The DC Streetcar is a surface light rail  and street car network under construction in Washington, DC. The street cars will be the first to run in the District of Columbia since the dismantling of the previous streetcar system in 1962.

This project consists of 2.4 miles of roadway reconstruction, including all streetcar system tracks along H Street. The project is a portion of the proposed street car network that will connect all eight District wards. Phase 2 of construction is on going along H and Benning Streets, where the final roadway work is being completed.

Extensive coordination with local residents and businesses is required to continue to build buy-in for the project as well as keep the traveling public safe (both pedestrian and vehicular).

CES ConsultingLLC (CES) is responsible for providing a civil/structural work inspector and a electro/mechanical inspector for the project.

CONSTRUCTION: CES performed lead construction inspection by augmenting and supporting DDOT with construction engineering and inspection services in the field. A major focus of this role was to pre- plan utility relocation activities to minimize potential disruptions. CES project inspector senior duties included:

  • Ensuring that all work conformed to DDOT standards and specifications, including documentation

  • Ensuring that all testing was performed at the correct frequency; and all testing and commissioning of the electro-mechanical systems were carried out as per specifications and manufacturers recommendations

  • Pay items were properly measured and documented in the daily report

  • Worked closely with the contractor in resolving conflicts at the lowest level to avoid disruption to construction activities and traffic


  • Roadway construction/reconstruction and Storm drainage

  • Streetcar track installation

  • In-plan utility relocation’s (including sensitive government fiber optic cable)

  • Overhead Contact System (OCS) wire installation, overhead signs and information display

  • Extensive MOT work and multiple-phased construction

  • ITS communication equipment/duct bank installation and relocation, vehicular traffic signals

  • Street car controls and signalization and 12th Street power substation installation

  • Streetcar stops on H Street at 3rd, 5th, 8th, 13th, and 15th Streets, sidewalk construction

Owner: DDOT

Cost: $42.00Million

Project Dates: June28, 2012 to April 2014

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