Avenue stays shut

A decision on final design plans for the closed section of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House is on hold.

National Park Service officials were scheduled to present design plans for a park for Pennsylvania Avenue, between 15th and 17th streets, at the National Capital Planning Commission meeting on Thursday.

But the plan has not been reviewed by House and Senate committees on appropriations, which must give advanced approval before any presentation to the commission, said Park Service spokesman Earle Kittleman.

The park does not have the support of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who wants to see limited reopening of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, two years after it was closed for security reasons.

The avenue in front of the White House has been closed to traffic since May 20, 1995, in the wake of the bombing a month earlier of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

'It's been pulled off the agenda," Mr. Kittleman said. "It will be rescheduled."

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