Saturday, January 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, [email protected]
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, [email protected]
(Washington DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced initial construction activities on the 17th Street improvement project will begin Tuesday, January 24 weather permitting. Traffic lanes will be closed temporarily from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and construction activities will occur 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. The project is expected to take 18 months.
The improvements consist of traffic calming measures including raised crosswalks and curb extensions at intersections, ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, roadway resurfacing in some areas, lighting improvements, and traffic signal modifications.
Work will be done a few blocks at a time and activities on the east side will be completed in each respective area before activities begin on the west side.
In preparation of roadway repairs and improvements, temporary signs and temporary pedestrian walkways and ramps will be installed when needed.
All driveway access will be maintained and the workers will coordinate with property owners for demolition and reconstruction of entrances.
DDOT has worked closely with the contractor to create a viable transportation plan for the project during all phases of construction and will alert all commuters and stakeholders a minimum of 72 hours ahead of any traffic impacts.
Traffic control signs will be in place to guide travelers along each work zone and direct traffic to alternative routes when necessary.
Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the work zone.
The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.