“Major Road Closure Within the District of Columbia with Regional Implications”


From MPD:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be implementing daytime lane closures on H Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW, between 2nd and 4th Streets NW, starting on Monday, September 8, 2014. The lane closures will continue to take place on a daily basis, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

This important utility relocation and upgrade project will be under construction until end of 2016, and traffic impacts will be 6 days per week for the duration of the project. The current phase of related work—which involves upgrading and installing new underground utilities and restoring the roadway along these two corridors—is expected to last for approximately 18-24 months, weather permitting.

Traffic control signs will be placed to guide travelers along the corridor and direct traffic to alternative routes. As the work progresses, residents and businesses will be notified of any changes or updates to the project activities and schedule.

Construction activities and intermittent lane closures during this phase of work will occur Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7a.m. and 10pm, and Saturday 8am to 8pm. Additional nighttime hours and Sunday work may be required and scheduled as needed.

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, as traffic delays are likely to occur, and/or use alternate routes to bypass the construction area.

DDOT encourages all motorists and pedestrians to stay alert and follow all signs as they travel through this corridor.

For more information about the project, please visit the project website www.3rdsttunnel.com.”

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  • PoP, closing of H st now means this area is back to a “square”? At least through ~2016

  • brookland_rez

    I’m guessing this is due to Capital Crossing being constructed. That project is huge and will impact that area for several years while it’s built.

  • So, DDOT is closing down two of the three main routes downtown from NE.

    This is going to be a nightmare.

    • Seriously…
      this is going to change the traffic not only in that area but leaving downtown as a whole more difficult

      • Meanwhile, one person was killed and others have been injured on 17th st NE/SE but DDOT says they can’t implement their planned traffic calming measures until DC Water gets around to tearing up 17th street first.

  • What is so INCREDIBLY frustrating about this is that DDOT just closed this whole area off for a year to rebuild it only a year ago! We got about twelve months of beautiful new granite curbs, new street and pedestrian lighting, smooth as silk new pavement, clearly marked lanes and crosswalks, and then after enduring this traffic mess for a YEAR, they come back about 12-14 months later and rip it all back up again!
    Why can’t the city somehow manage to coordinate stuff like this so that they don’t rip something up, put it back together again, and then rip it up again? They’re doing it this morning at 9th and H Streets, NW – the intersection just got paved *two weeks ago* and then today there’s a dude with a saw out there cutting it up again! Why bother putting the Humpty Dumpty DC road network back together again to just throw it against the wall when you’re done?

    • I couldn’t agree more. This is infuriating.

    • Hey man, those guys need overtime. Those motorcycles and 4×4 trucks don’t pay for themselves…

    • Probably because the developers of Capital Crossing had not solidified their deal in any way that would make planning possible. The city is reacting to one of the largest development projects in downtown since City Center. Honestly, while this sucks and getting to Union Station by taxi will now be horrifying for everyone, stop complaining. This is a huge project that will bring businesses, retail, etc. and change the face of that area even more than it has in the last few years. I doubt anyone assumed someone planned to build two city blocks on top of empty air in such a way that they would have held off on the prior work in that area.

      • Ah, you came so close to having a reasonable counterpoint – right up until you told someone who may well be significantly inconvenienced by this project for the next *two freaking years* to “stop complaining.” Those of us who live right in the middle of this and ever need to get anywhere, ever want any peace and quiet (or what passes for it here), or just plain never expected to live in this level of chaos will complain all we please.

    • Downtown, they’re doing construction on sidewalk ramps to, I think, bring them to code, and spending a lot of time laying flagstones. But then in the part between the ramp and flagstone sidewalks, they’re just pouring asphalt. It looks TERRIBLE. Why not just go the extra mile and use all the same stone? Although I suppose, based on their track record, it’ll probably all get torn up again next year…

  • And you thought the X2 was a s$!#show now. Just wait till it takes 20 minutes to get through that intersection.

  • brookland_rez

    +1000. It sucks short term, but long term downtown to Noma will become one. This is huge.

  • So will you still be able to get into the tunnel from the H St side during those hours?

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