U Street corridor gets overhaul

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's popular U Street corridor is about to become a construction zone.

District of Columbia transportation officials say work will begin Monday to overhaul the streetscape along U Street between 9th and 14th streets.

As part of the streetscape improvements, sidewalks will be rebuilt and widened with new landscaping. Roadways will be repaved and traffic signals and storm drains will be upgraded.

Transportation official say the road will be reconstructed one block at a time. At least one lane of traffic will be kept open in each direction during construction. But curbside parking will be restricted.

The work is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

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