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15th Street Bike Lane to be Repaved


From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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15th Street NW Bike lane. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will repave the two-way bicycle lane on 15th Street NW.

The news was announced at the monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont on Wednesday, July 12. The repaving will be finished by the end of the summer, according to Commissioner Noah Smith, 2B-09, The path runs through Smith’s district.

The bike lanes are in serious need of assistance, with southbound lanes between Massachusetts and K Streets often resembling a washboard.

On his website, Smith adds that there will also be new signs and markings on the path. The news came after the last November’s ANC 2B resolution calling for improvements to the path, and subsequent lobbying of the DC Council.

Smith has also announced that, after ANC prodding, DDOT has agreed to a request to coordinate the pedestrian walk signals through Dupont Circle. It will no longer be necessary for pedestrians to stand on the median between four lanes of traffic when crossing into or out of the circle.

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M Street Bike Lane Opponents Batter DDOT at Public Hearing


From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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M Street Bike lane meeting. (David McAuley)

Congregants of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (1518 M Street NW) led the citizens who came out in force last night (Wednesday), May 15, to urge that development of the planned M Street bicycle lane be stopped. The meeting was held at the West End Library, 1101 24th Street, by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Church members were joined in their objections by local businessmen concerned that the bike lanes would reduce their business, and citizens who felt that the project was a waste of taxpayer money. Supporters of the bike lane, although present, seemed smaller in number and less vocal at the meeting.

The strong community feeling seemed to take Mike Goodno, Jim Sebastian, and Sam Zimbabwe, DDOT’s three presenters, by surprise. The audience sat quietly through most of the initial sideshow presentation, which described several studies about the traffic on the existing L Street bike lane and projected design of the M Street lane. Project Manager Goodno said that the installation of the bike segment would be installed over three weeks in August.

Eventually someone interrupted to ask: “Am I to understand that this is a done deal?”

Sam Zimbabwe answered, “In some ways yes, in some ways no.”

After that, the meeting was dedicated to defending the M Street bike lane from suggestions that it be scrapped altogether.

On Wednesday morning, Metropolitan AME Church issued a “call to action” on its Facebook page. It read, in part: “The city is proposing to install bike lanes on M Street from 14th Street to 28th Street. This action will affect parking for church services, especially funerals and Sunday angle parking. We (as a church body) need to submit testimony during the public response period.”

As a result, at least 20 of the 80 people attending the meeting seemed to be members or supporters of the Metropolitan AME Church. They said that the church had not been contacted. DDOT said that they had contacted someone at the church that morning. A claim that DDOT representatives had been to the church years previously to solicit comment were met with incredulity.

One person asked, “Is it open for discussion that you will avoid the 1500 block [of M Street]?” DDOT indicated that it would be difficult or impossible to divert the bike lane around one particular block.

A local businessman also spoke against the bike lanes.

“If you’re talking about eliminating [traffic] lanes, you’re going to have gridlock,” he said. “Every merchant on the block is very concerned. I respectfully think this will be a disaster.”

Another attendee told the businessman he was mistaken.

“Bike trails will increase your business,” he said.

One woman who identified herself as a bike rider and a DC resident said the community was frustrated but a compromise might be reached.

“I don’t know what the urgency is,” she said. “You have not done your due diligence.”

At times the conversation was less the civil. DDOT was always polite to audience members, but sometimes audience members were not polite to each other. On three separate occasions, Zimbabwe had to threaten to stop the meeting altogether.

After the meeting, one pro-bike audience member said that many pro-bike audience members had attended the meeting but had not contributed. She minimized the importance of the protest.

“There are always people like that at these meetings,” she said.

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Resurfacing Work Begins Monday on 5 Blocks of U Street NW


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U Street resurfacing work begins at 9th Street and runs to 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin repairing and resurfacing U Street NW between 9th and 14th Streets as part of the U Street NW Streetscape Project. Work is scheduled to begin the week of May 6, weather permitting.

The complete resurfacing will take approximately three weeks to finish.

Three-Step Process

  1. Milling away two inches of the old surface from 9th to 14th Street, estimated three days.
  2. Repairing damaged concrete, about 10 days.
  3. Paving the roadway with asphalt from 9th to 14th Street, approximately three days.

DDOT says that after the asphalt has been removed, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers should use caution in the area; the roadway will be uneven until the new asphalt surface is in place.

For more information about the U Street NW Streetscape Project, visit their website or contact Chinaka A. Young at chinaka.young[AT]volkert.com.

