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Pipeline Construction to Alter Traffic and Parking Near Buildings 11 and 14

Beginning on Monday, September 19, 2016, construction of a new underground water pipe connecting the Central Utility Plant with the new Industrial Water Storage Tank, will begin.

Work on this project will cause disruption to traffic on Service Road West and the parking lot outside of Building 11. The scheduled impact to parking and egress is as follows:

* Monday, September 19 – Tuesday, December 13: Portions of parking lot adjacent to and west of Building 11 will be closed.

* Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 21: Service Road West closed just north of Service Road South/Convent Drive, outside of Building 11.

* Friday, October 21 – December 13: Service Road West closed just south of Service Road South/Convent Drive, outside of Building 14.

For a map detailing the closures and dates in phases, please visit:

This project will also impact the following shuttle routes: Campus (Red) and Campus Limited (Purple). Shuttle schedules and routes will be adjusted beginning September 19. Please visit the following for the latest shuttle schedules and information:   

What Can You Do?

NIH staff should avoid unnecessary trips and routes through the construction area. While there will be no complete road closures as a result of this project, staff should anticipate slightly longer travel times and increased traffic in the areas along Service Road West. Visit the NIH campus map to determine alternative routes and parking areas at:

This project is necessary to increase efficiency and reliability of water supplied to chillers and cooling towers in the NIH Central Utility Plant, particularly in the event of a disruption, such as the water main break in December 2008 that interrupted our water supply from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. For more information about this construction project, read the NIH Record article from March of this year at:

For questions about this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908. Please tune your radios to 1660 AM for NIH traffic, parking and perimeter security advisories.

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