Thursday, June 16, 2011


Neighbors... Please be aware that DDOT has issued a travel advisory.

DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) in association with the Great Streets Pennsylvania Avenue Project will close the north side and south side of Branch Avenue SE at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE to rebuild the roadway starting on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:00am; weather permitting. Vehicles will be prohibited from turning north or south onto Branch Avenue SE from Pennsylvania Avenue SE during this closure.

This closure will begin on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:00am and will continue through Monday, July 11, 2011 at 5:00am at which time the roadway will be re-opened.

Due to heavy traffic volume and depth that DDOT contractors are required to the dig (28-inches deep), it was determined that DDOT could not safely maintain traffic on the 100-foot segment of Branch Avenue SE while rebuilding the roadway. This action will allow DDOT to completely rebuild these two areas of Branch Avenue and place asphalt in a four day period without contractors having to do half the road at a time while maintaining traffic.

Project Closure Limits:

Branch Avenue will be closed from Pennsylvania Avenue to approximately 100 feet north and south of Pennsylvania Avenue. There will be NO ACCESS onto Branch Avenue SE at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE and no additional closures will occur in the areas not listed. Several detours are available and the remainder of Branch Avenue will remain open and accessible to residents and police.

Variable Message Board (VMS) will be set up throughout the impact area to alert motorists of the upcoming closures. Sidewalks will remain open and temporary crosswalks will be set up at intersections.


Please note that detours listed below are specific to travelling on Branch Avenue SE. If you are familiar with the impact area, feel free to use alternate routes. Branch Avenue, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, is the ONLY area that will be closed. All other streets and intersections will be open for through traffic.

Vehicles travelling south (outbound):

· At Randle Circle, make a right onto Massachusetts Avenue SE.
· Travel east on Massachusetts Avenue SE, then make a right onto Alabama Avenue SE.
· Travel south on Alabama Avenue SE, then make a left onto Branch Avenue SE.
· Continue on Branch Avenue into Maryland.

Vehicles travelling north (inbound):

· Travelling north on Branch Avenue in MD, make a right onto Southern Avenue SE.
· Travel on Southern Avenue SE, then make a left onto Pennsylvania Avenue SE

· Travel on Southern Avenue SE, then make a left onto Massachusetts Avenue SE.
· At Randle Circle, take any exit to your destination.

DDOT thanks you for their patience as we move forward bringing an enhanced Great Streets network that will serve the greater community. All motorists are asked to stay alert as they travel through or near this work zone area. For more information please contact DDOT Project Engineer Luan Tran 202.904.3911.

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