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

21 Apr 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.

On Wednesday, April 19th Leif Dormsjo, director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) visited the Third Street Tunnel Project site and announced that the new portal on Massachusetts Avenue will open this Saturday.  Here is a link to the DDOT Press Release: https://ddot.dc.gov/release/ddot-announces-new-massachusetts-avenue-portal-ramp-southbound-i-395

The announcement was well covered and below are links to a few of the stories:

  1. The Washington Post:  3rd Street Tunnel project advances; new on-ramp portal opens Saturday
  2. WTOP 103.5 FM:  New ramp to I-395 at Third Street Tunnel opens Saturday
  3. WRC (NBC): http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Downtown-DC-I-395-Ramp-Will-Change-Traffic-Patterns_Washington-DC-
  4. WJLD (ABC):  http://wjla.com/news/local/massachusetts-avenue-ramp-opening-soon

 

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS 

New wayfinding signage and electronic message boards are in place to help motorist navigate the new traffic patterns including:

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

UPCOMING ROAD OPENINGS

  • On Saturday, April 22nd the new Mass. Ave. I-395 Portal is scheduled to open.

 

REMINDER OF WORK HOURS 

Final surface street construction including repaving, new sidewalks, and traffic control islands concludes later this fall.

Ongoing construction activities during this final surface street restoration phase will occur in three shifts:

  • Monday and Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 12.a.m
  • Wednesday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday work, scheduled as needed, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also during this restoration phase, additional temporary daytime lane closures should be expected throughout the construction work zone areas from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Traffic cones and barrels will be set up as well as flaggers and signage as necessary to redirect traffic around these lane closures.The new portal will improve traffic flow and safety in the area.  However, motorists,

The new portal will improve traffic flow and safety in the area.  However, motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are urged to stay alerted and use caution when traveling through the work zone.

I-395 OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES

As 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.

MASS AVE AREA NW:

  • Work on Mass. Ave. I-395 Portal progressing; wall and roof forming, concrete pouring ongoing.
  • Street light, traffic signal and over-height detection signage manhole installation ongoing on Mass. Ave.

 

3RD STREET AREA NW:

  • Demolition and excavation activities at OCTO site at 3rd Street between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street are ongoing.
  • None of this work is being performed overnight and should not cause any abnormal daytime noise..

 

I-395 LANE CLOSURES:

Work in the I-395 Highway will continue 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.

3rd Street Tunnel & Capitol Crossing Projects Continue to Receive Rave Reviews:

Washingtonian Magazine highlighted Capitol Crossing as one of the most anticipated development projects in the Washington metropolitan area in its story “The Rules of Washington Real Estate” in its April edition-www.Washingtonian.com.

Landscape Architecture Magazine gets up close and personal with the mechanics of how the 3rd Street Tunnel Project has significantly improved infrastructure and brings innovative design, green building, and energy sustainability to one of the District’s most important projects in its story “City Heal Thyself.” Click link or cut and paste into your browser: https://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/2017/02/27/city-heal-thyself/

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