required excavating a portion of the roadway and track slabs between the eastbound and westbound tracks in order to install an electrical bond between the eastbound and westbound tracks. The electrical bond is essential for the streetcar traction power system.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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September

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Traction Power Substation Installation Scheduled for 2nd/H Streets NE

Two-Block Section of 2nd Street NE Closed to Traffic on September 28, 2013

The DC Streetcar construction team plans to install a traction power substation (TPSS) inside the enclosure under the Hopscotch Bridge at 2nd Street NE on Saturday, September 28th.
The TPSS installation represents noteworthy progress toward completing the H Street/Benning Road segments of the DC Streetcar system. The 2nd Street TPSS is the first of three substations to be installed; the others are at sites on the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets, and at the Car Barn Training Center along Benning Road NE north of 24th Street. The substations provide electrical power to the streetcars through the Overhead Catenary System (OCS).

The 2nd Street installation requires closing a two-block section of 2nd Street – between G Street and I Street – to vehicular traffic on Saturday, September 28th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Local traffic will be permitted and access to the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center and to the parking garages under the Hopscotch Bridge will be maintained. Pedestrian access along 2nd Street will be maintained; however, there will be two 15-minute periods of interrupted foot and vehicular traffic as the TPSS is unloaded and positioned inside the enclosure.

The substation is a prefabricated structure measuring 36 feet long and 20 feet wide. It will be delivered in two sections on flatbed trailers and unloaded by a large crane.

During the street closure, southbound 2nd Street traffic at I Street will be diverted east on I Street, then south on 4th Street, then west on G Street to return to 2nd Street. South of the work zone, northbound 2nd Street traffic will be diverted east on F Street, then north on 5th Street, then west on K Street to return to 2nd Street.

2nd St TPSS Detour Map

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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August

Thursday, August 29, 2013

26th Street NE between Benning Road and Spingarn High School Closed for Two Months

Closure Begins Friday, September 6th

The DC Streetcar construction team will close 26th Street NE from Benning Road north to the construction entrance located just south of the now-closed Spingarn High School on Friday, September 6th, for approximately two months. This is to allow the contractor to install two streetcar track switches in the westbound lanes of Benning Road on either side of 26th Street.

In advance of the closure, variable message boards will be placed near 26th Street and Benning Road to notify the public. Due to the closure, motorists will be unable to turn north on 26th Street from Benning Road to reach Langston Golf Course, the Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering High School, or the Browne Education Campus. Southbound 26th Street traffic between the construction entrance and Benning Road will be entirely blocked.

Westbound Benning Road traffic will be reduced to one lane from the Metrorail Overpass to 21st Street. Eastbound Benning Road traffic will be one lane from 21st Street to 26th Street, at which point two-lane traffic will be restored.

The construction team has worked closely with the principals of Phelps High and Browne Education Campus, DC Public Schools transportation officials, Metrobus officials, and the Langston Golf Course manager to develop the following detour plans:

 

To reach Phelps High and Browne Education Campus: Benning Road motorists may turn north on 17th Street, east (right) on Maryland Avenue, south (right) on 22nd Street which becomes I Street. Follow I Street for one block, then turn south (right) on 26th Street. Follow 26th to the Browne Education Campus. From 26th, turn west (right) on H Street (not marked), and follow H Street to the Phelps ACE High School entrance. (See map.)

MOTORISTS: PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR STUDENTS CROSSING I STREET FROM 7:45-8:30 AM & 3:15-3:35 PM.

 

School-related Metrobus changes: Phelps and Browne schools are served by four daily Metrobus trips — one in the morning, and three in the afternoon.

  • The morning S41 (Rhode Island Avenue Station-Phelps HS) will drop off students on Benning Road, eastbound, at Oklahoma Avenue near the gas station.  It will skip the stops on Maryland Avenue.
  • The afternoon S41 (Phelps HS- Rhode Island Avenue Station) will pick up students on Benning Road, westbound, at 26th Street near the golf course.
  • The afternoon X2 school trip (Phelps HS-Lafayette Square) will pick up students on Benning Road, westbound, at 26th Street near the golf course.
  • The afternoon X2 school trip (Phelps HS-Minnesota Avenue Station) will pick up students on Benning Road, eastbound, at Oklahoma Avenue near the gas station.

 

To reach the Langston Golf Course – Benning Road motorists have two options:

  • Turn north from Benning Road into the golf course driving-range entrance which is just east of the Metrorail Overpass. Golf course management will provide shuttle-bus service from the driving-range parking lot to the Clubhouse at 26th Street.
  • Turn north from Benning Road onto 17th Street, turn east onto Maryland Avenue, then south on 22nd Street which becomes I Street. Follow I Street for one block, then turn south on 26th Street, and proceed to the golf course entrance.

 

Pedestrians may cross Benning Road at Oklahoma Avenue, but may not cross Benning at 26th Street. Pedestrians may walk north from Benning along 26th Street to reach Phelps High School, the Browne Education Campus, and the Langston Golf Course.

