Two lanes of eastbound New York Avenue, NE remain closed today between Montana Avenue and Bladensburg Road, due to a water main break. WASA crews are working to repair the damage under the roadway, and the two affected lanes will remain closed until further notice.
Significant traffic delays are expected during the afternoon rush hour. Outbound traffic should stay to the left to get by. Motorists are advised to avoid New York Avenue and plan alternative routes if possible. Here are three possible detours around the work zone:
- Take Rhode Island Avenue east to southbound South Dakota Avenue to eastbound New York Avenue.
- Take Florida Avenue southeast to Benning Road, and go east to I-295.
- Take Florida Avenue southeast to 14th Street, NE and go south to Maryland Avenue. Make a left on Maryland and then another left on Bladensburg Road. At the intersection of Bladensburg and New York Avenue, make a right turn.
DDOT Road Operation Patrols have deployed variable message signs (VMS) to direct drivers to the alternate routes. Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) will be deployed starting at New York and Montana, New York and Florida and New York and North Capitol Street to assist with traffic flow through the New York Avenue corridor. Also, traffic signal timings have been altered to allow for additional time for vehicles on New York Avenue to move through the corridor (150 second plan to give additional green to all approaches at Bladensburg). The corridor has already been transitioned to PM rush hour timing.