by Tim Regan — October 23, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

16th Street north of Scott Circle

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close one southbound lane on the service road along 16th Street NW just north of Scott Circle for repairs next Monday.

While the lane is closed, workers will repair the road and conduct “bridge preservation activities.”

Though the closure may cause some inconvenience, DDOT said, motorists shouldn’t expect major traffic headaches.

The repairs and lane closure are expected to last until Nov. 10, DDOT said.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — October 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm 4 Comments

S2 bus

A condominium association and a community leader in Adams Morgan are speaking up against a proposal to create bus-only lanes on 16th Street NW.

Beekman Place condo owners at 16th and Belmont streets NW and ANC 1C commissioner JonMarc Buffa, whose district includes the area, have urged the District Department of Transportation not to remove lanes for normal car traffic. DDOT is studying whether dedicated bus lanes and other changes could help combat the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2 and S4 lines.

Axing lanes for normal car traffic would inconvenience many locals who normally drive to work, Buffa and the condo owners wrote in recent letters to DDOT. Borderstan obtained the letters this week.

“Many of my constituents are forced to travel by car because their jobs are located in areas that are not metro-accessible and so their ability to use 16th St. will be adversely affected,” Buffa wrote. “The consensus of my constituents is to ask DDOT to reject the installation of dedicated bus lanes. This was the most common concern that my constituents raised with me.”

Although the condo owners are against bus lanes, they aren’t anti-public transit, they note in their letter.

The condo owners wrote that they support more bus service and keeping stops at V and 16th streets NW. A plan to eliminate the stops at the intersection is among the bus service changes DDOT is considering.

Many Beekman Place residents “have chosen to live in the District but often have long commutes to jobs where public transportation is simply not an option,” the condo owners wrote. “Though some may argue that installing dedicated bus lanes would bring about a change in behavior and result in more residents using public transportation, this simply isn’t the case as these commuters have no choice but to drive to work based on the location of their jobs.”

DDOT is expected to complete its study of transit fixes and alternatives by January 2016.

by Tim Regan — October 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm 0

STOCK-18The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs and upgrades in Logan Circle next month.

Workers will perform the maintenance on Nov. 2 on 14th Street NW from Rhode Island Ave. to N St. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.

Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.

DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.

by Tim Regan — September 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

STOCK-5The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to install several new bike lanes in and around Logan Circle.

DDOT representatives will share the department’s plans during an upcoming ANC 2F meeting at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) this Thursday at 7 p.m.

During the meeting, the department will give its notice of intent for installation of bike lanes in the following locations:

  • N St. NW between 15th St. and Vermont Ave. NW
  • M St. NW between 9th St. NW and Blagden Alley
  • 12th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. and L St. NW

If the projects meet the ANC’s approval, DDOT will begin installing the lanes in October, said department communications specialist Michelle Phipps-Evans.

by Tim Regan — September 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Mass. Ave and 18th St. NWThe District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs near Dupont Circle next month.

Workers will perform the work “on or around” Oct. 5 at the intersection of 18th Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.

Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.

DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Whitman-Walker Health CenterCyclists will soon have a new place to park their bikes on 14th Street NW.

A District Department of Transportation (DDOT) spokesperson confirmed the department will install two new two-bicycle racks in front of the Whitman-Walker Health Center at 1525 14th Street NW “within a few weeks, permits pending.”

Yellow markers indicating where the bike racks will be installed were stenciled onto the sidewalk in front of the health center last week, noted one Twitter user.

Whitman-Walker Health spokesman Shawn Jain says the health center requested the new racks in May.

“There’s about a hundred staff who work in the building, and at least a handful ride their bikes to work,” Jain says. “We also have some patients who’d want to be biking to the health center. We wanted to make sure there was a place for them to park their bikes.”

“Having bike racks in front of our health center fits in with the community health and wellness we want to promote,” Jain added. “Obviously, biking is a great physical activity, both for our patients and our employees.”

Image courtesy of Whitman-Walker; photo by Scott Henrichsen

by Sean Meehan — August 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0


Community members will be able to weigh in on proposed changes to buses on 16th Street NW at a Citizen Advisory Group meeting tonight.

The meeting, which will be at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St. NW) will run from 6:30-8 p.m. and is open to the public.

The meeting seeks to add community input to the 16th Street NW transit priority planning study, which began in March and looks at the transit conditions along 16th Street between H Street and Arkansas Avenue .

At the first Citizen Advisory Group meeting in May, community members identified the major problems along the street, one of the busiest corridors for bus traffic in the city. Bus bunching, overcrowded buses, buses passing by stops and traffic congestion were all listed as priority problems along the road.

At tonight’s meeting, citizens will have another chance to identify problems with existing services along the street, as well as give input on possible solutions that the planning study authors have floated. These solutions include bus-specific green lights so buses can get ahead of other traffic, tweaking the timing of buses to prevent overcrowding and adding more buses to the line.

