10/19/2012 02:32 pm ET

Dupont Circle South Escalators Reopen This Weekend

Michael Grass

WASHINGTON -- After eight and a half months, the massive escalator reconstruction project at the Dupont Circle Metrorail station's south entrance is wrapping up.

According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metro officials will gather for a ribbon-cutting on Sunday at noon.

During the duration of the reconstruction, the south entrance remained closed while the station's Q Street NW entrance remained open. Metro also urged customers to utilize the Farragut North station's L Street exit, as well, to access areas south of Dupont Circle.

On an average weekday, Dupont's south entrance, located on 19th Street NW, is used by roughly 23,000 people, according to Metro.

The escalators' total reconstruction was tricky because of the space constraints of the south entrance portal, which is 188 feet in length.