Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction

Page updated on Oct 21, 2021 at 4:07 PM

Project Overview

PROJECT STATUS: Construction


APPROVED BUDGET: $370 million

LOCATION: The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station site is located approximately midway between the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Braddock Road Stations along Metrorail's existing Blue and Yellow Lines. The area is bordered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the east and northeast, the Potomac Greens neighborhood to the south, and active CSX tracks, Potomac Avenue, and Potomac Yard Shopping Center to the west and northwest.

Virtual tours of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station from Summer 2019 are available to view online:

Learn more about the history of Potomac Yard and the Potomac Yard Small Area Plan.

What's Happening On-site?

Watch time-lapse video of the station under construction!

Construction Activity Alerts

After-hours Construction Activity Schedule

Potomac Yard Constructors (PYC) will be conducting after-hours construction activity on the following dates:

See Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Plans and Permits.

Please see the WMATA Track Work webpage for information on Metro service impacts.

October 22-25, 2021 

Status: Permitted
Description: Grading, fill placement, compaction, and ballast placement to connect the new station to existing WMATA tracks & Access WMATA manholes in the North West Street for electrical cable upgrades. 
Start Date:
 October 22, 2021
End Date: October 25, 2021
Work Hours: Friday at 6 PM – Monday at 7 AM
Location:  Station and North Pavilion site area and the rail corridor & North West Street adjacent to the Braddock Metro Station
What Residents Can Expect:

  • Work Site: Light tower, Heavy equipment, and Trucking noise throughout the weekend. PYC will ensure that, without compromising a safe working environment, the light towers will be pointed away from residents’ homes as much as practicable.
  • At 2601 Main Line Yard: Employee parking, use of office facilities, generators, loading and unloading of trucks with heavy equipment. 


Construction News


Construction Work

The dates and work duration periods associated with the following construction work updates are anticipated only and may be subject to change due to weather. 


AC Switchgear Building

Activity: Installation of electrical equipment.                                                              

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Duct Banks

Activity: Excavate, frame, and pour duct bank stub ups

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


North Pavilion

Activity: Install electrical conduit.

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Perform touch up painting.                                                                               

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity:  Install conduit under roof deck.

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Continue with installation of elevators and escalators.

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Pedestrian Bridge 

Activity: Continue with bolt replacement.

  • Timeframe: N/A


Activity: Painting bolt connections.

  • Timeframe: N/A


Site Work

Activity: North End: Backfill between north egress ramps.

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


South Pavilion  

Activity: No activity.

Timeframe: N/A


Station Headhouse

Activity: Mezzanine Level: Painting connections.

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Platform Level: Complete decking. 

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Activity: Basement Level: Installation of conduit in crawlspace, FSP, plumbing, and electrical conduit

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Station Platform

Activity: Installation of direct fixation slab rebar and pour concrete

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


2601 Main Line Blvd.

Activity: Sub-contractor work trailer

  • Timeframe: Ongoing
  • Note: Generator in use to supply power to trailers.

Activity: Worker van service to/from construction site

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Activity: Construction material staging

  • Timeframe: Ongoing


Construction Photo Gallery

Recent Activity

The following are photos from construction of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station:

Grading for South Emergency Egress Ramp

Direct Fixation Slab-North End

Painting at North Pavilion

View A Collection of Photos from the First Year of Construction

Project Schedule

Metro Announces Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Opening Delay

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project schedule is under revision. An updated schedule will be posted as soon it is available.

Plans and Permits

See the approved plans and permits for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, including:

Haul Routes

See the Approved Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Haul Routes

PYC Parking

Location: 2601 Main Line Blvd.

PYC is required to provide off-street parking for their workers, trucks, and trailers as a condition of the Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) approved by City Council. This lot will be located at 2601 Main Line Blvd., which is on an undeveloped block bordered by Main Line Blvd. to the west, Potomac Ave. to the east, Maskell St. to the north, and Swann Ave. to the south. The only point of access will be off Potomac Ave.

Construction site workers will be transported to and from the construction site via private shuttles. They will not be allowed to park and access the site from the street. The shuttle, construction vehicles, and the transportation of other project resources must follow approved haul routes.

If you witness a violation of these rules, please contact Brian Whiteley at 703.746.4091.

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2601 Main Line Blvd Map

Construction Noise Variances

See a list of the construction noise variances issued for this project

Construction noise in the City of Alexandria is regulated through the Section 11-5 (Noise Control) of the City Code.

Use of construction devices and power equipment is allowed:

  • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Prohibited

Pile driving is allowed:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

All construction is prohibited on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day 
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Additional information about the City’s Noise Control code, including the hours permitted for special construction activities, after hours work, decibel level specifications, and how to lodge a complaint, can be found on the City’s Noise Control page.

Questions and Comments

Please direct your questions and comments to Daphne Kott, Department of Project Implementation Design Division Chief, at 703.746.4055.