More work on I-395/Third Street Tunnel project “will lead to several road closures and temporary lane closures, resulting in moderate-to-heavy traffic delays”


From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Property Group Partners (PGP) announced that a new phase of utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street in Ward 6, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8 am to 6 pm. This will lead to several road closures and temporary lane closures, resulting in moderate-to-heavy traffic delays, in the coming weeks.

Commuters should be advised that during this phase, which is expected to last five months, Massachusetts Avenue will be closed at 2nd Street on Saturday, April 11. Detour signs will point motorists around the work zones to use H, I, K and 5th Streets.

During this phase, H Street westbound will no longer connect directly through Massachusetts Avenue. Instead, H Street will continue straight from 2nd Street toward the intersection of 4th and Massachusetts. Motorists traveling to H Street can turn south (left) onto 4th Street and west (right) back onto H Street.

Additionally, work on 3rd Street between E Street and Massachusetts Avenue will also begin during this phase. Drivers can expect lane closures on 3rd Street. Parking will be restricted on 3rd Street for the duration of this work.

Besides Saturday’s closures, there will be continuous closures on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7 am to 12 am the next day; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7 am to 3 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, only as needed, from 8 am to 6 pm

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, as traffic delays are likely to occur, or use alternative routes to bypass the construction area. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone.”

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  • I can’t wait until the Capitol Crossing project is finished, or at least one phase of it. It will be fantastic and well worth the traffic inconvenience, especially if Eataly opens up their DC store here.

  • So, when does this “phase” end. Past closures have not provided people with much info on where one can go as a detour–Last time Mass Ave I tried to ask a cop if it was open or if there were detorus and all I got was “keep moving”.

    • You got a “keep moving”? Lucky.

    • The best advice is probably to avoid it altogether. The information is there. The city is a grid so if 3rd Street between D and F is closed/affected, take 4th or New Jersey.

      Taxis to/from Union Station seem to have figured it out. The last few I’ve taken avoided that entire intersection (not that the alternate routes they took were very quick either, but what else is new with the cab drivers in DC). And while I still question why WMATA hasn’t re-routed buses to avoid that area as much as possible (the 80 still rolls right through it), they seem to have at least altered the route to not make it too horrifyingly slow. Frankly if you’re coming from Bloomingdale and going to Metro Center on the bus, the 80 is still faster than the P6 which avoids that area altogether.

      I can’t wait until the project is finished mostly because a horribly traffic-heavy artery of the city is only being made worse for the next few years.

  • Could this announcement be more convoluted? Work starts on April 11th between 8-6, or the work starts on April 11th, and will be done between 8-6 for 5 months? Will Mass be closed at 2nd St for the full 5 months, or only on Mon/Tues from7 am to 12 am the next day; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7 am to 3 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, only as needed, from 8 am to 6 pm? Also, I think this is NW because I know a lot of construction is going on there, but I guess they think “in ward 6” is more descriptive than NW.

    Turn right from H st onto H st? Even if this is a U turn, doesn’t this mean you’ll be on the wrong side of the street? Take H, I, K and 5th from Mass? Do I assume I’ll be able to take 2nd from where it’s closed at Mass to those routes? NJ Ave?

    • I now see the one place NW is mentioned

      • And, if you knew how that intersection is laid out, you would know that, going westbound , turning right onto H makes sense as opposed to turning left onto 4th Street. The intersection is a mess, but the description is accurate.

        • Exactly my point. The description might be technically accurate, but only means anything to folks already very familiar with the traffic pattern there. Not exactly a helpful announcement.

  • What would be really beneficial to all the motorists — a detailed map from DDOT depicting lane closures & timings instead of giving convoluted paragraphs confusing everyone.

  • clevelanddave

    I wonder if the brains at DDOT also modified the traffic lights to ease congestion and acknowledge the dramatic change in traffic patterns- and not just at the construction but at all the impacted streets. Probably not. *SIGH*

    PS any progress on changing the traffic pattern for the cars in front of Union Station? Probably not. Sad.

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