Disruptive construction surrounds Nats Park ahead of MLB All-Star Game

There are over a dozen construction projects within just a few blocks of Nationals Park. With less than a month before the All-Star Game, city officials plan to release details on their preparations for the event this coming Thursday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
There are over a dozen construction projects within just a few blocks of Nationals Park. With less than a month before the All-Star Game, city officials plan to release details on their preparations for the event this coming Thursday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Many sidewalks around Nationals Park are closed or constricted by ongoing construction along Half Street SE and N Street SE. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Many sidewalks around Nationals Park are closed or constricted by ongoing construction along Half Street SE and N Street SE. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
In front of Center Field Gate, the two mixed use buildings under construction will eventually have nearly 1,000 residential units and thousands of feet of retail space combined. For now, they are a work in progress work along Half Street SE appears only halfway complete. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
In front of Center Field Gate, the two mixed use buildings under construction will eventually have nearly 1,000 residential units and thousands of feet of retail space combined. For now, they are a work in progress work along Half Street SE appears only halfway complete. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Sidewalk sheds and scaffolding line the construction along Half Street SE and Van St SE north of Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Sidewalk sheds and scaffolding line the construction along Half Street SE and Van St SE north of Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Getting around the ballpark can be tricky with portions of sidewalks closed for utility work. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Getting around the ballpark can be tricky with portions of sidewalks closed for utility work. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The repairs to a broken water service line along M Street SE prove to be another hurdle for walkers in the neighborhood around Nats Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The repairs to a broken water service line along M Street SE prove to be another hurdle for walkers in the neighborhood around Nats Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The South Capitol Street Douglass Bridge Project is in full swing to the west of Nationals Park. The new span and new traffic circles on each end of the bridge will not open until 2021. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The South Capitol Street Douglass Bridge Project is in full swing to the west of Nationals Park. The new span and new traffic circles on each end of the bridge will not open until 2021. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A temporary pier outlines the location of the new South Capitol Street Bridge on the Anacostia River. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
District Department of Transportation crews were seen Monday touching up the lamp posts outside Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
District Department of Transportation crews were seen Monday touching up the lamp posts outside Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Call it “Crane City.” The skyline in Near Southeast is filled with construction cranes as several buildings are under construction near Nats Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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There are over a dozen construction projects within just a few blocks of Nationals Park. With less than a month before the All-Star Game, city officials plan to release details on their preparations for the event this coming Thursday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Many sidewalks around Nationals Park are closed or constricted by ongoing construction along Half Street SE and N Street SE. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
In front of Center Field Gate, the two mixed use buildings under construction will eventually have nearly 1,000 residential units and thousands of feet of retail space combined. For now, they are a work in progress work along Half Street SE appears only halfway complete. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Sidewalk sheds and scaffolding line the construction along Half Street SE and Van St SE north of Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Getting around the ballpark can be tricky with portions of sidewalks closed for utility work. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The repairs to a broken water service line along M Street SE prove to be another hurdle for walkers in the neighborhood around Nats Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The South Capitol Street Douglass Bridge Project is in full swing to the west of Nationals Park. The new span and new traffic circles on each end of the bridge will not open until 2021. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
District Department of Transportation crews were seen Monday touching up the lamp posts outside Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is coming to Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. in less than a month and, along with it, thousands of fans. But active construction in the area may threaten the fun.

The mayor’s office is expected to announce an action plan for the event in a joint news conference with the MLB, The District Department of Transportation and Metro officials this Thursday, to help the commute.

There are over a dozen active construction projects within just a few blocks of Center Field Gate. Eventually, the two mixed-use buildings will have nearly 1,000 residential units and thousands of feet of retail space combined. But for the time being, the construction is noisy, dusty and, for pedestrians, inconvenient during work hours.

Many sidewalks are either closed or constricted by temporary scaffolding. Crosswalks and bicycle lanes on N Street Southeast and Half Street Southeast are obscured or impeded by rough pavement and plate-covered trenches.

It isn’t all dust and disrepair, though. DDOT crews were atop step ladders Monday slathering a fresh coat of black paint onto the streetlights around the ballpark. Officials also touted a resurfaced sidewalk outside the Navy Yard Metro station and road resurfacing on nearby streets including Seventh Street Southeast, near M Street Southeast.

The Midsummer Classic festivities begin on Friday, July 13 with youth-oriented events at Yards Park. The events continue into Sunday and Monday with the SiriusXM All-Star Futures minor league and softball games followed by the home run derby and culminate with the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17.

It will be the first time the District has hosted the event since 1969 when the game was held at the then seven-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.


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