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After 39 years of use, the ramp connecting the P-1 level with the P-2 level of the ACRF underground parking garage in Building 10 has deteriorated to the point it needs extensive repair to strengthen the structure.
 
Beginning Wednesday, August 9, the aging ramp will be closed for approximately 3 months. As a result, all employee traffic parking in P-2 and P-3 must enter and exit the garage via the P-3 entrance. There is no change to patient, patient visitor, handicap and P-1 special permit holders parking on the P-1 level.
 
To manage the weekday morning rush of staff vehicles attempting to enter the P-3 entrance, between 5:30am – 9am, the NIH has established a new traffic pattern on Center Drive to Memorial Drive with additional queuing lanes to expedite the required inspection process. These queuing lanes will begin in front of the Clinical Research Center (north side of Building 10).
 
Although the P-3 entrance will continue to be open at 4:30am for entry and exiting, starting at 5:30am until 9am, P-3 becomes an entrance only to accommodate two lanes of incoming traffic entering the garage. Employees who arrive before 4:30am, or those who need to leave during the 5:30am – 9am timeframe, should park in alternative locations, including MLP-9 and Lot 10H.
 
For a map detailing the new 5:30am – 9am weekday employee traffic queuing pattern for the P-3 entrance, please visit: https://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/Building10_parking_reroute_employee.pdf. 
 
During the same 5:30am – 9am period, northbound traffic on Memorial Drive will terminate at the entrance to the Building 10 Loading dock and Lot 4A. There will be no access to the P-3 garage northbound on Memorial Drive and no deliveries to the Building 4 loading dock will be allowed during this time period. All commercial vehicle access to loading docks on Memorial Drive, including Building 10, will be required to use this northbound route from the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF).
 
For a map detailing the 5:30am – 9am weekday commercial vehicle access to loading docks on Memorial Drive, please visit: http://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/Building10_parking_reroute_commercial.pdf. 
 
Signage will be posted and police will be on site, redirecting employee and commercial traffic.
 
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 northern part of campus near Memorial Drive. Visit the NIH campus map to determine alternative routes and parking areas at: https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/maps/Pages/Employee-Access-Map.aspx. For additional resources to help with your commuting choices, visit the NIH traffic website at: https://www.traffic.nih.gov/.     
 

The Office of Research Facilities, the Office of Research Services and the Clinical Center appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete these important repairs to the Building 10 ACRF underground parking garage. For questions regarding construction, please contact the Office of Research Facilities Project Officer, Howard Drogin, at droginh@ors.od.nih.gov. For questions about this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at orsinfo@mail.nih.gov 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.