Rolling Closures on H Street NE between 3rd and 14th for Installation of Head Span Wire

DDOT is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the DC Streetcar construction team will begin installing head span wire along the corridor. Well into the final stage of construction along H/Benning, the hanging of head spans mark a milestone in the timeline for delivering streetcars to the H/Benning corridor in December to begin their official in-traffic safety testing process.

Motorists should be aware that rolling closures up and down H Street NE will facilitate this installation. At approximately 7:00 am on Wednesday, the construction team will begin installing each section of head span wire from the south side of H Street NE to the north side, between 3rd Street NE and 14th Street NE. Each closure will take approximately 2-3 minutes, and stop traffic going eastbound and westbound, as the construction team moves along the corridor hanging wire.

The thin, stainless-steel wire supports the contact wires that will power the streetcars. Once the head span wire has been installed and safe connections are made to Overhead Catenary System (OCS) hardware and poles, all lanes will be reopened. Contact wire will be strung in the next phase of work and an additional notice will be sent out at that time.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the installation of head span wire. DDOT and WMATA are working together to make certain their level of service is maintained along the corridor.

We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at [email protected] or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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