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Installation of Emergency Communication Systems to Begin in the I-395 Tunnel

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Media Contacts

Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, [email protected]
Terry Owens – (202) 763-8635, [email protected]

(Washington DC) Starting Tuesday, October 27, 2015, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close a single northbound lane in the I-395 Mall tunnel  from 8 pm to 4 am, temporarily altering traffic patterns with single-lane closures (left or right) during the overnight hours for the next six months.  

The work will shift to a single southbound lane closure on Wednesday night, October 28, from about 10 pm to 4 am the following morning.

These closures are necessary so that DDOT can begin the installation of the Emergency Communications Systems in the Mall tunnel. These periodic alterations will occur during construction for the length of the Mall tunnel, bounded by C Street SW on the south end and D Street NW on the north end. This multi-phase project is expected to be completed by spring 2016, weather permitting.  

The work will include the installation of the AM-FM rebroadcast system, emergency public address system and a tunnel radio system compliant with DC safety codes. 

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone. DDOT will continue to inform the public of lane closures and changes as they occur.

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