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Sherman Avenue Reconstruction is Officially Over — Mayor Gray Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Tomorrow

July 8, 2013

Sherman Ribbon cuttingThe reconstruction of Sherman Avenue is finally over. A ribbon cutting has been scheduled to celebrate its completion for Tuesday July 9th at 10:00 a.m. According to the flyer (click image to right), the ceremony will be held on the southeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Morton Street and will include Mayor Gray and members of DDOT.

Councilmember Graham originally announced the reworking of Sherman Avenue on October 8, 2010 with construction set to begin on October 18th of that year. During the ensuring two and a half years, the street has been resurfaced; new curbs, gutters, and storm drains have been installed; new streetlights have been installed; and a median with new trees, shrubs, and other plantings has been created. The sidewalk areas along the east and west side have also been re-worked to include more trees.

According to DDOT’s project Website, the project’s goals were to:

  • Make Sherman Avenue feel more residential rather than a commuter route by reducing vehicular lanes to one in each direction.
  • Improve pedestrian safety by widening the sidewalks to make them ADA compliant, and upgrading the wheelchair ramps and crosswalk markings.
  • Make Sherman Avenue more attractive by planting trees and shrubs along the corridor, upgrading street lights and upgrading traffic signals.

The $13 million project was funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The completed Sherman Avenue streetscape, looking north from Street.

The completed Sherman Avenue streetscape project, looking north from Columbia Road.

Renovation of 2922 Sherman Avenue Off to a Good Start

June 29, 2011

Walking back from Columbia Heights the other day I noticed the progress of 2922 Sherman Avenue (just south of Columbia Rd). I’m typically not a fan of older buildings getting popped up by an additional floor … but in this case I’ll have to make an exception.

If more builders actually considered scale and form when reconstructing an existing building — as this one seems to be doing, I’d be far more supportive of builders and renovators. I think the new roof line is also compatible with other buildings in the neighborhood. You can get a good sense of what this building once looked like by viewing its twin, located a few doors to the south at 2914 Sherman Avenue (below)


Sherman Avenue Streetscaping to Begin October 18th

October 8, 2010

Sherman Avenue at Park Road

Yesterday, Councilmember Graham sent out the following message about the streetscaping of Sherman Avenue and its imminent start:

Dear Friends: I am pleased to announce that DDOT has informed me that the contract for the reconstruction of Sherman Avenue has been awarded. As you may know, I had worked with the Mayor to insure funding for this important project in this fiscal year.

There was a pre-construction meeting with the contractor this week. The contractor is scheduled to start construction on October 18th.

There have been ongoing community meetings culminating in a final design of the streetscape. Thanks for that essential contribution!

This will provide further substantial revitalization for Ward 1, here in our east side neighborhoods.

Please pass this along to others. Bests, CM Jim Graham

You can follow the progress of the project  and learn more information on the DDOT Web page, which you can access here.


Status of Sherman Avenue Redevelopment

March 5, 2010

The topic of transforming Sherman Avenue has come up via a number of communications lately, with residents wanting to know if the project is still on track. After asking a number of sources, the following information came from CM Graham:

” … the project is fully funded with Federal funds at $9 million (though not as a stimulus project) [with] the project … on track to begin construction this July. ”

For those wanting to follow the progress of redeveloping Sherman Avenue, you can go to this DDOT Web page which lists the project phases, timelines, and shows how much work has been completed to date.


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