Starburst Plaza Work Requires Traffic & Pedestrian Restrictions for about One Week Posted on June 26, 2013 On Monday, July 1st, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to implement traffic restrictions at the Starburst Plaza intersection of Benning Road and Bladensburg Road. The restrictions will be in place for approximately one week to facilitate drilling the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) foundations on the northeast corner of the intersection. The OCS foundations are part of the overhead catenary infrastructure required to power the streetcar system. During the work period, an RT (rough terrain) crane, a drill rig, and other heavy equipment will be stationed on site. The work area will be secured by chain link fencing. Traffic restrictions: Northeast-bound traffic on Maryland Avenue from the middle of the 1400 block through the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane. Northbound traffic on 15th Street from the middle of the 700 block through the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane. Northbound traffic on Bladensburg Road between Benning Road and Maryland Avenue will be restricted to one lane. Westbound traffic on Benning Road between 16th Street (the Hechinger Mall entrance) and the Starburst intersection will be restricted to one lane. Pedestrian restrictions: The northbound/southbound Benning Road crosswalk will be closed at the east side of the Bladensburg Road intersection; pedestrians on Benning Road will be directed to cross at the 16th Street crosswalk. The eastbound/westbound Bladensburg crosswalk on the south side of the Morse Street/Maryland Avenue intersection will be closed; pedestrians will be directed to the north side of the intersection. Pedestrians may continue to use the Starburst Plaza area that is outside the work-zone fence. Bus stop changes: The X1, X2, X3, X9 Metrobus stop on the westbound side of Benning Road just east of 16th Street will be relocated further east at the approximate mid-point of the 1600 block of Benning Road. The B2 Metrobus stop on the northbound side of Bladensburg Road at the Starburst Plaza will be relocated to the north, adjacent to CVS. The B2 Metrobus stop on 15th Street will be relocated approximately 80 feet south of its current location. Parking Restrictions: Parking will be prohibited on the east side of 15th Street between Benning Road and the alley adjacent to 713 15th Street NE. Parking will be prohibited on the south half of the 800 block of Bladensburg Road (northbound only). Advance warning signs will be posted. The schedule is subject to change due to 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. Please direct inquiries to [email protected]dcstreetcar.com. Thank you for your patience!