Benning Road is a heavily traveled street in Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, Maryland. The street runs from an intersection in the northeast quadrant of the city at Bladensburg Road, Florida Avenue, Maryland Avenue, H Street and 15th Street, southeast over the Anacostia River on the Benning Bridge into the neighborhood of Benning. It continues southeast across East Capitol Street into the southeast quadrant, crossing Southern Avenue and the D.C.-Maryland boundary into Maryland, ending at an intersection with Marlboro Pike (a former alignment of Maryland Route 4).
In 2009 work commenced on a $38 million improvement project for the road which included adding street car tracks. In 2013 the first street car in Washington, D.C., in more than 50 years will begin operating on Benning Road.
In the late 18th century, "Captain" William Benning came from Virginia and purchased 330 acres (1.3 km2) in the area. Around 1830 (though not all sources agree on the date), he built the Benning Bridge as a toll bridge, one of the earliest crossings over the Anacostia River. "Benning's Road" appears on maps as far back as 1861, and with the bridge was an important eastern route in and out of the District. An 1886 U.S. Geological Survey map shows Benning's Road ending at "Bowen Road", which was later named Marlboro Pike in Maryland (and routed as Maryland Route 4 through about 1960).
- Ashley Halsey III (December 14, 2009). "Renovation of Benning Road in NE D.C. nears completion". Washington Post.
- "Sneak Peek of the Modern DC Streetcar". WTTG. May 3, 2010.
- Washington at home: an illustrated history of neighborhoods in the Nation's capital, Columbia Historical Society (Washington, D.C.), 1988, p. 225
- Linda Wheeler (October 25, 1997). "Benning Heights' Twists and Turns". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- "Local roads scholars give streets'history". The Washington Times. June 25, 1992. Retrieved May 7, 2010.("Benning Road, for example, was named after the late William Benning. He was responsible for constructing the Anacostia toll bridge in 1805...."
- Lapp, Joe. Kenilworth: A D.C. Neighborhood by the Anacostia River (Humanities Council of Washington D.C. 2006), Accessed May 7, 2010
- Joe Lapp (November 2005). "Kenilworth: A Northeast Neighborhood by the Anacostia River". East of the River. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- Upper Marlboro-East Washington, DC Quadrangle, Northwest Quadrant, USGS (1886)("Benning's Road" appears on 1886 USGS Map)
- Benning Road Corridor Redevelopment Framework Plan (District of Columbia Office of Planning, 2008)("Benning Road has historically been a significant thoroughfare in the District")
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