Smithsonian Independence Avenue entrance escalator replacement to begin January 23, 2017

Smithsonian Independence Ave Entrance

On January 23, 2017, Metro will begin a major capital project replacing the three entrance escalators at the Independence Avenue entrance of Smithsonian station. The project will replace the current escalators, which were installed when the station opened and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro's contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of our ongoing project to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system.  

How will this work affect my trip?

Smithsonian has two entrances providing access to the station. On Independence Avenue, while one escalator is replaced, customers will continue to have access to the remaining two escalators and the elevator. The Mall entrance will remain in service during construction.

How long will the project take?

This escalator replacement is expected to take about 1 1/2 years for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing.

How can I stay informed about the project?

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