Thursday, April 21, 2011

Traffic Mayhem On New York Ave to Begin 4/22/11


Brace yourself for the extended delays around the New York and Florida Ave corridor as part of the New York Ave bridge construction. This along with the daily headaches of the Dave Thomas circle will add extra time to residents commute for the next couple of years so be prepared.
Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Transportation

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Media Contact:  John Lisle at (202) 671-2004
REMINDER: New York Avenue to Lose One-Third of Lane Capacity on/about April 25
Bridge Between Florida Avenue and Penn Street, NE to be Reduced from Three Lanes to Two in Both Directions
Set-up Activities for New Traffic Pattern Start at 10 pm on Friday, April 22

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) would like to remind travelers that on or about April 25, weather permitting, one-third of the lane capacity will be reduced on the New York Avenue Bridge between Penn Street, NE and Florida Avenue, NE. The lane closures are necessary for the next phases of the reconstruction of the bridge.

By 5 am on Monday, April 25 only two lanes per direction will be open for traffic on New York Avenue along this stretch.  The set-up activity for this new traffic pattern will occur over the weekend starting at 10 pm on Friday, April 22.

Commuters traveling over the New York Avenue Bridge can expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes in the project area for the duration of the lane reduction, which is anticipated to last approximately two years.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has developed alternate routes and incentive programs to encourage commuters to try a new way into and out of the District.

“DDOT is aware of the substantial impacts these required closures will have on this already congested corridor. Providing travelers with alternate routes and offering incentives to utilize alternate modes of transportation are just some of the ways DDOT is proactively working to minimize impacts in the project area,” said DDOT Chief Engineer Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson.

Some of the specific tools put in place by DDOT to help travelers cope during this time include:

1.      New York Avenue Bridge Bucks – DDOT already has received nearly 400 applications to the New York Avenue Bridge Bucks incentive program that is designed expressly for New York Avenue commuters. The first 2,000 commuters accepted into the Bridge Bucks program will receive a monthly incentive of $50 loaded onto their SmarTrip card, or other fare media, for whatever transportation alternative best suits their individual commuting needs (including bus, rail or vanpool options). The program is available on a first come, first serve basis to commuters who commute over the New York Avenue Bridge, NE. Applications are being accepted now through the project website, Please be sure to include valid driver’s license information on all applications.

2.      Alternate Routes – Viable alternate routes for vehicular commuters and a pedestrian detour have been identified and are available for further exploration on the project website.

·         Option 1: Montana Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street
·         Option 2: West Virginia Avenue to Florida Avenue
·         Option 3: South Dakota Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street
·         Option 4: I-295 to two potential exits: Benning Road or East Capitol Street

3.      Real-Time Traffic Updates – DDOT provides real-time updates on Variable Message Boards within the New York Avenue corridor. These strategically placed message boards will be updated constantly to caution travelers about traffic conditions in the project area, enabling them to divert onto alternate routes.

4.      Project Tweets – Before hitting the road, travelers signed up to the project Twitter account, @NYAve411, will receive regular construction alerts and updates traffic updates.

5.      Coordination with Neighbors – DDOT is working in close coordination with transportation and emergency services in Maryland and Virginia to ensure all are prepared and aware of the impending pattern shift.

For more information about the project, DDOT’s impact mitigation efforts, alternate routes and to apply for the New York Avenue Bridge Bucks program, visit the project website, For construction alerts and updates, follow the project on Twitter, @NYAve411.

The New York Avenue Bridge, NE is utilized by more than 87,000 vehicles each day and crosses several busy commuter and freight rail lines run by Amtrak, CSX and WMATA. DDOT has worked in close coordination with these agencies throughout the planning process to ensure the safety of both those travelling the rails and road during construction. This coordination also has served to help identify the optimal time to begin construction, which takes into account all the possible impacts on the various modes of transportation in the project area. DDOT’s New York Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project is funded fully by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Construction is scheduled to continue into 2013 with long term benefits that will ease congestion and improve safety.

DDOT encourages all motorists to Stay Alert as they travel in this corridor.


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