Phase 2 of the Third Street Tunnel Utility Relocation Project


Monday, November 17, 2014

 Media Contacts

Reggie Sanders — 202-437-0809,

Michelle Phipps-Evans — 202-497-0124,


 Phase 2 of the Third Street Tunnel Utility Relocation Project along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW will Begin Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crews to Work Overnight November 17, 2014 (starting at 7 pm) to implement Traffic Pattern Shift – Expect Detours

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that Phase 2 the Third Street Tunnel Project for utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street, NW, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  The related work, involving removal, relocation and replacement of existing underground utilities will impact both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and is expected to last six months, weather permitting.

Construction activities during this phase will generally occur during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday work, scheduled only as needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Phase II Traffic Pattern Shifts:

  • 3rd Street will be closed north of the H Street; traffic will be redirected around this intersection (to utilize 4th and I Streets) for the full duration of Phase 2.
  • H Street will be re-opened westbound, allowing traffic to travel directly through the Massachusetts Avenue intersection from 2nd to 4th Streets; eastbound traffic will remain as currently configured.
  • Temporary Lane Closures should be expected between 7:00am to 12:00am.  Traffic barrels, cones, and flaggers shall be implemented to redirect traffic as necessary.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the work zone. Pedestrians are reminded to follow the sidewalk detours and not to enter into the work zones for their own safety and the safety of the construction crews.

 Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, use alternate routes or seek alternate means of transportation, as traffic delays are likely to occur.

 For additional details please contact the project’s public outreach office at 202-719-0196.

For more information about the project, please visit:

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