Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction

This new page will serve as a dashboard for news and information about all Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project site activity.

Page updated on Mar 27, 2020 at 9:07 AM

Project Overview

PROJECT STATUS: Pre-Construction


APPROVED BUDGET: $320 million

PROPOSED LOCATION: The proposed 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


After-Hours Construction Begins Friday, March 6, 2020

For three weekends, starting this Friday, March 6, 2020, Potomac Yard Constructors will be conducting overnight work on WMATA tracks and land in the vicinity of the Carpenter Rd. site entrance. This work requires safe access to the WMATA rail lines and surrounding land while the Metro is not in service, so the window of opportunity for completing this work is limited. For more information, please read this Notice of Activity being disseminated to community members.

March 26, 2020 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: Formation and placement of concrete for the building foundation and walls

  • Timeframe: Ongoing

North Pavilion
Activity: Formation of north pavilion foundation

  • Timeframe: Ongoing           

Potomac Greens Traffic Circle  

Activity: Installation of planters 

  • Timeframe: Mid April

Activity: Installation of pocket park 

  • Timeframe: Through the end of March

Activity: Installation of Solar Powered Flashing Cross Walk Signs 

  • Timeframe: Through the beginning of April

    Potomac Greens Circle Demolition MOT Image 1

    Station Platform and Mezzanine  

    Activity: Foundationwork for Headhouse (Station) begins

    • Timeframe: Ongoing

    Activity: Installation of Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC) with rigid inclusions

    • Timeframe: Mid-February through mid-May


    Activity: Grading and installation of Load Transfer Platform (LTP)

    • Timeframe: Ongoing

    Activity: Site fill operations

    • Timeframe: Ongoing
    • Duration: Several months in periodic three-week segments 
    • Notes: PYC will bring in clean fill from a quarry

    2601 Main Line Blvd.

    Activity: Export of Excavated Material

    • Timeframe: Ongoing


    Construction Gallery

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

     Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction - AC Switchgear Concrete Pour

    Removing forms after the concrete pour for the north and east walls of the A/C switchgear building

    Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction - Elevator Shaft Drilling

    Drilling shafts for the elevator pistons 


    Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction - Forming Grade Beams

    Forming the grade beams/pile caps (foundations) for north pavilion

    Potomac Yard Metrorail Construction - Traffic Circle March 2020

    Paving complete on Potomac Greens Ave.


    City of Alexandria Board of Architectural Review (BAR)

    The project completed the BAR review process on February 19, 2020: 

    • February 19
      • Glass handrail details
      • Metal louver connection details
      • North Pavilion – stone wall, glazing and lintels
    • January 22
      • Downspout shape and connection details
      • Exoskeleton paint finish
      • Security fence/barrier
      • Retaining wall at east access road
    • December 4
      • Lighting
      • Downspout and gutter locations
      • Pedestrian bridge handrail
    • October 16
      • North pavilion: footprint, mass, scale, and height 
    • September 4
      • Bridge, platform, and mezzanine: mass, scale, and materials sample board 
    • July 24
      • Piers, mezzanine, platform roofs: mass and scale 
    • July 10
      • Project architectural character, footprint, scale, and height  

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

    Project Schedule

    Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Construction Schedule 2020.02.20

    Current as of February 20, 2020

    State and Federal Permits

    Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

    The State Water Control Board Meeting took place on Friday, September 6, 2019. The Board unanimously approved the Virginia Water Protection Permit for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Individual Permit to the City that day.   The permit and a fact sheet can be found on the Updates and Reports web page.

    The project's VWP Permit 19-0170 Construction Status Update Forms and Weekly Inspection Checklists are available here.

    United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit to the City of Alexandria for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project on November 15, 2019.  The permit and related documents can be found on the Updates and Reports web page.

    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 brian.whiteley@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4091.

    Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

    2601 Main Line Blvd Map

    Construction Noise

    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.