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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.