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ANC 2F Hearing Brings Sunday Parking Complaints


From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com

A community forum on Sunday parking in the Logan Circle area brought a message from the DC government that “churches must work on off-street parking,” as well as many complaints from the church-going community. The forum was held Wednesday evening, February 27, as part of the monthly meeting of the Community Development Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F.

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The February 27 ANC 2F forum on parking in Logan Circle. (David McAuley)

As part of a presentation at the beginning of the meeting District Department of Transportation (DDOT) program manager Damon Harvey said that “churches must work on off-street parking.”

He returned to this idea many times while responding to citizen complaints, saying that the DDOT will work with churches to identify possible sites for nearby off-street parking. Harvey said that special parking arrangements for local residents are “a good idea,” but they could possibly be lifted for part of Sunday.

Harvey also pointed out that, after DDOT’s Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP) program was extended to Logan Circle last year, his office identified 50 new parking spaces in ANC2F for use on Sunday morning. These spaces are on streets that are heavily used during the work week, when parking is forbidden. They are now signposted as usable on Sunday mornings.

The ERPP program reserves one side one a block for cars with resident parking stickers between the hours of 7 am and midnight. The other side of the block is open to visitors for limited amounts of time.

Many members of the public, both church leaders and members of congregations, used the forum to bring their complaints about the state of parking near churches to the attention of the board. Some complained that the Sunday morning hours for the 50 parking spaces were not long enough, as church activity often started early in the morning and went on until the evening. One attributed increased parking problems to recent bicycle-friendly measures, saying that “the bicycle people are very powerful”.

The Rev. Vernon A. Shannon of the John Wesley AME Zion Church (14th and Corcoran Streets NW) testified that cars participating in a funeral at a church had been ticketed because they were double-parked in the bicycle lane on 14th Street, in spite of what Shannon understood to be promises to the contrary. Harvey replied that, while churches could apply for temporary permits for curbside parking for funerals, double-parking in bike lanes was always going to be ticketed.

The Rev. Lane Davenport of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes (Massachusetts Avenue and 12th Street NW) called for the full ANC to recommend the lifting of ERPP in the Logan Circle area on Sundays from 7am to 2pm. He characterized the ERPP as “privatizing a public space for residents.”

Wednesday’s Community Forum was the first in a series of three dedicated to discussion on parking issues with input from the public. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 27, and will address the ERPP. The final meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24, and will address visitor parking.

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Cross at Your Own Risk? Borderstan’s Dangerous Intersections


From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

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Intersections on U Street NW were among the most dangerous. (Allison Acosta)

A new report from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) shows that many of the crashes involving injury to pedestrians and cyclists in 2010-2012 took place in Borderstan’s neighborhoods. The DDOT report analyzed the top 5 percent high hazard locations using data from crash reports over the last three years.

Of the 24 hotspots for pedestrian crashes in DDOT’s report, 10 were in the Borderstan area. Four of the most dangerous intersections for cyclists were in our neighborhoods.

The stretch of U Street and Florida Avenue between 6th Street and 18th Street NW seemed to be particularly dangerous, with 15 crashes involving pedestrians and 13 involving cyclists.

The city’s most dangerous intersection was at 14th and U Streets. Pedestrians were struck by vehicles seven times and cyclists six times at this corner, adjacent to the Reeves Center. This corner has long been one of the most hazardous in the city.

DDOT spokesperson Monica Hernandez said the U Street Streetscape project will include work to smooth pavement and sidewalks between 9th and 14th Streets along U Street NW. It will also make the sidewalk on the south side of U Street between 13th and 14th Streets ADA compliant, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the project does not include plans to improve signage or pavement markings at these intersections.

According to the report, the intersection at 18th and Florida Ave has already undergone construction to improve safety and an improved design has been completed for the intersection 13th and K Streets. Improved pavement markings and signage were recommended for several of the other intersections in our area.

On March 13th, Noah Smith (ANC 2B09) plans to introduce a resolution on the recently introduced Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013 at 2B’s ANC meeting. Smith’s amendments will aim to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the bill originally introduced by Council members Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells.

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Evening Parking Restrictions for Non-Residents Coming To Ward 1


From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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New parking restrictions for Ward 1. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) started a parking sign pilot program in the ANC2F/Logan area that lengthens restricted hours for visitor parking a couple of months ago.

The program will be extended to Ward 1 over the next few weeks. These restrictions will extend to ANCs 1A, 1B and 1C (ANC 1D opted out of the ERPP program). One side of the street will have RPP restrictions, and the other side will have enhanced restrictions. Most of the U Street corridor is in Ward 1.

