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D.C. breaks ground on Nannie Helen Burroughs NE overhaul

November 22, 2010 - 03:45 PM
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Late last week the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) broke ground on the Nannie Helen Burroughs NE Great Streets project.

There are nine thoroughfares being overhauled through the D.C. Great Streets Initiative, which involves a handful of city agencies and some $200 million over the course of several years. According to DDOT, the initiative targets the city’s “under-invested corridors,” a category that most certainly includes Nannie Helen Burroughs. The $10 million needed for the NHB facelift comes out of the federal stimulus package.

As H Street NE residents and shopkeepers know well, a Great Streets overhaul comes with some inconveniences and headaches. But the project should turn NHB into a much nicer road to travel, particularly if you’re on a bike or on foot. Right now it’s a wide road, which invites speeding, so a cornerstone of the plan is to reconfigure it with just one lane headed in each direction. That won’t thrill all the drivers – particularly the commuters coming in from Maryland, we imagine – but it should make for a calmer road.

The new NHB will also have bike lanes and bulb-outs – that’s when the sidewalk juts out a full lane into the road near intersections, taking the parking lane out of traffic and giving pedestrians a shorter distance to cross. There will also be new, continuous sidewalks, traffic signals and street lights, and a net increase of 75 trees along the thoroughfare.

The year-and-a-half construction project is starting near the intersection at Minnesota Avenue and heading east toward Eastern Avenue.

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