U Street Construction Project To Start

10:26 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Washington's famous U Street corridor in the Northwest portion of the District will soon become a massive construction zone. 

DDOT is planning to begin construction on Monday in efforts to give the historic neighborhood a facelift. Construction will begin on U and 9th Streets and will continue through 14th Street.

The plan is to widen sidewalks, upgrade streets and intersections, and improve the landscape. 

U Street is no stranger to transition. From the riots of 1968 to the construction of the Metro station in the late 80's and early 90's, the landscape along U street has been forever changing. 

Maurice Harcum, a manager at the historic Ben's Chili Bowl Restaurant on U street says this project is well received. 

He said, "We are looking forward to it."

Other who live and work in the area are concerned that the construction will bring more headaches to an already noisey and congested area. 

Some business owners are worrying the massive construction zone will lead to a drop in business from people not frequenting the area as much.

Harcum said that shouldn't be the case because the energy on U Street will remain throughout the completion of the project.

He said, "There's something mystical about U Street. The people will return. They're going to give it the facelift, and it's for the better."

DDOT hopes to complete the project sometime in 2013.

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