Major Construction to Begin on First Street, NE in Noma next Week. Street Will Become One-Way, Construction Expected to Last One Year

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From a press release:

Reconstruction of First Street, NE, could start as soon as next week, and the project will dramatically impact transportation throughout the NoMa neighborhood. Traffic on First Street, NoMa’s main street, is expected to be one lane, one-way southbound for nearly a year – the entirety of the construction period. The District Department of Transportation and the NoMa BID recommend that NoMa residents, employees and visitors take other forms of transportation such as Metro, Bikeshare or buses.

DDOT contractors will begin moving equipment into the area this week and next. DDOT is working with several firms, including engineering firm Amann-Whitney and the construction firm Lane Construction. The contractors and DDOT will have on-site offices located near the intersection of First and O Streets, NE.

“First Street will be fabulous when the project is completed, and we are excited about the great new green spaces and cycling amenities that are included,” said NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper. “However, we know that getting around the neighborhood will be a challenge during the construction period and we are asking everyone to be their most patient selves for a little while.”

DDOT will soon offer a website that provides updates and a subscription to a listserv for daily notices. NoMa BID staff will promote this web site when it is available, and will also give regular project updates on our bimonthly newsletter (sign up at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Project Scope: The project will rebuild the entirety of First Street, NE and its sidewalks from Columbus Circle to New York Avenue, including significant improvements to the side streets of K, L, Pierce, M, Patterson, and N Streets, NE. First Street between K Street and New York Avenue will be one-way southbound only during the entire period of construction. All northbound traffic will be detoured to North Capitol Street. After construction is finished, First Street will be returned to two-way traffic with an added two-way cycle track along the east side of the street and on-street parking along the west side.

The reconstruction will upgrade underground infrastructure, add stormwater catch basins, install bio-retention stormwater swales, realign sidewalks, enlarge tree boxes, add new crosswalks, install new traffic lights and street lamps, and landscape the public space adjacent to unfinished parcels. Construction is anticipated to last nearly one year.

Map via Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

8 Comment

  • didnt they just put in fancy sidewalks up in northern noma? they’re going to tear those up and put in even NICER sidewalks? Cant wait. I hope they put in the people movers that airports have. Make sure to leave them open to the rain, like Metro does for their escalators, so they never work.

  • Good! The infrastructure in that part of town has been almost Third World for a very long time. I’m glad to see its finally getting some attention. The inconveniences will be worth the end result.

  • I work in the area. Every time it rains heavily the smell of sewage comes up from the pipes in the building’s sinks. Hopefully this will be fixed.

  • …Great. I’m about to sign a lease at the Flats 130 building on M Street. I don’t plan on bringing my car, but I’m still not looking forward to road construction for an entire year. By the time all the park space and bike lines are finished, I probably won’t be able to afford the annual rent increase. Decisions, decisions…

  • The bike lobby wins again. So tired of this.

    • can’t tell if serious… or trolling

    • The worst part about the increasing numbers of people who are biking to work, is that most of them seem to be too lazy to shower after they get to the office, so you have to deal with their nasty odor all day long.

  • Is this why there are no meters, and no signs regulating street parking at 1260 1st St NE? That block has been used corner to corner for 24/7 free parking for unregistered, out-of-state cars for years now. All one block from the NoMa Metro station, while every other block in the neighborhood has 2-hr restricted parking and ticketing.

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