Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction

Page updated on Jan 15, 2021 at 9:57 AM

Project Overview

PROJECT STATUS: Construction


APPROVED BUDGET: $320 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.

Construction News

View A Collection of Photos Illustrating one Year of Construction

January 11, 2021 Update

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: Pouring drainage pits, floor slabs, and equipment slabs
  • Timeframe: Through end of January


North Pavilion
Activity: Complete structural steel

  • Timeframe: Through end of January      

Activity: Form frost walls

  • Timeframe: Through beginning of February              

South Pavilion
Activity: Installation of erosion and sediment control 

  • Timeframe: Ongoing 

Activity: Installation of perimeter fence; clearing and grubbing

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Removal of median nose at intersection of Seaton Avenue and Potomac Avenue

  • Timeframe: Through end of January
  • Approved MOT for pedestrian and bicycle traffic

Station Headhouse and Platform  
Activity: East Headhouse Mezzanine: Mezzanine floor slab pour; installation of slab electrical and drainage work

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: West Headhouse Mezzanine: Pouring of bridge abutment wall; installation mezzanine slab shoring tower

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Platforms: Pouring of corbel stone and overhang

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Installation of duct banks

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Knuckle Pier
Activity: Stripping of knuckle beams

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

2601 Main Line Blvd.
Activity: Worker van service to/from construction site

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Activity: Construction material staging

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

Construction Gallery

The following are photos from work recently completed on the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station site:

New photos will be posted by COB on 1/15/2021


All prior construction updates can be found in the Construction Updates Archive.

Project Schedule

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction Schedule 2020.09.02

Current as of June 29, 2020

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.

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

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.