(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) plans to close the south side of the 8th Street intersection with H Street, NE during daytime hours on Friday and Saturday, January 28-29, weather permitting, to accommodate streetcar track work within the intersection. The work was originally scheduled for January 20-21, and was rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions.
The work will be done from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, January 28 and from 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday, January 29. The 700 block of 8th Street – this is the block just south of H Street – will be available only to local residential traffic. Detour signs will be posted, and flaggers will be on hand to assist motorists and pedestrians.
During this period, the 90 and 92 Metrobuses will be detoured from their regular route and stops in the 700 block of 8th Street, NE. At the 8th Street intersection with G Street, northbound buses will be re-routed west on G Street to 6th Street, north on 6th to H Street, east on H Street to 8th Street, and north on 8th Street to resume their normal route. The northbound buses will make a stop at the northeast corner of 8th and H Streets, instead of at the regular bus stop on 8th Street just south of H Street.
Southbound 90 and 92 buses will be detoured at K Street, where they will be re-routed to go east on K Street to 10th Street, south on 10th to G Street, and west on G to 8th Street where they will resume their normal route. During this period, the southbound buses will make a stop at the southeast corner of 10th and H Streets, instead of at their regular stop on 8th Street just south of H Street.
The detours for motorists are similar. Motorists traveling north on 8th Street, which is two-way, will be directed toward northbound 6th Street as the alternative. Southbound 8th Street motorists traveling toward H Street will be detoured at I Street and directed east on I Street to 10th, south on 10th, to G Street, and west on G to 8th Street.
The two-day restriction will allow for streetcar tracks to be pulled across the 8th and H Streets intersection and for concrete to be placed on the streetcar track slab across the 8th Street intersection. In the event of rain or snow, the traffic restrictions and intersection work will occur on the next available work date.
The work is part of DDOT’s H Street Reconstruction Project. More information about the project is available on the DDOT website, at dashboard.ddot.dc.gov under the Ward 6 Projects Link, or by contacting the project field office at (202) 544-7603.
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