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Lane Reduction, Speed Restrictions on Highway Portion of I-395/3rd Street Tunnel set to begin on Saturday, May 2

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Commuters should anticipate delays due to the reduction of one lane on the 2nd Street Off-Ramp to Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Media Contact
Michelle Phipps-Evans, (202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Property Group Partners (PGP), the developer for the 3rd Street Tunnel project, will institute a single-lane closure that will reduce the 2nd Street off-ramp to Massachusetts Avenue from I-395 northbound to just one lane, starting Saturday, May 2, at 12:01 am, weather permitting. This closure will last approximately 17 to 19 months.

In addition, the posted speed limit on I-395 will be reduced to 35 miles per hour within this work zone.   Commuters should note that the Metropolitan Police Department will re-install speed cameras along this highway and that fines are doubled for speeding within work zones.

Traffic Impact
The ongoing lane closure on the 2nd Street off-ramp will result in moderate-to-significant traffic delays. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists will experience increased travel times, delays and traffic lines. New traffic signal modifications and lane configurations will be implemented at major intersections near the tunnel and ramps. 

Parking restrictions will be placed on D Street from 2nd Street, NW, to New Jersey Avenue, NW. Restrictions  will also be placed on New Jersey Avenue from G Street, NW, to 2nd Street, NW.

Motorists using the tunnel, adjacent roadways and detour routes are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling through this area. Truck traffic must follow truck detours and adhere to over-height restrictions.

This phase of the 3rd Street Tunnel project, which is ongoing for 17 to 19 months, is preparing the I-395 highway, between E Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, for additional construction.

Also, commuters and pedestrians should note that related roadway construction and utility relocation are occurring above the highway on Massachusetts Avenue and H Street between 2nd and 4th Street, NW.

If at all possible, motorists should use alternative routes. Likewise, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to stay alert, follow all posted signs and use caution when traveling through the work zones.

For additional details, please contact the project’s public outreach office at (202) 719-0196. For more information about the project, visit www.3rdsttunnel.com.

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