Gray Announces Substantial Completion of H Street Reconstruction Project

WI Staff Report | 7/1/2011, 2:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray, accompanied by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Acting Director Terry Bellamy, recently joined community and business leaders to announce substantial completion of the H Street Reconstruction Project.

DDOT wrapped up work on June 30 on the roadway, sidewalks, streetcar tracks and streetlights in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE - the final segment of the construction project that began in September 2008.

"When I met with H Street merchants earlier this year they said, 'Please get this project done -- get it done as fast as possible' -- because it was having an impact on their ability to run successful businesses," said Gray. "So I challenged DDOT to complete the major work by June 30, ahead of schedule, and as you can see, DDOT and its contractors have delivered."

Major work on the project was scheduled to be completed in August, but DDOT worked with the contractor, D.C.-based Capitol Paving, to accelerate the project and meet the mayor's deadline.

"We have now completed the work that has had the biggest impact on businesses, residents and travelers," said Bellamy, "And we want to thank them all for their patience and cooperation during construction. Now we look forward to H Street's next chapter, which will include the District's first modern streetcar line. We think H Street will soon be the envy of every neighborhood in the city."

The H Street Reconstruction Project spans nearly one-mile of H Street NE, from 3 rd Street to the 1400 block where it connects to the starburst Intersection and the Benning Road Project completed earlier this year. Together, the two projects are the first corridors in the District's Great Streets Initiative to be completed.

Great Streets is a multi-agency initiative that strategically targets major corridors in the city with infrastructure improvements that are aimed at fostering more livable communities, promoting economic development and improving mobility for residents. DDOT has worked closed with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning Economic Development and the Office of Planning on the Great Streets projects.

The project cost approximately $35 million. It is the first comprehensive reconstruction and redevelopment of the H Street corridor since the devastation of the 1968 riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.