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DC Arts Agency Begins Restoration of Chinatown Arch

Monday, June 1, 2009

As part of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s ongoing efforts to improve the streets and advance arts in the District of Columbia, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) was asked to oversee major restoration to the 23-year-old Friendship Arch in Chinatown located at the intersection of 7th and H Streets NW. The original designer and architects of the arch, Alfred Liu and AEPA Architects and Engineers, P.C., will provide the much needed facelift. DCCAH is coordinating efforts with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to provide traffic control and scaffolding.  The work will begin June 1, 2009, weather permitting.

The work is envisioned to take 8 to 10 weeks to complete. Work is authorized to occur in the day from 7 am to 3:30 pm and at night from 9 pm to 5 am. The project will be conducted in four (4) phases. Phases one and two will consist of the installation of concrete traffic barriers and scaffolding by DDOT. Phase three (3) will consist of the actual restoration of the arch by DCCAH. Phase 4 will be the removal of the barricades and scaffolding by DDOT at the conclusion of the restoration work.

For more information, contact: Rachel Dickerson, DCCAH, (202) 724-5613 and Karyn Le Blanc, DDOT (202) 671-3490.

The project will cause street and parking restrictions. At start up, installation of the traffic barriers will necessitate night closure of traffic lanes and loss of parking in the vicinity of the arch. Installation of the scaffolding required for use in doing this restoration work will require night closure of H Street between 6th and 7th Streets and detour of traffic via 6th Street, I Street and 7th Street in the westbound direction and in the reverse direction going eastbound. Detour signs will clearly mark the route. During the arch restoration, two lanes will be maintained in each direction on H Street at all times. During the entire project, the WMATA bus stops at the intersection of 7th and H Streets will be relocated. The temporary westbound bus stop will be located on H Street midblock between 7th and 8th Streets; the eastbound stop will be located on H Street west of the intersection with 7th Street.

View lane closures and parking restrictions.