WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Monday, crews started a five-month project to replace the two entrance escalators at the eastentrance of the Van Ness Metro Station(Connecticut Ave NW).

The escalators there now were installed when the station first opened in 1981. Recently, Metro engineers determined that the escalators needed to be replaced entirely.

The two escalators will be barricaded for construction, which is expected to last until the spring, according to Metro officials. Riders will be able to use the escalator, stairs or elevator on the west side of Connecticut Ave NW instead.

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