It is hard to believe that we are entering the home stretch of construction of the new Potomac Yard Metrorail station. A quick recap of the significant events follows:
- May 16, 2019. The PG HOA Board of Directors published the approved Traffic Circle Settlement Order (WMATA-Potomac Greens-Stipulated Final Judgement)
- July 17, 2019. The builders (PYC) begin constructing a staging area for equipment and materials in the city-owned park at the north end of our community.
- September 6, 2019. The Virginia State Water Control Board approves an environmental permit to construct the new Metrorail station in the wetlands.
- November 15, 2019. The Army Corps of Engineers issued the final permit to begin constructing the Metrorail station in the wetlands.
- November 20, 2019. PYC begins demolition of the Traffic Circle. They later replaced it with a temporary ‘pocket park.’ PYC will restore the Traffic Circle after the Metrorail station is complete.
- November 27, 2019. The wetlands trail is closed off, and preliminary work begins in the wetlands to transplant a colony of endangered Torrey’s Rush.
- December 27, 2019. PYC places equipment in the north park staging area to clear the construction site of vegetation.
- January 2020. Actual construction of the Metrorail station begins.
- December 2022. Estimated opening of the new Metrorail station to passengers.
The PYMIG held a hybrid meeting on August 29, 2022, at 7:00 pm in-person at City Hall and via Zoom. The City posted the meeting’s agenda, video and presentation materials here. (Note: The 62-minute video and presentation materials will help you understand the synopsis below).
WMATA Track Cut Over. PYC will cut over the existing WMATA tracks to new tracks laid through the Metrorail station. The actual cut over will occur September 10-September 18. After the cut over is complete, WMATA will begin six weeks of extensive testing (September 18-October 22) to ensure all systems are operating correctly (slides 4-9 and time 02:15-09:16 of the video). If the testing is successful, WMATA trains will begin to pass through the new Metrorail station (without stopping) and the Blue Line Metrorail stations to the south will reopen.
Noise Variance. The City has approved a noise variance 24/7 to WMATA during the testing phase. Although not continuous, you can expect track noises, brakes/braking, train horns, heavy equipment noises, vehicle backup alarms, and other noises at all times of day and night (slide 10 and time 09:16-13:46 of the video). You can find project details and timelines at WMATA Construction.
Transportation Options. A detailed discussion of the alternate modes of transportation during the timeframe when the Alexandria Metrorail stations are closed can be found on slides 12-14 and time 19:46-33:15 of the video.
Construction Photos. You can find numerous photos of the current state of construction on slides 15-40. (in the presentation link listed above)
Update courtesy of Steve Crime, PG’s neighborhood liaison to PYMIG.