Thursday, June 2, 2011

E Street closed until OCTOBER

We have posted before about the closing of E Street's eastbound lanes between 4th and 5th Streets and the lack of any notice that it was going to be happening.

DDOT has finally gotten back to us on the project, and they say E Street will be closed until OCTOBER.

That means to go eastbound on E Street, you either have to detour up to F Street or down to D StreetD Street is harder because Indiana Ave comes into it, and with Police Headquarters and D.C. Superior Court there, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic (very little of which is within the crosswalks).

Going up to F Street is easier, with a stop sign at 5th and F.  However, there is the Judiciary Square metro stop and a crosswalk halfway up that block at the National Building Museum, and if trains are just letting off you can be stuck for awhile.   Turning right onto 4th Street works, but there is often a lot of double-parking in front of the U.S. Attorney's Office, so it is often easier to go up to 3rd Street.

It looks like we better get used to these alternate routes since E Street will be impassible until October.  No word on whether the Westbound lanes will stay open that entire time.

The construction is taking place for the National Law Enforcement Memorial, which will be underground at that location.   E Street has been under almost constant construction there for the past few years.  With a sidewalk and partial lane closure for the D.C. Court of Appeals finally opening, the entire street has now closed. 

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