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Adams Morgan Streetscape Ribbon Cutting
Celebrating the completion of the Adams Morgan Streetscape project on 18th Street, Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward One) spoke alongside Mayor Vincent Gray, Department of Transportation (DDOT ) Director Terry Bellamy, Constantine Stavropoulos, owner of Tryst and the Diner and co-president of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, and Lisa Duperier, president of the Adams Morgan Main Street Group.
“Mr. Mayor, today is about the present and the future, I know that. However, there are people here who are deeply rooted in this neighborhood. And we remember an Adams Morgan that was very different, and we look forward to an Adams Morgan that is new and revitalized,” said Graham.
As part of the $7 million Adams Morgan Streetscape project, DDOT reconstructed a half-mile stretch of 18th Street adding shared bicycle lanes, 59 new trees, 71 new bike racks and wider sidewalks allowing more room for pedestrians and outdoor seating.
Additional improvements include 32 Washington Globe street lights, 16 pendant pole lights at the intersections, 47 ADA compliant sidewalk wheel-chair ramps, wide bump-outs and pedestrian gathering islands, a newly configured safer intersection at 18th Street and Florida Avenue, 4,868 feet of granite curbs and brick gutters, solar powered compactor trash cans and recycle cans and all new larger storm drain inlets.
Critical infrastructure upgrades were made underground as well, including a new 12-inch water main, new gas and water service connections to every address, and new electrical and communications connections to streetlights and traffic signals.
Councilmember Graham authored the local fund contribution of about $2 million.