Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined officials from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and community members on May 30 to announce the completion of the First Street NE Project.
“First Street NE exemplifies the type of transportation system that we hope to build in the future,” said Mayor Gray. “We have upgraded the infrastructure, managed stormwater, and improved bike connections – all in one street. It’s these kinds of diverse, interconnected investments that will enable the District to continue to grow, while improving safety for everyone.”
DDOT began making extensive infrastructure improvements and repairs on First Street NE, between G Street and New York Avenue, in May 2013. During the project, the roadway and sidewalks on First Street NE were upgraded and new bio-retention cells and improved underground infrastructure were installed to improve stormwater runoff. A new cycletrack was also installed, providing bicyclists with a direct connection from Union Station to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
In addition to officially opening First Street NE, Mayor Gray also joined DDOT and DCCAH officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an art installation near First Street and M Street NE. The steel and concrete sculpture, “Torqued Tensility,” stands 31-feet-tall above the northwest corner of the intersection.