WASHINGTON D.C. (7News) — A major facelift is about to happen at the Black Lives Matter Plaza with construction starting on Monday, to make it a permanent installation.
It's a move that 7News first told you about Friday.
This means road closures until October, but then the plaza that had been only for pedestrians for a year will open two lanes of traffic.
However, not all are on board with the work. An ANC commissioner is concerned that the coming design is not in the spirit of why the plaza was created.
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"The space is important and it's become a destination for tourists and travelers, and it offers deep meaning around a movement that a lot of people are still very passionate about. Time will tell if that gets painted over and opened up to cars or not, but hopefully, the substantive issues will eventually be addressed,” Commissioner Robin Nunn said.
DDOT will shut down both lanes of 16th Street to cars between H and K Street just north of the White house but sidewalks will stay open throughout the work.
Construction will last from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.