Work will begin Tuesday at the north entrance between East-West Highway and Second Ave. There will be a four-month closure of the entrance during construction to facilitate the replacement of the escalators simultaneously.
Metro said that Metrorail service will not be impacted, and customers will be able to access the station via the escalator and elevator at the south entrance closest to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center.
“The north entrance between East-West Highway and Second Avenue has two escalators leading from the lower level entrance to the upper platform,” Metro said in a news release. “Closing the entrance will cut the construction time in half. Additionally, replacing the escalators one at a time would leave only one stationary escalator for customers to walk both up and down at the same time.”
Upon completion of the escalators on the north side, the entrance will reopen, and work will begin to replace the three escalators at the south entrance. The entrance will remain open while the new escalators are installed one at a time. The construction process, completed by Metro’s contractor KONE, is expected to take approximately 11 months in total.