26th Street NE Closure and Detour 8-29-13-01

 

DDOT encourages all motorists to Stay Alert and follow all signs as they travel through this corridor.

Detailed construction related notices are available by request. Please send an email to [email protected] and indicate you wish to receive H/Benning updates.

Thank you for your patience! For more information about the DC Streetcar, please visit www.dcstreetcar.com.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Upcoming Road Closure at 12th/H Streets NE

Update: This work has been delayed and will now begin Thursday, August 29. As a result, the closure may extend slightly past September 6.

12th Street NE Between H Street and G Street to be Closed to Through Traffic During Daytime Work Hours Tuesday, Aug 27th through Friday, Sep 6th

The DC Streetcar construction team will close 12th Street NE from H Street to G Street to through traffic between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 27th through Friday, September 6th, except on Sundays and the Labor Day holiday.

The street closure is necessary to accommodate:

  • The contractors constructing the streetcar system’s traction power substation on the southwest corner of 12th and H Street,
  • A Washington Gas construction crew scheduled to start work August 27th on relocating a gas service line adjacent to the substation, and
  • A PEPCO contractor installing conduit along 12th Street between H Street and G Street to upgrade electrical service in the area – this work is unrelated to the streetcar project.

Traffic barrels and portable barricades will be installed at the H Street, G Street, and Linden Place intersections with 12th Street, and also at the 12th Street end of the alley running south of the 1200 block of H Street. Advance warning signs will be erected at the intersection of 13th Street and Linden Place, and at the 13th Street end of the alley to alert motorists about the 12th Street closure.

The contractor will place the traffic barrels and barricades in a manner that allows local travelers to drive and park on 12th Street between Linden Place and G Street. Westbound Linden Place traffic will be allowed to turn left on 12th Street to reach G Street.

MetroAccess services will be maintained on 12th Street between G Street and Linden Place. Pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections will remain open.

With the exception of emergency vehicles, all traffic will be prohibited on 12th St between Linden Place and H Street. Southbound 12th Street traffic will be diverted east on I Street, then south on 13th Street. Northbound 12th Street traffic will be diverted to the west on G Street and then north on 11th Street. Detour signage will be placed at applicable locations.

All  restrictions will be lifted between the hours of 7:00 pm and 9:00 am,  Monday through Saturday.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to [email protected] Thank you for your patience!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

DDOT Authorizes Saturday Work to Assure Timely Completion of the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar Line

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has authorized the DC Streetcar construction team to work every Saturday for as long as needed to assure timely completion of the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line.

DDOT has waived the noise restrictions that normally apply from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays.

For the past several months, construction contractors have worked on Saturdays on a case-by-case basis on various elements of the work on H Street and on Benning Road. Most of the previous Saturday work has been carried out behind the jersey barriers around the work zones along H Street from 4th Street to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge and on Benning Road from 21st to 24th Street.

This DDOT directive provides blanket authorization for regular Saturday work, without noise restrictions, anywhere along the H Street/Benning Road streetcar route.

It also authorizes, for the first time, Saturday work on the construction of the Car Barn Training Center (CBTC) on the District-owned property at 26th Street and Benning Road.

We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to [email protected] Thank you for your patience!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Giant Foods Parking Garage Continues to be Accessible via I Street & 3rd Street NE

The DC Streetcar Team wishes to remind H Street NE motorists that the parking garage for the Giant Foods supermarket at 300 H Street NE continues to be accessible via I Street and 3rd Street.

To reach the parking garage, H Street motorists may turn north onto 5th Street, go one block to I Street, turn west onto I Street, proceed to 3rd Street, and turn south onto 3rd Street. The parking garage entrance is on the east side at the mid-point of the 3rd Street block between I Street and H Street.

To accommodate supermarket customers and delivery vehicles during the construction period, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) converted the previously one-way section of I Street – from 3rd Street to 5th Street – to two-way traffic on April 30, 2013. It will continue to be two-way until streetcar construction activities in the area of 3rd and H Streets are complete in late October of this year.

While construction work is underway in this area, motorists are not allowed to turn onto 3rd Street from H Street. No parking or stopping is permitted in the 300 block of H Street.

We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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July

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Traffic Switch to Take Effect July 31st on H Street NE from 4th Street to top of Hopscotch Bridge

Significant Impacts July 31 – Mid-October

Construction work along H Street/Benning Road to ready the corridor for DC Streetcar continues. Stage 2 of the Western Turnaround work is set to begin on Wednesday, July 31 and continue through mid-October. The Western Turnaround refers to the extension of the streetcar tracks from 3rd Street NE to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge. Elements include construction of a streetcar platform where passengers may board or leave the streetcars with access to Union Station and tracks to allow the streetcar to reverse course and proceed eastbound through the corridor.

Most noticeable for motorists traveling in this area will be a shift from using the north side to using the south side of H Street.

