Dear PoP – Lane Closure on 9th and Mass?

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2010 at 11:00 am 6 Comments

“Dear PoP,

I was just wondering if you know how long the two southbound lanes (far right) around 9th and Mass (NW) will be closed for construction of the new Convention Center hotel. I don’t think I am the only one that likes to take the 79 bus from CH to downtown that is frustrated with how long it is taking to go those three blocks every morning with those lanes closed. Do you have any information?”

Hmm, that’s a good question. I’m going to guess many many months. Does anyone know how long the lanes will be closed? The project is scheduled to continue through 2012 but it is not clear if the lane will be closed the whole time. For those who drive or take the bus through this area – has this created a major slowdown/traffic jam?

  • emma d.

    Major slowdown most mornings, so much so that since Mass is my stop, I just get off at the stop before it now and walk down 7th. It’s absolutely ridiculous to spend 20 minutes to drive 3 blocks. Hope it’s over soon!

  • PAC

    Lkely to be like this for the next 4 years, unfortunately.

    See link:


  • Anonymous

    Yeah that’s going to be like that for the next four years, give or take. More likely take, once cranes start coming in.

    You should bike from CH to Chinatown.

  • Anon

    To Emma — since the lane closure, I have been taking for the 70/71 since it drops you off on the other side of the Convention Center at L Street, so it’s almost the same. Normally it’s much slower than the 79, but not right now.

  • Daddy

    I bike down 9th every day. I’d say that the lane closures have added a good 6 or 7 seconds to my commute.

  • Di

    For we old heads and normal commuters who don’t bike, this is a tough thing. I just leave earlier for the 79 at Columbia and Ga. I may just take the Metro, as I must walk to 12th and F anyway.


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