Hill Talk: Eastern Market Fixes Move Forward

Posted March 13, 2009 at 3:04pm

As the city prepares to reopen Eastern Market this summer, the District Department of Transportation is accelerating its renovation of the adjacent streetscape.

Until the market’s scheduled opening in June, Seventh Street Southeast will be closed from C Street to North Carolina Avenue. The District Office of Property Management will move the outdoor vendors normally along that route to other locations around Eastern Market.

New public parking will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week at Hine Junior High School between Pennsylvania Avenue and C Street Southeast.

The streetscape project “includes total removal and upgrade of the existing roadway and bed, installation of new colonial cobblestones, stamped concrete at crosswalks, brick sidewalks, granite curbing, new lighting and utility upgrades,— according to a release from OPM spokesman Bill Rice.

Potomac Cleanup Set for April 4

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with the 21st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 4.

The nonprofit, which focuses on environmental issues and the Potomac, will place site leaders and volunteers at more than 400 locations in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The cleanup has removed more than 3 million pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed since the first event in 1989, according to the foundation’s press release. Its goal, per the Potomac Watershed Trash Treaty written in 2005, is for the Potomac to be trash-free by 2013.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information online at PotomacCleanup.org or can contact Ginny Harris at 301-292-5665.