Friday, September 23, 2011

Traffic Alert - Pennsylvania Ave. Great Street Project

Beginning September 26, 2011, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces a change in traffic patterns on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between Branch Avenue SE and Southern Avenue SE in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project. Traffic pattern changes are required to complete the major roadwork involved by the end of 2011.
DDOT has reviewed the current scope and phasing of work and determined the portion of the project, currently under construction between Branch Avenue SE and Southern Avenue SE, can be consolidated with a completion date of December 2011 for all major roadwork. All final surface asphalt, landscaping and “punch list” items will wrap up early spring 2012.
On Monday, September 26, 2011, traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between Branch Avenue SE and 38th Street SE will flow with one lane in each direction until October 2011. The portion of the project from 38th Street to Southern Avenue SE shall be reduced to one lane in each direction from October 2011 to December 2011. Once the segments are rebuilt, the new lanes will be opened to allow traffic to flow two lanes in each direction.
Please note that work hours will be 7:00am to 7:00pm, 6 days a week although the limits of construction work zones will be expanded. We ask that you use alternate routes and proceed with caution as you travel through the construction work area.
Suggested alternate routes include:
· Suitland Road to Alabama Avenue SE to Good Hope Road SE
· Massachusetts Avenue SE to Minnesota Ave SE
Keep in mind:
· Variable Message Boards (VMS) will be set up throughout the impact area to alert motorists of any upcoming traffic changes.
· Sidewalks will be kept open and temporary crosswalks will be set up at intersections.
· Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.
· Plan ahead to minimize delays and use alternate routes to avoid the area.
As always, we truly appreciate the community’s patience and support on this streetscape project. If you have any questions please contact DDOT Project Engineer Luan Tran at 202.671.4649.

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