As of yesterday, pedestrians can now freely walk up and down 4th Street and access the Waterfront-SEU Metro station from north of I Street. Direct pedestrian access to the Metro from the north has been blocked since November 2007, when the Waterside Mall was demolished to make way for Waterfront Station. As I was driving west on M Street this morning, I noticed the traffic light at the corner of 4th & M Street has a green arrow pointing to the right, which gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s the little things that make my day better like having a more direct route home by car or by foot. As a matter of fact, I will start using the Waterfront-SEU Metro more often now if I'm travelling to a Green Line destination instead of walking to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro. The actual street surface on 4th is still not complete, so only DC government employees and guests are currently allowed to drive on the street. However, 4th Street is scheduled to open to all vehicular traffic by the end of the month.
Update: Reader Andrew says that park benches are being installed today near the intersection of 4th & I Street.