One entrance to U Street Metro Station to close

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WASHINGTON, DC — Metro announced Wednesday that it’s shutting down an entrance to the U Street Metrorail Station while a contractor replaces escalators.

The 13th Street entrance will be closed for six months starting on or about April 3, Metro said.

U Street station serves the Green and Yellow line. Metro says customers can use the other entrances to the station.

WMATA says this project is part of a $151 million project to replace more than 130 escalators by the end of the decade.

“In 2010, Metro’s escalators were a symbol of infrastructure neglect and decay,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We have made significant progress. Today, escalator availability is the highest in years thanks to all the new escalators going in, and the many more that have been rebuilt.”

Metro says since 2011, the transportation agency has installed 65 new escalators, and another 23 units are expected to be installed this year. The agency says that by 2020, more than 130 of its escalators will have been replaced by new units.