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From DDOT: "The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close N Street SE between 11th and 12th Street SE on Thursday, February 24. Traffic that would have used N Street SE will be permanently routed to the intersection of 12th Street and M Street SE.[.]" There are stoplights now at 12th and M; I saw them on Saturday night, and thought they were pretty new (and indeed they are!).
This is all part of the 11th Street Bridges reconstruction; see my project page for more details. This closure would seem to mainly effect Navy Yard employees who come northward across the bridges and have been able to turn left at the bottom of the ramp on N to head toward the Navy Yard's gates, and who will now have to go up to M, turn left, and then turn left on 11th.
UPDATE: In looking at the plans, and parsing the press release wording, I think the "permanently" refers to drivers coming off the 11th Street Bridge inbound having to go to 12th and M. It looks like N will still be in existence, and in fact will be built through to 12th. I can't quite tell from the various graphics how traffic will flow on the new N. But basically, the way that N is used now (as a turn off the exit ramp) won't exist anymore.
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monkeyrotica says: (2/23/11 12:38 PM)
This sucks. I use that little tunnel every work day. Now all that traffic, as well as the rest of the M Street traffic, will funnel up through the new light. What's the rationale behind closing it? Is it a structural issue?


JD says: (2/23/11 12:53 PM)
If you look at the graphics ( link ) you see that there's still a street there in the new design, that runs from 11th to 12th. But that won't be accessible as part of the new off-ramp from the inbound bridge--I think it's more to allow people from 12th east to come west on N to then get onto the 11th Street Local bridge to Anacostia.

So maybe when DDOT said "permanently," they meant that people coming off the bridges will permanently have to go up to 12th and M, not that N will be closed permanently.


JD says: (2/23/11 1:07 PM)
But also note that 11th Street is going to be two-way south of M in the new design--so if you're coming to the Navy Yard off the new 11th Street Local bridge, you would then be able to turn left into Navy Yard. *I think.* (I do see left-turn lanes at both N and O on the new northbound side of 11th Street.)


The Diarist says: (2/23/11 6:04 PM)
That actually makes sense. Since the local bridge will be moving to the other side (the 11th Street side), the need for that turn-off will become obsolete anyway. So why not close it now while you're there?


JD says: (2/24/11 9:22 AM)
@Diarist, that's true for people coming directly from Anacostia to the Navy Yard, but not for people who will be coming across the river from US 295/DC295 on the freeway bridges. They're the ones being redirected not to the 12th and M intersection, which is where the new exit ramp will eventually empty onto M as well when it's built.


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