Roadway Closures on H Street between N. Capitol and 5th Streets for OCS Installation

Starting Wednesday, December 4, 2013 through Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, eastbound and westbound traffic on H Street NE between N. CapitolStreet NE and 5th Street NE will be closed intermittently for the installation of overhead catenary system (OCS) and to complete the permanent traffic barrier at the Western Turnaround.

To mitigate traffic impacts, crews will attempt to maintain one direction of traffic; however, there will be occasional simultaneous eastbound and westbound closures.  With the exception of a two-day period for the installation of contact wire (1/2 day closure in each direction), crews will attempt to limit the closures to one direction per day.

For any combination of closures, local traffic will be permitted access to/from the Union Station garage and Kaiser loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the garage, and to control traffic at H Street NE and North Capitol Street NE.


All eastbound H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn left on N. Capitol Street NE going north;
  • right on K Street NE going east;
  • right on 5th Street NE going south;
  • left on H Street NE going east.

All westbound H Street traffic, east of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

  • turn right on 5th Street NE going north;
  • left on K Street NE going west;
  • left on N. Capitol Street NE going south;
  • right on H Street NE going west.

During the westbound closures, traffic on southbound 4th Street NE attempting to go west on H Street NE, will:

  • turn left on H Street NE going east;
  • left on 5th Street NE going north;
  • turn right on K Street NE and follow the detour signs back to H Street NE.

Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. The WMATA stop located at 4th Street NE and H Street NE will remain in service. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst (15th Street NE and Benning Road NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE, to the detour route on K Street NE.

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 or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

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