Progress towards D.C.'s first streetcar line in over 50 years will become much more visual today, as the D.C. Department of Transportation will start installing the a network of thin-stainless steel wires that will be used to support the lines that will power the streetcars up and down a 2.2-mile stretch of H Street and Benning Road NE.
According to DDOT, motorists should expect rolling road closures along the route throughout the day:
Motorists should be aware that rolling closures up and down H Street, NE will be implemented to facilitate this installation. At approximately 7 am on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the construction team will begin installing each section of head span wire from the south side of H Street, NE to the north side, between 3rd Street, NE and 14th Street, NE. Each closure will take approximately 2-3 minutes, stopping traffic going eastbound and westbound as the construction team moves along the corridor hanging wire.
DDOT is in the final stages of construction on the line, which will be the first of what city officials hope is a 37-mile streetcar network crossing from H Street to Georgetown and Buzzard Point to Takoma or Silver Spring, as well as across the Anacostia River.
Though officials had hoped to have passenger service launched by the end of the year, delays in the delivery of two additional streetcars will likely push it into early 2014.