DC Restores Timetable For Benning Road Fix
Mayor Adrian Fenty says you don't have to tell him that Benning Road NE is a mess. If he hadn't driven across that moonscape often enough himself, he'd know it from his constituents. They don't care about the problems with utilities, they just want to know when the streetscape will be done and the torn-up lanes will be driveable.
Standing in the parking lot of the Hechinger Mall off Benning, he said: "We keep telling them later and later and later to the point where they say 'Mayor, that's not going to work anymore.' " So Fenty announced this morning that he and the District Department of Transportation are putting the project back on its original timetable, for completion of construction between 16th Street and Oklahoma Avenue by mid-December.
Construction crews will work double shifts to make that happen, said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. By mid-August, two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes will have a smooth surface to drive on, while work continues in the median.
And there's some more immediate relief coming for the curb lanes on Benning: DDOT is doing road paving in the curb lane on the eastbound side of Benning until 3:30 p.m. Eastbound traffic will be restricted to one lane between 20th Street and Oklahoma Avenue. Traffic delays are likely, and alternative routes would be better, though by now, I can't imagine anyone is using Benning who doesn't have to.
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