The Department of Transportation plans to have a third Citizen Advisory Group meeting in early fall and is slated to complete their study of transit fixes and alternatives by January 2016.

by Sean Meehan — August 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm 0

A stretch of O Street NW that has been closed since 1977 was opened today as a “green street” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Muriel Bowser and representatives from the EPA and several district departments.

The street, which runs beside Dunbar High School between 1st and 3rd Streets, was designated a “green street” because it channels stormwater runoff into 33 roadside garden boxes, keeping the water from running into the district’s waterways.

In a brief press conference, Bowser touted the street’s wide walkways and said that it is built to capture thousands of gallons of water during storms.

“We’re here to show people that green streets are livable, this street has wide walkways and they’re sustainable. This street will capture thousands of gallons of stormwater when it rains,” Bowser said.

The project was funded in part by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The trust’s executive director Jana Davis got the biggest applause of the day when she said that the stretch of O Street was indicative of how D.C. serves as a model for the rest of the region when it comes to building environmentally friendly infrastructure.

Also in attendance were Department of Energy and Environment director Tommy Wells, Department of Transportation director Leif Dormsjo, and regional EPA administrator Shawn Garvin. Bowser also used the press conference as a chance to introduce the incoming director of the Department of General Services Chris Weaver, a retired Rear Admiral in the Navy.

In response to a question a recent report alleging a lack of financial oversight in the department, Bowser said that her new appointee is dedicated to cleaning up the department’s finances without losing focus on the department’s goal of expanding environmentally friendly infrastructure projects.

“We are not backing away from investing in green building for our schools and public facilities,” she said, “but we have to find a way to do it in a cost-effective way.”

After Wells emphasized the need to retrofit other streets in the city to better manage stormwater runoff, Mayor Bowser said that green street projects similar to O Street are planned for Minnesota Avenue and 15th Street NW.

by Tim Regan — August 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Vision Zero Bikeshare bikes

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Bikeshare today put 30 safety-themed Bikeshare bikes into circulation near Dupont Circle.

The new bikes can be rented from the Bikeshare docks at Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle NW.

The bikes bear custom-made wheels to promote D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate bike fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

As part of the new initiative, DDOT is asking Capital Bikeshare riders to “Bikeshare their safety stories” by tweeting at the @DCVisionZero Twitter account. Additionally, riders are being asked to report unsafe intersections and roads on DDOT’s Vision Zero Safety Map.

Image via DDOT

by Sean Meehan — August 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau urged the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to invest more in protected bike lanes and highlighted several priority areas within her Ward in a letter to the District Department of Transportation sent yesterday.

According to the letter, Nadeau worked with bicycling advocates in Ward 1 to identify areas where bike lanes were needed the most, including protected bike lanes along 15th Street NW between V and Euclid Streets NW, which runs alongside Meridian Hill Park; 14th Street NW, particularly between Florida Avenue and Euclid Street NW; and 11th Street NW, particularly an extension of existing bike lanes to Kansas Avenue NW.

The letter also called for the completion of the Florida Avenue streetscape project between Sherman Avenue and U Street NW, and for DDOT to support the eastern downtown protected bike lane study.

Nadeau emphasized the need for protected bike lanes, saying that they are safer and cause less illegal parking problems.

“Continued investment in bicycle commuting infrastructure will mean less traffic, cleaner air and healthier residents,” she said in the letter. “Prioritization of these projects would address current gaps in the system and would help to make the District and Ward 1 an even better place to live.”

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

STOCK-18Commuters who travel on Georgia Avenue near Howard University will have to put up with “moderate-to-heavy delays” until May of next year, says DDOT.

On Tuesday, the city department closed one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue NW between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW.

DDOT says the closures are needed to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along that stretch of Georgia Avenue. The work also includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction.

These city expects to complete the project in May of 2016.

by Tim Regan — July 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold a public meeting tonight to present the plans and schedule for its upcoming 15th Street NW safety improvements.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at St. Augustine Catholic Church, located at 1419 V Street NW.

The project, which spans approximately .26 miles, includes pavement resurfacing of 15th Street NW and the installation of new traffic signals, streetlights and drainage and bike lanes.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

by Tim Regan — June 19, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

R Street NW, Photo via Google Street ViewThe District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin resurfacing the portion of R Street NW that runs between 8th and 13th streets NW starting next Friday, June 26.

DDOT estimates the work will take roughly two weeks to complete.

Curbside parking and some lanes will be restricted during construction hours, which last from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Photo via Google Street View

by Borderstan.com — June 18, 2013 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

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


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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by Borderstan.com — May 16, 2013 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

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

"Bike Lane"

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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