Traffic and parking restrictions and changes are as follows:

  • At 4th Street, westbound H Street traffic will be shifted to a single lane on the north side. During Stage 1, westbound traffic used a middle lane from 4th Street to the top of Hopscotch Bridge.
  • On Hopscotch Bridge, eastbound H Street traffic will be shifted to a single lane in the middle of the roadway to 4th Street. During Stage 1, eastbound traffic used the south curb lane to 4th Street.
  • No-Parking restrictions in the 300 and 400 blocks of H Street will continue, just as in Stage 1.
  • No-Turn restrictions at 3rd Street will remain in effect for vehicular traffic.
  • The 3rd Street crosswalk on the north side of H Street will be open to pedestrian traffic.
  • Pedestrian detour signs will be installed for the 3rd Street crosswalk on the south side of H Street and both crosswalks crossing H Street at 3rd Street. Vehicular and pedestrian restrictions at 3rd Street will remain in effect until mid-October.
  • The X1/X2 Metrobus stop on the south side of H Street will be temporarily relocated to the mid-500 block, from its current temporary location near 4th Street. Its original location was just west of 3rd Street.
  • The X1/X2 Metrobus stop on the north side of H Street will remain at its current temporary location just east of 4th Street for the duration of Stage 2.
  • The southbound D8 Metrobus route to Union Station will be rerouted along K Street to North Capitol Street, bypassing the regular stops at 4th & K Streets, 4th & H Streets, and 3rd & H Streets. There will be no change in the northbound D8 route to Washington Hospital Center.

 Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cross-Bonding at 16th Street & Benning Road Begins July 31st

On July 31st, the DC Streetcar construction team will implement traffic restrictions on Benning Road at 16th Street NE to install cross-bonds on the streetcar tracks.

The cross-bonding work will take approximately four weeks. During that period, the following traffic restrictions will be in effect from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays through Saturdays:

  •  Northbound and southbound traffic on 16th Street will be restricted to right-in and right-out turns only. Northbound commuters wishing to turn left onto westbound Benning can head eastbound on Benning Road and make a U-Turn at 17th Street. Commuters who wish to turn left onto eastbound Benning Road at 16th Street may continue east down the mall driveway and turn left onto eastbound Benning Road at 17th Street.
  •  Eastbound and westbound left turn lanes on Benning Road at 16th Street will be closed. Westbound Benning Road commuters can get to 16th Street by turning left onto southbound 17th Street, followed by a right onto westbound Rosendale Street NE; 16th Street will be at the next intersection.  Eastbound Benning Road commuters can access the mall by turning left onto northbound Bladensburg Road, followed by an immediate right onto Maryland Avenue; make a right at Neal Street to enter the mall.The Metrobus stop on the north side of Benning Road just east of 16th Street will remain in service as usual.

During evenings and Sundays, steel plates will cover the work areas, and all restrictions will be lifted.

To install the cross-bonds, the contractor must excavate a four-foot wide section of the roadway and the track slabs between the eastbound and westbound tracks in order to install conduit and electrical cable. This infrastructure provides an electrical bond between the eastbound and westbound tracks, which is essential for efficient operation of the streetcar traction power system.

The construction team is currently installing cross-bonds at three other locations, all on H Street – in the 900, 600, and 1300 blocks – and will soon start on cross-bonds on H Street in the 500 block and at 12th Street.

Pedestrian crossings will be maintained and advance warning signs and traffic barrels will be used to set up lane closures along the work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cross-Bonding of Streetcar Tracks Proceeds to 600 & 1300 Blocks of H Street NE

On Monday, July 29th, the DC Streetcar construction team started work on cross-bonding the streetcar tracks in the 600 block of H Street NE near the 7th Street intersection, and plans to start work within a few days on the cross-bonding in the 1300 block, near the 14th Street intersection.

At each location, the cross-bonding work will take approximately four weeks. Weekday traffic and parking restrictions are required along the work zones.

The construction team will soon complete the first H Street cross-bond – between 9th and 10th Streets. The remaining cross-bonds  are located just east of 4th Street, at 12th Street, and at 16th Street and Benning Road.  Cross-bonds at these locations will be installed later this summer.

To install the cross-bonds, the contractor must excavate a four-foot wide section of the roadway and track slabs between the eastbound and westbound tracks in order to install conduit and electrical cable. This infrastructure provides an electrical bond between the eastbound and westbound tracks, which is essential for efficient operation of the streetcar traction power system.

Throughout the work zones, traffic will be shifted into the curb lanes, where parking will be prohibited from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays through Saturdays.

Pedestrian crossings will be maintained and advance warning signs and traffic barrels will be used to set up lane closures along the work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Midline Substation Installation Begins July 25th at 12th & H Streets NE

On Thursday, July 25th, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to start work on the streetcar system’s Traction Power Substation on 12th Street, just south of the H Street intersection. The majority of preliminary utility work around the proposed substation was completed in April.

The Midline Substation, whose design was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts in May 2013, will be a safe, fully-enclosed, sound-resistant structure that houses equipment to power the streetcars along the middle segment of the H Street/Benning Road line. It is located on the west side of 12th Street, next to the existing building and south of the Khan’s Bar & Grill sidewalk café.

