Mayor Bowser to Celebrate Spring Neighborhood Beautification Initiatives During Back to Basics Season

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, May 1 at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the District Department of Public Works (DPW), and community members will celebrate Back to Basics season by showcasing two key programs: the Take a STEP DC (Sidewalk Transformation Enhancement Program) and the Great Streets Corridor Clean Up. The event will take place near Eastern High School, where DDOT is beginning sidewalk repair based on data and community concerns.

Mayor Bowser’s FY25 budget continues significant investments to support transportation infrastructure, street and sidewalk safety, and public works, including:

  • $37.9 million over a six-year period for major safety infrastructure improvements around schools;
  • $6 million for additional safety infrastructure around schools;
  • $193 million for paving and maintenance of local streets to maintain a state of good repair;
  • $115 million for maintenance of the existing sidewalk network and construction of new sidewalks in areas with gaps, with an additional $18 million in federal match funding over six years;
  • $98 million for rehabilitation of alleys through the District;
  • $3 million to continue the District’s curbside composting program, providing at-home organic waste pickup for 9,000 households;
  • $217 million in additional funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to support Metrorail and Metrobus service levels;
  • $47 million for the 11th Street Bridge Park, a transformative pedestrian bridge and park that will connect the Anacostia and Fairlawn neighborhoods with Capitol Hill and Navy Yard; and
  • $32 million to expand the District’s network of protected bike lanes and make pedestrian safety improvements. 

Wednesday, May 1 at 11 am 
Mayor Muriel Bowser 
Keith Anderson, Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure 
Sharon Kershbaum, Director, DDOT 
Timothy Spriggs, Director, DPW 
Kimberly Martin, Commissioner, ANC for SMD 7C08 
Steven Miller, Principal, Eastern High School  
1835 East Capitol Street SE  
*Closest Metro Station: Stadium-Amory* 
*Closest Bikeshare: 19th & East Capitol St SE* 

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]
The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event. To view the event, visit, tune in on Channel 16 (DCN), or watch on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook or X.  

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