Traffic Signal Pole Replacement Begins On H Street

During early June, DC Streetcar construction crews will begin removing the existing streetlight/traffic signal poles at twelve H Street intersections, replacing them with temporary structures, and later installing joint-use OCS (Overhead Catenary System) streetlight/traffic signal poles.

At each H Street intersection from 3rd Street through 14th Street, construction crews will carry out the work on the poles on each of  the four corners, each of which carries a streetlight and a traffic signal head. On each corner, the first step will be to erect a temporary pole, then fit it with a streetlight and a traffic signal head. Once the crew confirms that the lights and signals are operating, the existing pole and its fixtures will be removed and stored off-site for use elsewhere within the District.

The intersections will never be without streetlights and working traffic signals.

The poles that are being removed were installed on top of OCS foundations. The joint-use OCS poles are necessary to support electrical components feeding power to the streetcars. These types of OCS poles were not available for use when the existing poles were installed during the H Street Reconstruction Project in 2009-2011

Installation of the new joint-use OCS poles will take place later this summer.

Brief Work-Crew Use Of Curb Lane/Right Traffic Lane

The work is expected to take two days at each intersection. During that time, construction vehicles and workers will occupy the parking lane and right traffic lane adjacent to the work area. Portions of the sidewalk in and near the work area will also be cordoned off, to prevent hazards to pedestrians.


Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. 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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