MidlineSubstation-May2013-web

The contractor will work weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and anticipates the work will take approximately two months. This work involves sidewalk demolition, completing the final connections for electric power and utilities, and constructing the substation slab, walls and roof. The electrical equipment will then be delivered, unloaded, and installed on-site.

To help ensure pedestrian safety, access to the H Street and 12th Street sidewalks near the work zone will be blocked and signs will guide pedestrians to alternative walkways. Daytime street parking will be temporarily suspended on 12th Street adjacent to the work zone on weekdays.

Customer and employee access will be fully maintained to Khan’s Bar & Grill on the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets, the sidewalk café along 12th Street, and the 12th Street stairwell entrance to the roof lounge of the Twelve Restaurant. The work zone will be screened to prevent dust from blowing into the restaurant area. The DC Streetcar construction team has worked closely with the owners of both establishments to coordinate the work so as to minimize business disruptions.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Installation of Plates for New OCS Streetlight Poles to Begin July 18th on H Street NE

On Thursday, July 18th, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to begin placing the steel plates that form the base for the 68 new joint-use Overhead Catenary System (OCS) streetlight poles to be installed along H Street NE later this summer.

The work will begin in the 400 and 500 blocks and steadily extend throughout the H Street Corridor from 3rd Street to 15th Street, where the existing 20-foot streetlight poles were removed in May. The OCS foundations are currently covered by orange plastic barrels and plywood sealed with temporary asphalt. At each location, workers will remove these temporary coverings and permanently install a three-foot-round, three-inch-thick steel plate. Workers will use boom trucks to lower the plates into place. It is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete the plate installation throughout the H Street Corridor.

The new 30-foot OCS streetlight poles, taller and sturdier than the poles that were removed, are designed to support electrical components feeding power to the streetcars. The existing poles will be used elsewhere in the city. The teardrop light fixtures and H Street banners will be reinstalled on the new poles.

Brief Work-Crew Use of Curb Lane/Traffic Lane Space

During each plate installation, construction vehicles and workers will occupy the parking lane and right traffic lane adjacent to the work location. Advance warning signs will be in place to inform the public about temporary traffic lane restrictions. Pedestrian-safety signage will guide the public away from the work zones.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Construction Starts at Car Barn Training Center Site

Phase One of Two Begins This Week

 

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will start work at the new Car Barn Training Center (CBTC) site, located at the corner of 26th Street and Benning Road NE, this week. The old library kiosk will be demolished as the first piece visible activity. Grading, or leveling of soil, and utility work may also start this week.

The CBTC will be built in two phases. Phase 1 will include the tracks and temporary facilities necessary to support system testing and certification and initial passenger service. Phase 2 construction will begin this fall. This phase will include the actual Car Barn Training Center building, which will include a conference room intended for community use. Construction on the CBTC is expected to conclude in Summer 2014. By phasing CBTC construction in this way, passenger service will not be delayed because of the Car Barn.

We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Eastern Turnaround Track Construction Begins July 11 – Expect Changes in Lane Closures on Benning Road

On Thursday, July 11th, the DC Streetcar construction team will start work on extending the streetcar tracks on Benning Road east from Oklahoma Avenue to provide a turnaround for the streetcars.

Eastern Turnaround

Construction crews will install about 500 feet of new track, extending eastward from the end of the existing tracks just east of Oklahoma Avenue to the Metrorail Overpass. The track installation (and related demolition and utility adjustments) will take approximately three months.

The traffic restrictions that have been in place since early June in this area will be modified to accommodate the track installation. The initial restrictions were required to facilitate installation of Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations, which has been completed.

In the new traffic plan:

  • Eastbound and westbound Benning Road traffic will be reduced to one lane each, in the curb lanes, between Oklahoma Avenue and the Metrorail overpass. Gradual lane reductions will begin in advance of the jersey barriers. The middle and left lanes in each direction will become work zones, protected by jersey barriers.
  • Left turns and U-turns will not be permitted at any point along the work zone.
  • The Benning Road entrance into and out of RFK Stadium’s Lot 6 parking lot will continue to be inaccessible. Vehicular access will be blocked by jersey barriers, rather than the orange traffic barrels used for the past few weeks. Access to Lot 6 will be maintained via Oklahoma Avenue.
  • Eastbound and westbound motorists may continue to turn from Benning Road onto Oklahoma Avenue.
  • Northbound traffic on Oklahoma Avenue may continue to turn from Oklahoma Avenue onto eastbound or westbound Benning Road.
 Advance warning signs and traffic barrels will be used to set up lane closures along the work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Starburst Intersection Work Moves to South Side; New Restrictions Apply for about One Week

On Monday, July 8, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to implement traffic and pedestrian restrictions on the south side of the Starburst intersection of Benning Road and 15th Street.

The restrictions will be in place for approximately one week to facilitate drilling the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations on the southeast corner of the intersection. The OCS foundations are part of the overhead catenary infrastructure required to power the streetcar system.

