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Nighttime Closure on H Street NE between North Capitol Street and 5th Street NE for Streetcar Vehicle Delivery to Occur December 13 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013
First vehicle will be delivered to H/Benning for testing

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Reggie Sanders (202) 437-0809

Washington DC - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced it will close the eastbound and westbound lanes of H Street, NE, between North Capitol Street and 5th Street, NE, from Friday, December 13 at 7 pm to 1 am on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The closure is to allow for the delivery of the first streetcar from the testing facility in Anacostia to H Street, NE to begin the functional testing process. 

The streetcar will be delivered on a flatbed truck from the Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street, SE to H Street, NE.  Once on the corridor, the vehicle will be unloaded between 3rd Street, NE and 5th Street, NE and pushed into the tuck track on the Hopscotch Bridge. Unloading the streetcar will take approximately three hours.

For any combination of closures, local traffic will be permitted access to/from the Union Station garage and the Kaiser Permanente loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the Union Station garage and to control traffic at H Street, NE and North Capitol Street, NE.


Eastbound traffic on H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

•turn left on North Capitol Street NE going north;
•right on K Street NE going east;
•right on 5th Street NE going south;
•left on H Street NE going east. 

Westbound traffic on H Street NE, east of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

•turn right on 5th Street, NE going north;
•left on K Street, NE going west;
•left on N. Capitol Street, NE going south;
•right on H Street, NE going west. 

During the westbound closures, traffic on southbound 4th Street, NE attempting to go west on H Street,NE, will:

•turn left on H Street, NE going east;
•left on 5th Street, NE going north;
•turn right on K Street, NE and follow the detour signs back to H Street, NE.
During this closure pedestrian access, and access to establishments, along the H Street, NE will not be affected. WMATA riders are encouraged to utilize the bus stop at H Street and 6th Street NE for both eastbound and westbound service. WMATA will provide signage at existing stops that are not in service during the closures. Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst intersection (15th Street and Benning Road, NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE to the detour route on K Street, NE.

The construction team will make every effort to mitigate impacts to parking during this work. The continued support and patience of the community is essential in order to meet this aggressive completion schedule.  Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when traveling through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. Citizens are encouraged to contact the DC Streetcar team at any time to share concerns or request more information at StreetCar or (202) 210-3700. For more information on DC Streetcar, please visit www.dcstreetcar.com.