Traffic Advisory: Streetscape Construction May 2023

Streetscape construction on N Street.

Streetscape construction on N Street.


May 23, 2023  

This message provides an update regarding the streetscape construction activity underway on the exterior of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This work is now scheduled through January 2024 and includes removal of existing trees, pavers, and base material where the new planters will be installed. New trees will be planted during the spring planting season. In the interest of public safety during this process, 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.  

The next phase of work began February 17 and is scheduled until the end of July 2023 on the 1200 block of Ninth Street (between M and N Streets, NW). Work began on the 1100 block of Ninth Street (between L and M Streets, NW) on May 2 and is scheduled through mid-September.  

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:  

  • Seventh Street (between L and M Streets, NW): end of July to mid-November 

  • Seventh Street (between L Street and Mt. Vernon Place, NW): late August to mid-December 

  • Ninth Street (between L and Mt. Vernon Place, NW): end of October to end of January 

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.