The Howard Theatre, a landmark venue in Shaw that launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye and others, is undergoing a big renovation and restoration. The area surrounding the theater is also getting a face lift.
The District Department of Transportation will begin on Wednesday a reconstruction of the roadways surrounding the venue in Northwest Washington. This includes work on T Street from Seventh Street to Florida Avenue and on Wiltberger Street between T and S streets.
If you’re only vaguely familiar with the neighborhood, this is between the Shaw-Howard U Metro station and Howard University’s campus.
T Street will be closed between Seventh Street and Florida Avenue during the construction. This will allow for resurfacing of Seventh Street and T Street and the development of Ellington Plaza. There will be a detour put in place, and traffic will be limited to local residents and businesses.
Work will also occur in the alley west of Wiltberger Street between T and S streets and in the alley between Florida Avenue and T Street.
The work is scheduled to occur on Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Signs will be posted 72 hours before any sidewalks, roads or alley entrances will be closed, according to DDOT.