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National Mall Construction Update – Summer 2012

By July 16, 2012

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The National Mall has been undergoing lots of changes this year and there are many construction projects in the works. Designs have been approved for future improvements of Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument-Sylvan Theater area, and Union Square (the area in front of the U.S. Capitol Building). It will be exciting to see this iconic space evolve in the coming years. Here is a roundup and status on the construction this is currently underway on the Mall in Washington DC.
  • Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool - Construction anticipated to be completed in August, 2012. The project replaced leaking concrete and installed systems for drawing water from the Tidal Basin, improved accessibility and installed sidewalks and new lights.

  • National Mall, Phase I - Center panels between 3rd and 7th Streets. Completion anticipated late 2012. (Final phase anticipated for Fall 2016.) This area of the Mall is being improved with more sustainable lawn areas.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture - Completion anticipated Fall 2015. The Smithsonian Museum will feature a variety of exhibits and educational programs on topics such as slavery, post-Civil War reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement.
Read More About:
  • Visiting the National Mall
  • The Smithsonian Museums
  • Other Construction Projects in Washington DC
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