Two-way traffic will be permitted on Black Lives Matter Plaza, Northwest, until mid-April. The DC Department of Transportation announced Friday that it would open one travel lane in each direction on the stretch of 16th Street, Northwest, between H and K streets and preserve the center of the plaza for pedestrians.
BLM Plaza has been closed to cars since last summer. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed the street, the preponderance of which culminates at Lafayette Square in front of the White House, last June and directed that the phrase “Black Lives Matter” be painted on it in very large yellow letters.
Bowser used the plaza as a backdrop when she addressed the DNC last year and was criticized for blaming President Trump for tear-gassing protesters, one of severable questionable tactics DC police employed over the summer.
A spokesperson for DDOT has not yet responded to a query about what will happen with traffic in the plaza after April.