Plans to make BLM Plaza mural permanent mean traffic changes

The letters at Black Lives Matter Plaza have been repainted after the street was repaved near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(AP/Andrew Harnik)

The Black Lives Matter mural in downtown D.C. has served as a national symbol during the recent racial justice movement.

On Monday, work begins to make it a permanent installation as part of a plan to preserve the original design. That means traffic changes.

Construction will happen during the week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Crews will install roadway pavers and bollards, which is expected to last through Oct. 1.

The District Department of Transportation said northbound and southbound lanes will be closed along 16th Street between H and K streets. Through access will remain closed throughout the duration of the project.

Businesses in the area will also remain open and pedestrians will still have access to the walkways, but motor vehicle drivers may want to plan ahead and avoid closures.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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