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As promised last week, D.C. will suspend public-space construction permits on 10 “high-priority bus corridors” in order to ease congestion created by Metro’s implementation of SafeTrack, its yearlong maintenance plan for the rail system.
The moratorium begins June 18 and lasts until July 3 along the following streets, according to the District Department of Transportation:
600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE to 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE
1400 block of Potomac Avenue SE to 1800 block of Potomac Avenue SE
400 block of 19th Street SE to unit block of 19th Street SE
1600 block of East Capitol Street to 4400 block of East Capitol Street
4500 block of Benning Road NE to 4600 block of Benning Road NE
100 block of 45th Street NE to 200 block of 45th Street NE
4600 block of Central Avenue NE to 4500 block of Central Avenue NE
3700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE to 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue NE
4300 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE to 4100 block of Deane Avenue NE
Unit block of 17th Street SE to 500 block of 17th Street SE
Another restriction will be in effect on I-295 from Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE to East Capitol Street. “The public is advised that lane closures and construction-related deliveries, including manhole access, will not be allowed in the District’s right of way on these suspended roadways,” DDOT says. It tells people to report violations to (202) 671-2700.
The jury’s still out on whether SafeTrack is leading to D.C. Carmageddon, groan-inducing anecdotes aside: As WAMU reports, initial data from DDOT and the Virginia Department of Transportation paints a more complicated traffic picture.