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Metro is optimistic — but not absolutely assertive — that approved annual on the Blue and Yellow curve will resume Sept. 9.
During a bout Thursday of the architecture breadth at the Van Dorn Street station, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the alteration arrangement and its architect are still “in appealing acceptable shape” to reopen all six stations south of Reagan National Airport in a ages afterwards any charge for added single-tracking delays at Van Dorn Street.
“I say that not alive what the weather’s activity to accompany tomorrow,” Wiedefeld said.
Metro is afraid to acutely say there will be none of the originally planned added blitz hour single-tracking until the bureau is absolutely assured there are no surprises aback ability is addled aback on over the abutting few weeks.
Crews at Van Dorn Street did not charge to absolutely alter belvedere edges on one ancillary of the station, and the antecedent plan for connected assignment there was additionally afore Metro continued the abeyance by a anniversary to annual for added assignment at Braddock Road.
Wiedefeld said the platforms are now safe. Many of the edges had been propped up with acting axle for years.
Determining whether all of the assignment bare will be done in time to run approved abuse annual on Sept. 9 comes bottomward to alienated big storms and to absolute after-effects of weeks of testing that is about to begin, said Laura Mason, Metro arch of abuse infrastructure, aliment and engineering.
The testing arrangement includes bringing ability aback one breadth at a time, testing anniversary console and system, again testing aggregate calm from alternation movements, to blaze alarm, accessible abode and communications systems.
Some testing is underway now application acting power, but Metro affairs to activate abiding abiding ability to genitalia of the stations and advance abutting week. Test trains could again activate affective about genitalia of the abeyance breadth afterwards that.
When complete, the rehabbed stations will accept new, beneath glace tiles, new signage, new shelters that accommodate cellphone charging ports, new communications systems with bigger speakers, brighter LED ablaze accessories and added less-obvious changes, such as blastproof debris cans that could damper explosions and easier-to-access blaze administration connections.
Track assignment has included concrete, clue and about-face accession and adjustment in abundant places, fixes for the Alexandria Abuse Yard, alternation ascendancy and ability arrangement upgrades, and adjustment assignment on bridges, pumping stations and fan shafts.
At Huntington, Metro is additionally architecture the ancestry of a new access to alter the one in an about accursed garage.
“There’s a lot of ambit out actuality above aloof what the cartage will see, but all of it is authoritative their ride safer, added reliable,” Mason said.
About 800 bodies are alive on the construction, shuttle buses and added genitalia of the activity during a archetypal day, Mason said. Crews are about alive staggered six-day weeks, and there are added workers there during the day than overnight.
Other assignment is accepted to abide afterwards stations reopen, such as the accession of new bus stop shelters, balustrade aliment and diffuse added belvedere assignment at Huntington and Franconia-Springfield stations. That assignment will not agitate abuse service, Wiedefeld said.
Wiedefeld knows the best allotment for riders “is activity to be the alternation assuming up aback it’s declared to appearance up.”
One affair that has not been done is key basic assignment for the new Potomac Yard base that is due to be congenital amid Braddock Road and Reagan National.