|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, email@example.com
DDOT Expands Rush-Hour Restrictions Ahead of Second SafeTrack Surge, Beginning this Weekend
Thousands affected by shutdown between Eastern Market and Minnesota/Benning Road; commuters urged to find alternate travel options
(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced plans to expand extended rush hours’ no parking zones as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s strategy to mitigate the impact of WMATA’s SafeTrack repair work. The next phase of repairs begins Saturday, June 18 and will last until Sunday, July 3, 2016.
During the 16-day period, WMATA will close the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines between the Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue/Benning Road stations, and suspend Blue Line service in Maryland and the District, impacting more than 290,000 commuters.
Extended morning and evening rush-hour parking restrictions, which began June 6, will continue and be expanded to include the following corridors:
- 1500 – 2100 Benning Road NE
- 1000 – 1400 Florida Avenue NE
- Unit – 600 New York Avenue NW
- 600 – 1600 North Capitol Street NE and NW
DDOT has also imposed a moratorium on construction for the following key corridors from June 18-July 3:
- 600-1400 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
- 1400-1800 Potomac Avenue SE
- 400-Unit Block 19th Street SE
- 1600-4400 East Capitol Street
- 4500-4600 Benning Road NE
- 100-200 45th Street NE
- 4500-4600 Central Avenue NE
- 3700-4100 Minnesota Avenue NE
- 4300-Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE to 4100 Deane Avenue NE
- Unit Block-500 17th Street SE
The District will also enhance real-time retiming of traffic signals, increase deployment of traffic control officers along bus bridges and high-impact corridors, monitor traffic volume and congestion through the citywide Traffic Operations and Control Center, and increase Roadway Operations Patrol staff during rush hours.
“This next phase of work by WMATA will have a much greater impact on the transportation network and it’s imperative that commuters develop travel alternatives now,” said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo. “WMATA bus bridges will only be able to carry half the people who normally travel through the Eastern Market to Minnesota/Benning corridor. Metrorail customers who remain on the system should anticipate much longer commute times.”
DDOT will also provide additional staging areas for taxi cabs and passenger pick up in the following location:
- Eastern Market–400 block of 7th Street SE (eastside)
Capital Bikeshare is enhancing corral service at areas impacted by SafeTrack operations with additional Bikeshare parking Mondays through Fridays at the following locations:
- 17th and K Street NW, 8 am to 12 pm
- 21st and I Street NW, 8 am to 12 pm
- 13th Street and New York Avenue NW, 8 am to 12 pm
- Eastern Market, 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm (the first week only)
DDOT will continue to use all of its resources to alleviate traffic impacts during SafeTrack. For more information on the District’s response to SafeTrack and to learn about alternative transit options, visit safetrack.godcgo.com.
The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.
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