5th/6th Street Intersection Closed February 9


CSX closed the intersection of 5th/6th Street, S.E., at Virginia Avenue Thursday February 9, following the re-opening of 3rd Street. The 5th/6th Street intersection will be closed for up to 7 weeks while the existing temporary bridge deck over the excavation for the first new tunnel is removed and the temporary bridge deck for Phase II of the tunnel project is installed.
The 6th Street exit ramp from I-695 was narrowed last week from two lanes to one. This is necessary to allow the installation of new storm drains and perform other necessary tasks to prepare for the transition to the modified 6th Street ramp that will be constructed as part of Phase II of the tunnel project. The ramp will remain one lane throughout the duration of the work in the 5th/6th Street intersection.
More details about this lane change and closing of the intersection is available here on the project website.
This closure is similar to the closure that occurred during Phase I of tunnel construction. Traffic will be limited on 5th Street north of K Street while that intersection is closed. All through-traffic wishing to reach destinations north of Virginia Avenue will be detoured to 7th Street or other north-south connections. Only vehicles wishing to access residences in the 900 block of 5th Street, including the Capper Center, should enter the block. All other vehicles should follow detour signs to L Street and 7th Street for travel north of Virginia Avenue.
While the intersection is closed, detour signs will be placed south of Virginia Avenue on K Street, L Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and on the westbound lanes of Virginia Avenue S.E. (north of I-695), to direct drivers around the closure. A pathway for pedestrians will remain open across the intersection throughout the period that the street is closed.
Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

Friday, February 10, 2017