Traffic Advisory: Streetscape Construction (April 2024)

Streetscape construction.

Streetscape construction.

This message provides an update regarding the streetscape construction activity underway on the exterior of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This work is scheduled through April 2024 and includes removal of existing trees, pavers and base material where the new planters will be installed. New trees have been planted in replacement of the former trees that were removed. In the interest of public safety during this process and when necessary, bicycle racks are cordoning off the work area which includes the curb lane and a portion of the sidewalk, while allowing for pedestrian access.   

  • Construction work on N Street (between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW) has concluded. Planter boxes and benches are installed; trees and shrubbery are planted. 
  • Work on the 1000 through 1200 blocks of Ninth Street (between Allen Y. Lew Place and N Street, NW) has concluded. Planter boxes and benches are installed; trees and most shrubbery are planted, but more trees and shrubbery will be planted along the 1000 block later this spring during planting season. 
  • Work on the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Seventh Street (between Allen Y. Lew Place and M Street, NW) has concluded. Planter boxes and benches are installed; trees and shrubbery are planted.  

When/where applicable: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has issued permits to the contractor for temporary occupancy of the spaces from the curb lane to the bicycle lanes. As per the approved DDOT permit, the bike lane will not be disrupted during this work. Bicycle rack barriers have been put in place for safety reasons.  

The anticipated schedule for the remainder of the work (by area, weather permitting and barring unforeseen circumstances) is as follows:  

  • Ninth Street (between L Street and Allen Y. Lew Place, NW): Planter boxes and benches are installed; trees are planted. Shrubbery will be planted later this spring during planting season. 
  • Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station: Two planter boxes were in the WMATA zone of influence, which required WMATA approval. The planter boxes and benches are installed; trees are planted. Shrubbery will be planted later this spring during planting season. 
  • Light bulbs have been changed and lamp posts of all the streetlights around the building have been repainted, per requirement by DDOT. Currently, we are installing control nodes for each of the streetlights and will be replacing any damaged streetlight bases. 

Throughout the construction and to the extent possible, at least half of the sidewalk in each affected area will remain available for pedestrian access. There may be brief, intermittent sidewalk closures for public safety reasons.  
   
Construction schedule dates are estimated. Updates and/or changes to the schedule will be provided as additional details become available.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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