The construction team completed similar OCS foundation work on the northeast corner of the same intersection on Tuesday, July 2 – several days earlier than anticipated – and has restored the normal traffic and pedestrian patterns and bus stops that were restricted during the north-side work.

The new south-side restrictions are as follows:

Traffic Restrictions

  • Northeast-bound traffic on Maryland Avenue from the middle of the 1400 block through the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane.
  • Northbound traffic on 15th Street from the middle of the 700 block to the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane.
  • Eastbound traffic on H Street east from 14th Street, across the intersection and on Benning Road to the middle of the 1500 block will be restricted, tapering to begin a single-lane restriction at 15th Street.

Pedestrian Restrictions

  • The northbound/southbound Benning Road crosswalk will be closed at the east side of the 15th Street intersection; pedestrians on Benning Road will be directed to cross at the 16th Street crosswalk.

Bus Stop Change

  • The B2 Metrobus stop on the east side of 15th Street south of the Benning Road intersection will be relocated approximately 80 feet south of its current location.

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking will be prohibited on the east side of 15th Street between Benning Road and the alley adjacent to 713 15th Street NE.

 

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Advance warning signs and traffic barrels will be used to set up lane closures along the work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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June

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Starburst Plaza Work Requires Traffic & Pedestrian Restrictions for about One Week

On Monday, July 1st, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to implement traffic restrictions at the Starburst Plaza intersection of Benning Road and Bladensburg Road.

The restrictions will be in place for approximately one week to facilitate drilling the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations on the northeast corner of the intersection. The OCS foundations are part of the overhead catenary infrastructure required to power the streetcar system.

During the work period, an RT (rough terrain) crane, a drill rig, and other heavy equipment will be stationed on site. The work area will be secured by chain link fencing.

Traffic restrictions:

  • Northeast-bound traffic on Maryland Avenue from the middle of the 1400 block through the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane.
  • Northbound traffic on 15th Street from the middle of the 700 block through the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane.
  • Northbound traffic on Bladensburg Road between Benning Road and Maryland Avenue will be restricted to one lane.
  • Westbound traffic on Benning Road between 16th Street (the Hechinger Mall entrance) and the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane.

Pedestrian restrictions:

  • The northbound/southbound Benning Road  crosswalk will be closed at the east side of the Bladensburg Road intersection; pedestrians on Benning Road will be directed to cross at the 16th Street crosswalk.
  • The eastbound/westbound Bladensburg crosswalk on the south side of the Morse Street/Maryland Avenue intersection will be closed; pedestrians will be directed to the north side of the intersection.
  • Pedestrians may continue to use the Starburst Plaza area that is outside the work-zone fence.

Bus stop changes:

  • The X1, X2, X3, X9 Metrobus stop on the westbound side of Benning Road just east of 16th Street will be relocated further east at the approximate mid-point of the 1600 block of Benning Road.
  • The B2 Metrobus stop on the northbound side of Bladensburg Road at the Starburst Plaza will be relocated to the north, adjacent to CVS.
  • The B2 Metrobus stop on 15th Street will be relocated approximately 80 feet south of its current location.

Parking Restrictions:

  • Parking will be prohibited on the east side of 15th Street between Benning Road and the alley adjacent to 713 15th Street NE.
  • Parking will be prohibited on the south half of the 800 block of Bladensburg Road (northbound only).

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Advance warning signs will be posted.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cross-Bonding of Streetcar Tracks Set to Begin June 25th at 9th & H Streets NE

On Tuesday, June 25th, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to start work on cross-bonding the streetcar tracks on H Street N.E. near 9th Street. The work will take approximately three weeks, with an estimated completion date of Tuesday, July 16th. Weekday traffic and parking restrictions will be required.

Cross-bonding is the process of excavating a portion of the roadway and track slabs between the eastbound and westbound tracks in order to install an electrical bond between the eastbound and westbound tracks. The electrical bond is essential for the streetcar power system.

Cross-bonding must be done at five H Street locations and will take approximately three weeks at each location:

  • Just east of 4th Street,
  • Between 7th Street and 8th Street,
  • Just east of 9th Street,
  • At 12th Street, and
  • Just west of 14th Street.

The street sections to be excavated extend from the outside of the eastbound track across the street to the outside of the westbound track, and will be approximately four feet long. The work will be staged in order to minimize traffic disruptions. Pedestrian crossings will be maintained, but there will be temporary weekday parking restrictions in the work area.

Advance warning signs and traffic barrels will be used to set up lane closures along the work zone.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One-Lane-Only Traffic Restrictions to be Implemented on Eastbound Benning Road from 21st to 24th Streets

On Wednesday, June 19th, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to implement eastbound one-lane-only traffic restrictions on Benning Road from 21st Street to just east of 24th Street to facilitate the first of a two-phase relocation of an existing 12-inch Washington Gas main.

