FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions):
Impact to Surrounding Area
The National Park Service and its contractors will make great efforts to minimize any negative impact of this work on the surrounding area. See the map below for the boundaries of the work area.
Q: Will the canal be drained for this construction project?
A: As of October 26, 2016, The canal was drained from Lock 5 to the Georgetown boundary during construction.
Q: Will the canal be drained for the whole duration of the project?
A: Yes, de-watering the canal is important to in relation to both of the workers and to protect the work itself.
Q: What will happen to the Justice Douglas statue?
A: As of the December 6, 2016, the Justice Douglas bust and support were crated and transferred to the Museum Resources Center in Hyattville, Maryland for cleaning and restoration. It will be put back in place after construction at Locks 3 and 4 is complete.
Q: How will site access be limited during construction?
A: A chain link fence will be erected around the job site to ensure safety, and all building materials and activities will remain within the fence line. There will be no public access to the fenced-in area.
Q: What road closures, if any, will happen?
A: The Canal towpath will be closed between Thomas Jefferson and 30th Streets NW. The towpath, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be redirected to Water Street and M Street. Please note that bicycles are to follow rules of the road and flow of traffic. Both streets are one-way. Both 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson Street NW will remain open to traffic for the duration of construction.
Q: Why was the European Basswood tree taken down?
A: For the heavy-lifting of the project to begin, the European basswood tree near Lock 3 had to, unfortunately, be removed. The park worked with engineers and restoration experts to try to work around the tree during construction, but there was no way to do so and keep the tree intact.
Q: Will there be any parking limits because of the construction area?
A: A construction area entrance on 30th Street NW will occupy one or two street parking spaces.
Q: When will construction work happen during the week?
A: Work will occur during regular business hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.