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Washington, DC Black Lives Matter plaza to be permanent, mayor says

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Construction in Washington, D.C. commenced Monday to make Black Lives Matter Plaza a permanent installation in the nation’s capital.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation announced the plans Friday, reminding the public to expect lane closures.

Sixteenth Street NW between H and K Streets will be closed to through traffic while sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and local access to businesses will be maintained, DDOT said.

DDOT said the lane closure is necessary to install roadway pavers, bollards and the permanent Black Lives Matter mural.

Traffic controls will be in place to guide motorists and pedestrians safely around the work zone, DDOT said.

Construction will occur between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by Oct. 1.

Once completed, DDOT said, the permanent installation will protect pedestrian safety while accommodating vehicles and keeping with the spirit of the original design.

Mayor Bowser renamed a section of 16th Street “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in June 2020 amid protests that swept the nation in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

An accompanying mural was painted over in May – sparking criticism from Black Lives Matter DC.

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