After waiting many years, the U Street Streetscape will begin next week. It will start at 9th Street and continue to 14th Street. At last month's U Street Neighborhood Association meeting DDOT officials presented drawings that detailed the improvements. The project will resurface the street and widen sidewalks in the 1300 block of U Street at the location of Desperadoes Restaurant where passage by pedestrians is very narrow. Transportation officials say the road will be reconstructed one block at a time. At least one lane of traffic will be kept open in each direction during construction. But curbside parking will be restricted.