DC Water will begin work on the two-phase internal joint repairs project today, impacting traffic on Canal Road and M Street.
One eastbound lane on Canal Road will be closed during work hours, which are between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. From Sunday through Thursday work will take place between 9:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
The work involves rehabilitating a 48-inch water main, which is part of a larger transmission main that delivers drinking water to various locations in and around the District.
The repairs should will fix a main known for consistent leakages that have led to icy conditions along the surrounding roadway, according to Emanuel Briggs, construction outreach coordinator for DC Water.
The first phase of the Internal Joint Repairs project will occur on the section of the pipe located on Canal Road from MacArthur Boulevard/Foxhall Road to 35th Street, NW.
At the Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting last week, commissioners asked about the work overnight and raised concerns about noise. However the DC Water team said something had to give and the tradeoff for no overnight noise would have impacted traffic in an already congested corridor.
The second phase of the work will take place on M Street between 26th Street and New Hampshire Avenue/Ward Place, NW.