This section of Benning Road – approximately two blocks – has been a designated construction zone with traffic restrictions in place for DC Streetcar work since late March. These original restrictions provided for two traffic lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions. However, to accommodate the Washington Gas work, the eastbound section will have to be reduced to one lane. The gas line relocation is necessary due to its proximity to the existing streetcar tracks, which could affect streetcar service and restrict access to the gas line during future maintenance and repair.

Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Traffic Signal Pole Replacement Begins On H Street

During early June, DC Streetcar construction crews will begin removing the existing streetlight/traffic signal poles at twelve H Street intersections, replacing them with temporary structures, and later installing joint-use OCS (Overhead Catenary System) streetlight/traffic signal poles.

At each H Street intersection from 3rd Street through 14th Street, construction crews will carry out the work on the poles on each of  the four corners, each of which carries a streetlight and a traffic signal head. On each corner, the first step will be to erect a temporary pole, then fit it with a streetlight and a traffic signal head. Once the crew confirms that the lights and signals are operating, the existing pole and its fixtures will be removed and stored off-site for use elsewhere within the District.

The intersections will never be without streetlights and working traffic signals.

The poles that are being removed were installed on top of OCS foundations. The joint-use OCS poles are necessary to support electrical components feeding power to the streetcars. These types of OCS poles were not available for use when the existing poles were installed during the H Street Reconstruction Project in 2009-2011

Installation of the new joint-use OCS poles will take place later this summer.

Brief Work-Crew Use Of Curb Lane/Right Traffic Lane

The work is expected to take two days at each intersection. During that time, construction vehicles and workers will occupy the parking lane and right traffic lane adjacent to the work area. Portions of the sidewalk in and near the work area will also be cordoned off, to prevent hazards to pedestrians.

 

Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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May

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Traffic Restrictions to Take Effect in June on Benning Road Between Oklahoma and WMATA Overpass

Beginning Monday, June 3rd, the DC Streetcar construction team will implement traffic restrictions on Benning Road between Oklahoma Avenue and the WMATA Overpass to facilitate installation of Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations. The OCS foundations are installed in the ground at designated points to provide a base for mounting the poles and wiring that deliver power to run the streetcars.

The restrictions on the north and south sides of Benning Road will be in effect for approximately three weeks each. Work along the south side of Benning Road will begin on June 3rd, followed by the north side of Benning Road later in the week.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • The south-side sidewalk from Oklahoma to the WMATA Overpass (a distance of about a half-mile including the Benning Road Bridge across the Anacostia River) will be closed to pedestrians during much of this period. The north-side sidewalk will be closed periodically. The construction team will make every effort to maintain sidewalk access along at least one side of Benning Road at all times. Signs will be installed to direct pedestrians to the accessible sidewalk.
  • The X1/X3 and X2 bus stops on the south side of Benning Road (just west of the entrance to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail) will be temporarily suspended during this period. As an alternative, bus passengers will be directed to the next bus stop, on Benning Road at 34th Street.
  • From Oklahoma Avenue to the WMATA Overpass, eastbound Benning Road traffic will be reduced to a single lane – the  middle and right lanes will be closed. Left turns and U-turns will not be permitted at any point along the work zone.
  • Access to and from RFK Stadium’s Lot 6 parking lot along Benning Road will be prohibited. Access to Lot 6 will be maintained via Oklahoma Avenue.
  • Eastbound and westbound motorists may continue to turn from Benning Road onto Oklahoma Avenue.

 

Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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April

Friday, April 26, 2013

Streetlight Replacement Begins on H Street in May

DC Streetcar construction crews plan to start work in early May on removing 68 of H Street’s 142 twin-20 streetlight poles and lights and replacing them with new joint-use OCS (Overhead Catenary System) streetlight poles.

The contractor has scheduled the streetlight pole removal to begin in the 300 block of H Street during the first week of May. They will continue moving east block by block until the process is completed through 14th Street. Removing all 68 pole structures will take about three weeks.

From late June through August, the new OCS streetlight pole structures will be installed, again beginning in the 300 block and moving east block by block. Once dates have been finalized for installation, we will provide this information.

The streetlight poles being removed make up just under half of the 20-foot-tall poles used between the intersections of each block. Each pole bears two teardrop light fixtures and the distinctive red H Street banner. The removed poles will be used elsewhere in the city. The teardrop fixtures and H Street banners will be re-installed on the new streetlight poles. The new poles are 30 feet tall, but the light fixtures and banners will be installed at the same height as they currently occupy on the existing poles.

The poles that are being removed were installed on top of OCS foundations. The taller, sturdier poles are necessary to support electrical components feeding power to the streetcars. These types of poles were not available for use when the twin-20 poles were installed during the H Street Reconstruction Project in 2009-2011.

 

  • Adequate Lighting AssuredDuring the period of several weeks between streetlight removal and replacement, adequate street lighting will be maintained by the undisturbed twin-20 streetlights and the four 28.5-foot pendant streetlight poles at each of the four corners of each intersection. The Design-Build Team has determined, through complex measurements, that lighting intensity will meet DC regulatory standards in each block during this period. DC Streetcar personnel will monitor the impact to assure that adequate lighting is maintained during this temporary period.

