3rd Street Tunnel | Construction Update/ LookAhead
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-16476,single-format-standard,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-6.5,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.4.3,vc_responsive

Construction Update/ LookAhead

22 Jun Construction Update/ LookAhead


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.


  • Full road closure and detours are planned for Massachusetts Avenue on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th.
  • There will be ongoing single lane closures on surface streets for the next several weeks, as approved by DDOT, for final milling and paving, including:
    • Concrete subbase at Mass. Ave. westbound between 3rd & 4th (one land closed) 6/22-23.
    • Concrete subbase at Mass. Ave. eastbound between 3rd & 4th (one lane closed) 6/22-23.
    • Paving at Mass. Ave., H St. between 5th & 4th, and 4th St. just north of Mass. Ave. (intersection closed) on 6/24. Striping to follow on 6/25./
    • Temporary stripping, if possible on 6/25.
    • Paving on Mass. Ave. eastbound and westbound adjacent to the portal at 3rd Street on 6/24.
    • Additional paving date scheduled for 7/6 and striping on 7/7. Specific areas to be paved TBD.
    • Curb work to begin 6/19 at H & 2nd.

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.


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 CLOSUREAs noted below, work in the I-395 Highway will last for the next several months.  There will be overnight lane closures and detours to accommodate the installation of pre-fab concrete wall panels in the median and then vertical steel erection.  This work is not any louder than previous overnight highway operations.  However, there may occasionally be different sounds as the concrete panels and steel pieces are placed and secured. If unusually loud noise occurs overnight, please email info@3rdsttunnel.com or call 202-719-0196 to report the problem.


  • Street light and traffic signal infrastructure in progress.
  • Permanent road repair, repaving, and new islands construction began on June 5th.
  • Crews are generally working from H & 2nd Street West, counter clockwise, however, due to circumstances or opportunity, work is also proceeding in other areas in the work zone, including:
    • Granite curb/brick gutter pans being installed.
    • Additional backfill underway 2nd & E Streets, westward.



  • Old 3rd Street ramp demolition underway.
  • Additional work on 3rd Street requires an ongoing single lane closure. One lane of through traffic is still open at all times.


I-395 & 2nd STREET AREA NW:

  • Light fixtures, conduit, and pipe installation ongoing at night.
  • Lane closures being utilized in northbound lanes during the daytime.
No Comments

Post A Comment