Fort Myer Construction Completes Permanent Construction Work on Black Lives Matter Plaza
This past October, Fort Myer Construction was proud to complete the construction of the District’s permanent Black Lives Matter Plaza monument at16th Street between K Street and H Street NW.
“When we created Black Lives Matter Plaza in June 2020, we sent a strong message that Black Lives Matter, and that power has always been and always will be with well-meaning people. Today, we have transformed the mural into a monument,” said Mayor Bowser.
In June 2020, Mayor Bowser unveiled the art installation on the two-block stretch of 16th Street NW that leads to the White House, transforming it to pedestrian-only space and naming the area Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The 48-foot-wide mural would become a permanent installation with a redesign of the project’s roadway portion to accommodate vehicular traffic and serve as a safe gathering space for pedestrians wanting to fully experience the mural’s impact.
“With 16th Street NW being a critical federal highway route and the collaboration needed among all local stakeholders, this was a very large and prominent project for our team,” said DDOT Director Everett Lott. “We are very proud that with the Mayor’s support, we were able to implement an accelerated work schedule and so quickly deliver it as a national landmark for everyone to enjoy.”
Fort Myer Construction’s work on the project included constructing one vehicular lane in each direction of 16th Street NW providing access to area properties, a 14-foot center pedestrian plaza, bright yellow mural with durable yellow thermoplastic paint on top of a bonded concrete, cobblestone pavement, lighted bollards, ADA accessible pushbuttons for traffic signal, and refreshed crosswalk markings.