3rd Street Tunnel | Construction Update/ Look Ahead
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Construction Update/ Look Ahead

25 Aug Construction Update/ Look Ahead

TRAFFIC & ONGOING UTILITY RELOCATION CONSTRUCTION      

Following is the Construction Look Ahead/Weekly Forecast, for the Third Street Tunnel Infrastructure Project which outlines work activities that may impact the surrounding community, as provided by Property Group Partners (PGP). Balfour Beatty Construction DC (BBCDC), the construction manager, will make every effort to advise PGP of changes that affect the scheduled events. The schedule is subject to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES/TRAFFIC SHIFTS 

  • There will be a full closure on Massachusetts Avenue with associated detours to accommodate paving activity on Saturday, August 26th.  There will be no Sunday road work going forward unless the need arises.

Now that the new Massachusetts Avenue Portal is open, here is a reminder of approved traffic routing:

  • Southbound traffic entering I-395 will use the new Massachusetts Avenue portal entering from the eastbound lanes of Massachusetts Avenue on the approach to 4th Street, NW.
  • Motorists traveling south on 3rd Street must use the D Street entrance.
  • There is no access to the new portal for motorists traveling westbound on H Street or Massachusetts Avenue. NOTE: There is also NO LEFT TURN from westbound Massachusetts at 3rd Street.
  • Motorists approaching I-395 above New York Avenue or traveling westbound on H Street or Massachusetts Avenue, NW are advised to enter the highway at the New York Avenue entrance or use 4th or 5th Street to access the D Street on-ramp.
  • Eastbound H Street between 3rd and 4th Streets will be expanded to three lanes.
  • Eastbound Massachusetts Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets will be reduced to two lanes.
  • All other streets in the immediate vicinity will retain their lanes and basic configurations.

REMINDER OF WORK HOURS 

As an ongoing reminder, the contractor is adhering to prescribed work hours which include the following at Massachusetts Avenue and H Streets, NW between 2nd and 4th Streets:

  • Monday-Friday 7:00am-5pm
  • Monday-Tuesday 7:00pm-12:00 midnight, as needed
  • Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-6:00pm, as needed

Also, work in the I-395 Highway, including the new on-ramp portal being constructed at 2nd and Massachusetts Avenue is permitted for 24-Hours operation.  The highway work takes place overnight for safety reasons as there is much less traffic.

I-395 OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURE

Note: Work in the I-395 Highway will last for the next several months.  Nighttime lane closure has been suspended until October.  Daytime lane closures remain in effect for northbound lands. If unusually loud noise occurs overnight, please email info@3rdsttunnel.com or call 202-719-0196 to report the problem.

MASS AVE. & H St. AREA NW:

  • Roadwork on the east- and westbound sides is progressing.
  • DC Water contractors have identified an unexpected issue with a water main/3-way valve that needs to be replaced.  Contractor is identifying a sub to complete the work in the coming weeks.
  • Traffic signal cabinets/cables installed on H Street at 2nd and 4th and are awaiting Pepco tie-in.
  • 2nd & H Street intersection trench cut and road base repair in progress.
  • Granite curb, brick gutter pan and handicap ramp installation in progress.

3RD STREET AREA NW:

  • 3rd Street overhead protection system reconfiguration is under review.  Preliminary evaluation results are being evaluated.
  • Old 3rd Street ramp demolition continues.
  • Additional work on 3rd Street requires an ongoing single lane closure on 3rd St. One lane of through traffic is still open at all times.

2ND STREET & I-395 TUNNEL AREA NW:

  • Light fixtures, conduit, and pipe installation ongoing at night.
  • Lane closures being utilized in northbound lanes during the daytime.
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