Washington Metro announced travel alternatives to help customers prepare for major Blue and Yellow line construction this fall. Starting Saturday, Sept. 10, Metro will begin work to connect the future Potomac Yard Station with the mainline rail system and to rehabilitate the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations. The projects will impact Blue and Yellow line service in two phases over eight months, and free shuttle bus service will be available for customers throughout the duration.
Potomac Yard Prep Work
Metro will connect new tracks to “tie in” the new Potomac Yard Station to the Metrorail system and ensure proper signal integration. This six-week project will require the closure of six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport through Oct. 22. Once additional testing and training are completed, Potomac Yard Station is expected to open later this fall.
Yellow Line Tunnel and Bridge Rehab
A major rehab of the Yellow Line tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza Station and the bridge across the Potomac River will begin at the same time as the Potomac Yard Station tie in and continue for eight months. Metro’s chief engineer has identified the steel-lined tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza as the agency’s top structural priority, with repairs needed to stop water intrusion and strengthen the tunnel lining. Metro will also remove and replace miles of critical communications cables used by multiple jurisdictions and repair the Yellow Line bridge during the closure.
-via Press Release