A reminder that the east side entrance to the Georgia Avenue / Petworth metro is closed starting Monday, March 21, 2016 for the next 45 weeks so WMATA can replace the escalators.
I first reported this back on February 11th, after WMATA representatives Anne Chisolm and Cedric Watson visited the ANC 4C meeting to announce the closure. See Metro to close GA Ave escalators for 45 weeks (Feb 11, 2016)
WMATA said the reason for the 45-week timeline is based on the extent of work required. "We have to replace trusses and beams," said Mr. Cedric, when asked at the ANC meeting about the timeline.
According to WMATA, the length of time needed for the replacement is that the current escalators need a lot of repair as they are old and the original manufacturers are no longer in business, meaning getting replacement parts is difficult. They also seem to have a problem over the years hanging on to qualified repair personnel, according to various Washington Post articles (linked in the prior article from February).
The west-side entrance under the Park Place apartments will remain open, with three escalators and the elevator operational.