Future of the Freeway

The District Department of Transportation will host an open house on the future of the Whitehurst Freeway, from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at St. Mary Armenian Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW.

The open house will focus on various alternatives to the freeway and on research conducted over the summer. The proposed alternatives will take into account engineering requirements, traffic, land values, waterfront and pedestrian access and other potential effects of modifying or removing the Whitehurst Freeway. For more information, go to www.ddot.dc.gov and click on "Transportation Studies."

Tree-Planting Project

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) plans to plant 8,000 trees in public spaces and parks from November through April 2006. The trees include large maples and oaks, medium-sized sweet gums and lindens, and crape myrtle and flowering cherry trees.

About 6,000 trees will be planted in public spaces, primarily the areas between curbs and sidewalks and on median strips. An additional 2,000 trees will be planted in parks in cooperation with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. This will be the DDOT's largest tree planting in one season in the last five years. For more information, call DDOT's Urban Forestry Administration at 202-671-5133.

Discussing Pollution

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a final 2005 public meeting on reducing pollution in the District's rivers. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. today at the Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 Seventh St. SE.

WASA has made the Anacostia River its first cleanup priority. The meeting will cover the combined sewer overflow control program, trash control, solids and floatables, the proper disposal of hazardous wastes and community cleanup efforts. The meeting was previously scheduled for Nov. 3. Though this is WASA's final public meeting of 2005, the agency is available to make further presentations to community groups. For more information, call WASA at 202-787-2200.

Citizen Summit

Mayor Anthony A. Williams hosts the Citizen Summit IV, "Lifting All Communities," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Hall D of the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. To register or volunteer, go to citizensummit.dc.gov or call 888-551-9200.

The summit aims to involve residents, elected city officials and community leaders in shaping D.C. government policies and spending priorities for youth development, health care, affordable housing, jobs and economic development.

-- Compiled by

TERENCE MCARDLE