Re: [MPD-5D] Fw: DDOT Release: Update: Benning Road Repaving Completed Ahead of Schedule
- This is great news to hear. My mom, who lives at 18th & Benning Road, NE, has not had a decent night of sleep since this project started. I really don't see where having street cars in the District would be beneficial.
Jun 24, 2009 06:57:45 PM, MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com wrote:
Good Evening All:
Please post to your listservs. This is great news about Benning Road!!
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From: Lisle, John (DDOT) <john.lisle@...>
To: DDOT Media <ddotmedia@...>
Sent: Wed Jun 24 16:25:27 2009
Subject: DDOT Release: Update: Benning Road Repaving Completed Ahead of Schedule
DDOT Media List
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Media Contact: John Lisle at (202)671-2004
Update: Benning Road Repaving
Completed Ahead of Schedule
Two Lanes Repaved in Both Directions
(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has completed the repaving of four of the six lanes on Benning Road, NE. There are now smooth lanes open to traffic, two in each direction, from 16th Street to Oklahoma Avenue.
In April, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and DDOT Director Gabe Klein announced crews would accelerate the construction by working double shifts to complete the repaving of two lanes in each direction by August 15. The paving was completed this week, nearly eight weeks ahead of schedule.
“We promised the community we would get this work done as quickly as possible,” said Director Klein, “and I’m pleased to announce we’re keeping that promise. DDOT’s engineers and the contractor, Capital Paving, have done a great job and if you drive down Benning you will see and feel the results.”
The remaining roadwork on Benning, from 16th Street to Oklahoma Ave., including the repaving of the two center lanes and installation of streetcar tracks, is still on schedule to be completed in Dec.2009.
The federally funded $35 million “Great Streets” project includes the phased reconstruction of Benning Road, NE from 14th and H Streets to Oklahoma Ave. It also includes portions of Maryland Avenue and Bladensburg Road.
Work on the project includes:
* Reconstruction of the roadway with new brick gutters and granite curbs
* Sidewalk restoration featuring a pedestrian-friendly exposed aggregate surface treatment.
* Safety Improvements including new crosswalks, wheelchair ramps, and driveway entrances
* New Streetlights and traffic signal upgrades
* Upgraded water mains, storm drains, inlet basins and sewer lines.
* Landscaping improvements, coordinated with the adjacent Starburst Intersection Project.
* Installation of Streetcar tracks.
The final portion of the project will be the completion of the starburst intersection where H Street, Benning Road, Bladensburg Road and Maryland Avenue come together. That work includes the construction of a plaza with a historical mural and other outdoor attractions for the neighborhood, and is scheduled to be completed in April 2010.
John Lisle | Public Information Officer | District Department of Transportation | Office of the Director | 2000 14th Street, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20009 | 202-671-2004/direct | 202-486-5838/cell | 202-671-0650/ fax | John.Lisle@..., e-mail | www.ddot.dc.gov <http://www.ddot.dc.gov/>
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