The U Street Streetscape Project Gets Underway

by June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2,293 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The U Street Corridor is keeping the District Department of Transportation(DDOT) busy from now until the spring of 2013.


Construction begins on at 9th Street NW on the U Street Streetscape project. NW (Luis Gomez Photos).

The (nearly) yearlong construction plan, which began June 11, will reconstruct a 0.4-mile segment of U Street NW, from 9th Street to 14th Street. The project will improve and landscape the sidewalk areas, repair the roadway and perform upgrades to the streetlights, traffic signals and storm drains.

What work has been done so far? DDOT has worked on laying out the electrical conduit, saw cutting for electrical trenches between 9th and 14th Streets and installing electrical conduits on the 900 blocks. This work is expected to continue though June 25th, and parking is temporarily impacted between 9 am and 3:30 pm in the immediate work areas.

Once the electrical work is completed on each block, the actual rehab of that block will begin; each block will be constructed separately, one side at a time.

Throughout the construction process, DDOT is intent on keeping residents updated on the project’s progress and impacts. In fact, on Wednesday, June 20th, the project team held a meeting for constituents in front of Nellie’s Sports Bar to discuss the effects of the project. Attendees were also encouraged to express concerns and ask questions related to the ongoing construction.

You can check the project’s website for frequent updates on any project disruptions, including temporary public transportation and/or business closures and delays.

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