The H Street N.E. Corridor gained a fresh, new, modern look with completion of a $35 million reconstruction project in the summer of 2011.
The D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) carried out the project as part of the Great Streets Initiative to restore and upgrade major commercial corridors throughout the city. The H Street Main Street organization and H Street businesses and neighborhood residents participated in the project design and planning. They patiently cooperated with DDOT and its contractors during nearly three years of construction work along the mile-long corridor.
Today, H Street is a beautiful thoroughfare of smooth traffic lanes, wide sidewalks of attractive and pedestrian-friendly exposed-aggregate concrete, flourishing new trees, sidewalk treeboxes bordered by decorative cobblestone pavers, and bright, new teardrop streetlights. How stunningly different from the potholed and poorly-lit roadway that troubled the neighborhood for years before!
The new H Street is identified by the iconic red insignia, designed under the auspices of H Street Main Street, installed on the 142 streetlight poles extending the length of the corridor as part of the reconstruction project.
Most promising of all, the reconstruction project included the installation of rail tracks and the power infrastructure for the first phase of the DC Streetcar project. Streetcars are scheduled to begin operations in late 2013 from Union Station east along H Street to its junction with Benning Road, then along Benning Road to Oklahoma Avenue near RFK Stadium. For more DC Streetcar information, go to http://www.dcstreetcar.com.