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Officials celebrate end of Pennsylvania Ave. SE project

The ribbon has been cut, so it’s official (at least according to the District): The Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project in Southeast Washington has concluded.

The $35.8 million dollar project, which was announced back in November 2009, largely wrapped up major work back around New Year’s. The major road work on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between 27th Street and Alabama Avenue was finished as the calendars shifted from 2011 to 2012. But work on the smaller stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue between Alabama and Southern avenues encountered delays, so that took more time.

The safety and beautification project reduced part of Pennsylvania Avenue to four lanes (down from five lanes) in order to add dedicated turning areas and a median. The sidewalk network was finished on both sides of the street, while streetscaping work was meant to highlight commercial areas along the road.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), District Department of Transportation director Terry Bellamy and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday hailing this project’s completion.

Well, it’s mostly completed: Construction is largely over, but a few small items are left before the work is entirely finished. But once the seasonal planting and other miscellaneous items are wrapped up, you can definitely consider the project done.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.


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