A proposed project from the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) could change the way pedestrians, cyclists and bus riders use the 14th Street corridor by late 2017.
The department is currently seeking public comment on a streetscape project that would span 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue. The design as currently proposed includes new “bulb-outs” that would let buses pick up passengers without pulling out of traffic, “cut-through” bike lanes, new crosswalks, streetlights, bike racks and benches, among other improvements.
The purpose of the design, according to DDOT, is to increase multi-modal safety, improve the corridor’s pedestrian safety and ADA compliance and add new character to the area. DDOT project manager Rick Kenney presented the design before Logan Circle’s ANC 2F and 14th Street/U Street’s ANC 1B during the commissions’ monthly meetings last week.
“It’s going to make a significant improvement to the commercial corridor,” said Commissioner John Fanning during ANC 2F’s meeting.
ANC 2F voted unanimously to support the project with the following recommendations from its community development committee:
- Design of the bus bulb-outs should be refined.
- There should be a dedicated bike lane adjacent to the curb throughout each block, not just where there are bus stations.
- There should be shields or other fixtures assisting with light pollution on the streetlights.
DDOT estimates it will begin construction on the new streetscape project by December and complete the project roughly one year later.
Photos via DDOT presentation; h/t to Northwest Current and Mark Lieberman for uploading the PDF