 

  • Brief Work-Crew Use Of Curb Lane/Traffic Lane SpaceRegarding construction impact, construction vehicles and workers will occupy the parking lane and right traffic lane space in front of each pole that is being removed for part of one day during daytime hours. The installation of each new streetlight pole structure will take a few hours on each of several days and will occupy the parking lane. The installation schedule will be announced later, along with the schedule for removal and replacement of some of the streetlight poles on Benning Road from 15th Street to Oklahoma Avenue.

 

Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information. Please direct inquiries to construction@dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Upcoming Pedestrian Impacts

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform construction activities near the sidewalk, creating pedestrian impacts through May 15.

H Street North-Side Sidewalk from 3rd Street to Hopscotch Bridge to be Closed for One Month
The north side of the H Street sidewalk will be closed from 3rd Street to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge from April 15 to May 15 to facilitate construction activities. The restriction is necessary to accommodate the work of installing OCS (Overhead Catenary System) foundations, which provide the base for mounting the poles and wires that deliver power to run the streetcars.

The south side of the H Street sidewalk between 3rd and the bridge will be open and available for use throughout this construction period.

Pedestrian impacts include:

  • Pedestrians will be unable to use the north side of the H Street sidewalk between 3rd Street and the top of the Hopscotch Bridge;
  • Pedestrians will be unable to cross H Street at 3rd and will be directed to cross at 4th Street or North Capitol Street; and
  • Residents on 3rd Street south of I Street will still have access to their homes during this construction period, however, access to H Street will be restricted from 3rd.

Advance warning signs will be posted. Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. Thank you for your patience!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Construction Work at 3rd & H Streets

Joint Notice to the Community:

Construction Activity Updates in the 3rd & H Street Vicinity

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) DC Streetcar Team and the Steuart Investment Company, developer of the 360° H residential/retail project, have jointly prepared this updated report to the community about their forthcoming construction activities.

DC Streetcar:
Work began April 1 on Phase I construction of the Western Turnaround on top of the Hopscotch Bridge. The Phase I work – continuing through mid-June – requires the following restrictions:
1. The 800 block of 3rd Street, between H and I Streets, is restricted to local traffic only. Entrance to and exit from this block of 3rd Street will be at I Street only.
2. The 700 block of 3rd Street, between G and H Streets, is restricted to local traffic only. Entrance to and exit from this block of 3rd Street will be at G Street only.
3. Parking will be temporarily removed on 3rd Street between H and I Streets, except for spaces in front of the residences on the northeast portion of 3rd Street near I Street.
4. No turns onto 3rd Street, north or south, will be permitted from H Street.
5. In mid-June, different restrictions will be announced to accommodate Phase II & Phase III Western Turnaround construction activities extending through October.

360° H:
The Steuart firm’s 360° H General Contractor, Clark Construction, and its subcontractors are near completion of their work and plan the following activities in April through mid-May:
1. Placing granite cubes into the tree boxes & granite sidewalk inserts at the 3rd & 4th Street corners, & completing sidewalk restoration,
2. Re-installing streetlight poles and streetlights on the north side of the 300 block of H,
3. Landscaping & installation of exterior signage & canopies,
4. Restoration of the public alley behind the project & completion of “punch-list” items.

Giant Foods at 360° H:
Monday through Friday truck deliveries to stock the supermarket began during the week of April 1, and will expand to include occasional weekend deliveries after April 12 until the store opens in early May on a date to be announced later. Giant has pledged to accommodate specific neighborhood needs, to the extent possible, in scheduling its deliveries.
Conversion of I Street to Two-Way Traffic Between 3rd & 5th Streets:
The temporary conversion of I Street from 3rd to 5th to two-way traffic is now scheduled to be implemented near the end of April. The change was planned to accommodate truck deliveries to Giant during the period of 3rd & H restrictions related to streetcar construction work. Since the original conversion plan was conceived, DDOT and Giant have developed ways to accommodate the supermarket’s early- to mid-April deliveries without implementing the I Street conversion until later in April.

Download a PDF of this notice here.

 

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February

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Traffic Impacts 3/11/13 – 3/29/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform construction activities in the roadway, creating traffic impacts through Friday, March 29.

3rd Street Water Main Relocation

On Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 29, work crews will relocate valves on the 3rd Street Water Main, affecting the intersection of H and 3rd Streets NE. The impacts will include:

  • Interior lane closures, eastbound H Street NE: Traffic on H Street between the eastern base of the Hopscotch Bridge and 4th Street NE will be diverted to the outside curb lane, with only one lane of traffic open between 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Interior lane closures, westbound H Street NE: Traffic on H Street between 4th Street NE and the eastern base of the Hopscotch Bridge will be diverted to the outside curb lane, with only one lane of traffic open between 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • No left turns from southbound 3rd Street onto H Street NE: Traffic flowing southbound on 3rd Street will be limited to thru traffic and right-turning movements onto H Street between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. As an alternative, motorists north of H Street may use 4th Street or 5th Street to proceed south to H and turn left onto H.
  • No left turns from northbound 3rd Street onto H Street NE: Traffic flowing northbound on 3rd Street will be limited to thru traffic and right-turning movements onto H Street between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. As an alternative, motorists south of H Street may use 5th Street to proceed north to H and turn left onto H.
  • No left turns from H Street NE onto 3rd Street in either direction during the construction hours: As alternatives, eastbound H Street motorists may make left turns north onto 5th Street, and westbound H Street motorists may make left turns south onto 4th Street.  

