Construction began on Monday in Washington, DC to make Black Lives Matter Plaza a permanent installation in the country’s capital.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation announced the plans on Friday, reminding the public to anticipate road closures.
Sixteenth Street NW between H and K streets will be closed to through traffic while sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and local business access will be maintained, DDOT said.
DDOT said the lane closure was necessary in order to install pavers, bollards and the Black Lives Matter permanent mural.
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Traffic controls will be in place to guide motorists and pedestrians safely through the work zone, DDOT said.
Construction work will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed on October 1st.
Once completed, DDOT said the permanent installation will protect pedestrian safety while accommodating vehicles while maintaining the spirit of the original design.
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Mayor Bowser renamed a section of 16th Street Black Lives Matter Plaza in June 2020 as protests swept across the nation in response to the police murder of George Floyd.
An accompanying mural was painted over in May – sparking criticism from Black Live’s Matter DC.
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“@MayorBowser’s BLM performance is over and the set strike is over,” the group wrote in a mocking Twitter post. “We are now going back to their regularly scheduled performances.”