(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy and local residents today celebrated the completion of the Sherman Avenue Streetscape Project. The $13 million project, which improved Sherman Avenue, NW between Park Road and Florida Avenue, reshaped the roadway into a residential street.
“We heard from the community that the roadway needed to be safer so that it could serve all transportation users, not just commuters that often used it to speed by on their way in and out of the District,” said Mayor Gray. “The upgrades we’ve made to Sherman Avenue will improve safety in the area and turn this street back over to the community.”
DDOT worked hand-in-hand with the community to identify solutions to improve traffic safety and accessibility in the area. The project, which began in October 2010, completely reconstructed an almost mile-long stretch of Sherman Avenue by reducing vehicular lanes to one in each direction; installing wider sidewalks and bike “sharrows” (markers indicating lanes shared by bicycles and motor vehicles) on the roadway; and upgrading the area’s wheelchair ramps and crosswalk markings.
Additional improvements — such as new green medians, traffic signals, and streetlights — serve dual purposes by making Sherman Avenue more attractive and enhancing traffic safety.
Critical infrastructure upgrades were made underground as well, including the installation of a new water main under the roadway.
“We want to thank the community for their patience and their support, before and during this project,” said Director Bellamy. “The project took longer than expected, but it’s helped make the area a safer and more welcoming place to live and visit.”
For more information about Sherman Avenue Streetscape Project, please visit the project website at www.ShermanAvenueNW.com .