Streetcar construction means traffic pattern changes

WASHINGTON — Monday marks the first day of construction for the D.C. Streetcar Project and traffic will be affected along H Street and Benning Road.

The work is scheduled for completion by mid-June and will extend the streetcar tracks from 3rd Street Northeast to the top of Hopscotch Bridge, according to a news release.

Once finished, it will provide access to Union Station and allow the streetcar to change directions.

According to DC Streetcar, traffic will be affected as follows:

  • I Street, currently one-way east, will be made two-way from 3rd Street to 5th Street, continuing until October.
  • The 800 block of 3rd Street, between H and I Streets, will be restricted to local traffic only. Entrance to and exit from this block of 3rd Street will be at I Street only.
  • The 700 block of 3rd Street, between G and H Streets, also will be restricted to local traffic only. Entrance to and exit from this block of 3rd Street will be at G Street only.
  • Parking will be temporarily removed on 3rd Street between H and I Streets, except for spaces in front of the residences on the northeast portion of 3rd Street near I Street.
  • No turns onto 3rd Street will be permitted from H Street.
  • Parking will be temporarily removed on H Street between 4th Street and the Hopscotch Bridge, eastbound and westbound.
  • The Kaiser Permanente building and the Union Station loading dock will be right-in, right-out only. This is a permanent change.

Dara Ward, with The District Department of Transportation, says drivers should be on the lookout for parking and turning restrictions around the area.

Streetcar service should be available before the end of the year.

WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report.

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