Installation of Plates for New OCS Streetlight Poles to Begin July 18th on H Street NE

On Thursday, July 18th, the DC Streetcar construction team plans to begin placing the steel plates that form the base for the 68 new joint-use Overhead Catenary System (OCS) streetlight poles to be installed along H Street NE later this summer.

The work will begin in the 400 and 500 blocks and steadily extend throughout the H Street Corridor from 3rd Street to 15th Street, where the existing 20-foot streetlight poles were removed in May. The OCS foundations are currently covered by orange plastic barrels and plywood sealed with temporary asphalt. At each location, workers will remove these temporary coverings and permanently install a three-foot-round, three-inch-thick steel plate. Workers will use boom trucks to lower the plates into place. It is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete the plate installation throughout the H Street Corridor.

The new 30-foot OCS streetlight poles, taller and sturdier than the poles that were removed, are designed to support electrical components feeding power to the streetcars. The existing poles will be used elsewhere in the city. The teardrop light fixtures and H Street banners will be reinstalled on the new poles.

Brief Work-Crew Use of Curb Lane/Traffic Lane Space

During each plate installation, construction vehicles and workers will occupy the parking lane and right traffic lane adjacent to the work location. Advance warning signs will be in place to inform the public about temporary traffic lane restrictions. Pedestrian-safety signage will guide the public away from the work zones.

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 Thank you for your patience!


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