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or [email protected].

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Traffic and Parking Impacts 2/25/13 – 3/8/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform construction activities in the roadway, creating traffic and parking impacts through Friday, March 8.

Streetcar Pole Foundation Checks

On Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1, work crews will be checking the existing OCS (or streetcar pole) foundations in the Benning Road median from 15th Street to the Anacostia River. The impacts will include:

  • Rolling left lane closures, eastbound: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Rolling left lane closures, westbound: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public.

Test Pit Excavation

On Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1, work crews will dig five small test pits within a one-block location of Benning Road NE in order to coordinate proposed utility placement. The impacts will include:

  • Left lane closure: Eastbound Benning Road between 24th and 25th Streets, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sidewalk closure: Pedestrian crosswalk at eastbound Benning/24th Street, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Parking closure: Parking spaces on eastbound Benning Road between 21st and 26th Streets. In order to keep two lanes of traffic flowing down eastbound Benning Road, the curb lane between 21st and 26th Streets will be closed for parking and it will become a travel lane.

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public.

Median Removal

On Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 8, work crews will continue to remove portions of the median on the middle and eastern end of the Hopscotch Bridge in advance of future streetcar platform construction at the same locations. The impacts will include:

  • Left lane closure, eastbound: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Left lane closure, westbound: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public. Turning radii for buses exiting Union Station will be maintained at all times.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or margaret@dcstr[email protected].

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Traffic Impacts 2/11/13 – 2/22/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform construction activities in the roadway, creating traffic impacts through Friday, February 22.

Median Removal
On Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 22, work crews will continue to remove portions of the median on the middle and eastern end of the Hopscotch Bridge in advance of future streetcar platform construction at the same locations. The impacts will include:

  • Left lane closure: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street, eastbound, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Left lane closure: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street, westbound, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public. Turning radii for buses exiting Union Station will be maintained at all times.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or [email protected].

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Traffic Impacts 2/4/13 – 2/8/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform construction activities in the roadway, creating traffic impacts during non-peak hours through Friday, February 8.

Median Removal
On Monday, February 4 through Friday, February 8, work crews will remove portions of the median on the middle and eastern end of the Hopscotch Bridge in advance of future streetcar platform construction at the same locations. This work was originally scheduled for last week but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The impacts for this week include:

  • Left lane closures: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street (eastbound and westbound)

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public. Turning radii for buses exiting Union Station will be maintained at all times.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or [email protected].

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January

Monday, January 28, 2013

Traffic and Parking Impacts 1/29/13 – 2/1/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will be performing construction activities in the roadway that will create traffic and parking impacts during non-peak hours through Friday, February 1.

Track Bonding
On Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., work crews will be performing minor roadway digging as part of their track bonding work. Track bonding is the process by which heavy-gauge wire is connected from rail to rail and track to track, also called cross-bonding. This process ensures the efficiency of the traction power system that will power the streetcars. Six locations along the corridor will be affected, with the following traffic and parking impacts:

  • Right lane closures with no parking permitted: H Street at 13th Street (eastbound and westbound)
  • Pedestrian crosswalk closure: West side of the H/13th Streets intersection
  • Left lane closure: Benning Road at 17th Street (eastbound and westbound)
  • Left lane closure: Benning Road between 25th and 26th Streets (eastbound and westbound)

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public.

Median Removal
On Tuesday, January 29 through Friday, February 1 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., work crews will be removing portions of the median on the middle and eastern end of the Hopscotch Bridge in advance of future streetcar platform construction at the same locations. The impacts include:

  • Left lane closures: Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street bridge approach on H Street (eastbound and westbound).

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public. Turning radii for buses exiting Union Station will be maintained at all times.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or [email protected].

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Traffic and Parking Impacts 1/23/13

The DC Streetcar Design-Build Team will perform electrical tests on existing streetcar tracks at six separate locations along the H/Benning corridor on Wednesday, January 23. Traffic and parking impacts will be experienced from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Specific impacts include:

  • Right lane closures with no parking permitted: H Street between 4th and 5th Streets (eastbound and westbound)
  • Right lane closures with no parking permitted: H Street between 13th and 14th Streets (eastbound and westbound)
  • Left lane closure: Benning Road between Oklahoma Avenue and the Anacostia River (eastbound and westbound)

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert and guide the traveling public.

Schedule is subject to change based on weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. For immediate construction assistance, contact Margaret Gentry at (202) 320-8534 or [email protected].

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