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Fin. “Demolition Project will Impact Traffic at 15th and L Street NW Beginning Saturday”

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2016 at 10:10 am 15 Comments

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From DDOT:

“The demolition of the former Washington Post building near the intersection of 15th and L Street NW will require long-term, temporary sidewalk and road closures beginning Saturday January 9, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

The L Street sidewalk and curb lane will be completely closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Starting Monday, January 18, 2016, the demolition work has been permitted from 7 am to 7 am each day in a 24-hour cycle until mid-April 2016, weather permitting. During this time, an additional travel lane can be closed during demolition operations at the L street buildings.

The bicycle lane will continue to run in an eastbound direction along L Street, but will be shifted several feet from its current location to accommodate the curb closure. A barrier will separate the bicycle lane from the vehicular traffic.

Signs will be posted to guide and reroute pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

The signage will indicate where pedestrians need to cross over to the south side of L Street to avoid the demolition activity.”

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  • MRD

    Wow, talk about end of an era

  • woodridge

    This isn’t going to inconvenience any church-goers, is it?!!

    • The OP Anon

      Real estate interests trump church goers on the DC Politicians’ Scale of Importance.
      Gentrifying cyclists are somewhere near the bottom.

  • David
    • TJ

      How did you miss it? WaPo dedicated reams of weepy copy and social media love to the building as they shut out the lights…

  • petworther

    This is going to be a nightmare because all the pedestrians will just end up walking in the bike lane.

    • TX2DC

      Won’t someone think of the bikers!?!?!?! lol

    • Vision Zero?

      Of course, all car travel lanes remain open. People walking and cycling in dc are left to fight over the scraps. I cannot fathom how DDOT could spin this as being in line with their Vision Zero policy. Leif Dormsjo, what say you?

  • INDC

    Would love to get my hands on a couple of those letters of the entrance signage from the old building.

    • Anon

      Letters went to a display inside the new building.

  • GreenThumb

    WTF? The demolition was permitted to occur 24 hours a day from January 18 thru April? There’s a hotel across the street, and several residential buildings within a block or two (Post Massachusetts Ave, 1500 Mass Ave) not to mention the University Club on the same block. Who in the hell agreed to this?

    • LoganRes

      guess it’s time for you to move to the burbs….

  • ClevelandDave

    Aint waistin’ no time…

  • Rich

    L Street is a great way to avoid driving (or walking) through circles from G’town to the Convention Center area–a shame to disrupt that. I’m guessing the replacement will be equally bland.

    The Post has been kindof irrelevant for ages–I wonder what they’re doing to inflate their page views. They haven’t broken an important story in ages. Their editorial page is a waxworks of mostly rightwing people with no new ideas. The Congressional coverage is obviously driven by conservative Hill staffers. Smaller space for a paper of diminished importance.

  • Greg

    This is a pretty great example of why “impact” shouldn’t be used, erroneously, in place of “affect.”

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