On Thursday, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is expected to host another community meeting on the planned reconstruction of New Jersey Avenue NW, from H to N streets NW. The meeting will happen at the Walker-Jones Education Campus building, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it is meant as a follow-up to an earlier meeting held March 28, 2019.
The project has been in the works for over a decade, to the frustration of transit activists, but construction is poised to begin soon. The latest plans call for safety improvements, including high-visibility crosswalks, new bike lanes, and updated sidewalks. It also involves resurfaced roads, fresh landscaping, street light upgrades, and modernized traffic signals. New Jersey Avenue NW would be converted from a one-way roadway to a two-way roadway between K Street NW and New York Avenue NW. A few blocks of the latter avenue would also be rebuilt.
DDOT has scheduled the construction work to be finished in fall 2020. The project comes as D.C. has seen a recent surge in road deaths, despite its Vision Zero initiative to prevent them.