The program is referred to as the Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP) program. It protects parking for neighborhood residents by designating one side of the street as resident only parking from 7 am to 8:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The new signage for the ERPP program will be posted on blocks with traditional Residential Permit Parking (RPP) in the next few weeks. Crews will be working on an accelerated schedule to install about 2,500 new signs on approximately 550 neighborhood blocks included in the program. The installation will begin on or about November 17.

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U Street Temporarily Changes Its Bus Stops


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Temporary change of Bus Stops on U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Due to the U Street NW Streetscape Project, temporary bus stops have been established during the installation of bus concrete pads. The concrete pads were installed on Saturday, November 10. There are three bus stops that have been affected while the installation and curing of the concrete pads in underway, including the following:

 

1.       U Street & Vermont Avenue NW –  North side of U Street NW & East side of Vermont Avenue NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 10th Street NW.

2.       U Street & 11th Street NW – North side of U Street NW & East side of 11th Street NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 12th Street NW.

3.       U Street & 13th Street NW: North side of U Street NW & East side of 13th Street NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 12th Street NW. 

The temporary stops will be in place until Friday, November 16. Routes affected are 90, 92, 93, 96 and X3.

More information is available at UStreetProject.com.

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Work On U Street Streetscape Project Resumes Today


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Construction for the U Street Streetscape Project resumes today. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Work on the U Street NW Streetscape Project resumes today, October 1, after a five-month delay while the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) waited on a permit from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

The Streetscape Project entails the reconstruction of a 0.4-mile segment of U Street NW (from 9th Street to 14th Street). The project will improve and landscape the sidewalk areas, repair the roadway and upgrade streetlights, traffic signals and storm drains.

This week, the contractor will start excavating trenches along U Street between 9th and 14th Streets to install new electrical conduits. This work will begin on the north side of U Street at the 900 block and proceed west toward 14th Street, one block at a time. After the electrical conduit work is completed on the north side the contractor will begin working on the south side of U Street.  Work on the south side of U Street will begin at the 1400 block and proceed east toward 9th Street, one block at a time.

Throughout the duration of the electrical work, sidewalk and building access will not be affected. However, the curbside parking spaces located adjacent to the immediate work areas will be temporarily restricted between 9 am and 3 pm.

Once the electrical phase of the project is complete, construction will begin on the sidewalk, curb and gutter projects. The entire Streetscape Project is expected to be complete in Spring, 2013.

For more information about the U Street NW Streetscape Project and to sign up for future updates, visit UStreetProject.com.

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More Restricted Evening Parking Signs Going Up


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1400 block of Corcoran Strreet NW:  Parking on the north side of the block is now restricted to Zone 2 parking permit holders from 7 am to midnight. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) is implementing a parking sign pilot program in the ANC2F/Logan area that that lengthens restricted hours for visitor parking. The new signs allow for only residents with Zone 2 permits to park on the designated side of a street block from 7 am until midnight. For example, on the 1400 block of Corcoran Street NW, the restrictions are on the north side of the street.

This pilot program is part of the DC Department of Transportation’s plan to limit visitor parking in certain restricted areas and create more parking for residents.

Restrictions in Place

The following streets and blocks already have these new signs or soon will have them, according to DDOT:

  • M Street NW: blocks 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300
  • N Street NW: blocks 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400
  • O Street NW: blocks 900, 1000, 1100, 1200
  • P Street NW: blocks 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300
  • Q street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400
  • R Street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400
  • S Street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400
  • T Street NW: 1400 block
  • 10th Street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400
  • 11th Street NW: blocks 1200, 1300, 1400
  • 12th Street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500
  • 13th Street NW: blocks 1300, 1500, 1600, 1700
  • 15th Street NW: blocks 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700
  • Corcoran Street NW: blocks  1300, 1400
  • Swann Street NW: 1400 block
  • Riggs Street NW: 1300 block
  • Church Street NW: 1400 block
  • Vermont Avenue NW: blocks 1300, 1500, 1600
  • Rhode Island Avenue NW: blocks 1300, 1100
  • Columbia Street NW: 1400 block

Stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more updates on parking restrictions in the area.

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DDOT Will Unveil Design for Major Meridian Hill Park Intersection


From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Meridian Hill Park. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Wednesday, September 26, DC’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) will attend ANC 1B’s Transportation Committee meeting to unveil its design to reconfigure the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue NW, Florida Avenue NW, 15th Street NW and W Street NW.

This four-way intersection is at the southeast corner of Meridian Hill Park.

The meeting will take place at 7 pm at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street NW). All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

ANC 1B stretches from 16th Street NW to 2nd Street NW and includes most of the U Street corridor. For a map of the area, visit ANC 1B’s website. More information on Wednesday’s meeting is also available on ANC 1B’s website.

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