Work on the U Street NW Streetscape Project resumes today, October 1, after a five-month delay while the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) waited on a permit from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
The Streetscape Project entails the reconstruction of a 0.4-mile segment of U Street NW (from 9th Street to 14th Street). The project will improve and landscape the sidewalk areas, repair the roadway and upgrade streetlights, traffic signals and storm drains.
This week, the contractor will start excavating trenches along U Street between 9th and 14th Streets to install new electrical conduits. This work will begin on the north side of U Street at the 900 block and proceed west toward 14th Street, one block at a time. After the electrical conduit work is completed on the north side the contractor will begin working on the south side of U Street. Work on the south side of U Street will begin at the 1400 block and proceed east toward 9th Street, one block at a time.
Throughout the duration of the electrical work, sidewalk and building access will not be affected. However, the curbside parking spaces located adjacent to the immediate work areas will be temporarily restricted between 9 am and 3 pm.
Once the electrical phase of the project is complete, construction will begin on the sidewalk, curb and gutter projects. The entire Streetscape Project is expected to be complete in Spring, 2013.
For more information about the U Street NW Streetscape Project and to sign up for future updates, visit UStreetProject.com.