Archive for the ‘Streets and Trees’ category

New Stop Sign in the Works for Warder

December 2, 2014

Stop for pedestrian signs(Intersection of Warder and Princeton. New crosswalk signs were added in May 2011)

Traffic safety at the intersection of Warder and Princeton streets has been a concern for a while. I’ve received many requests over the past few years seeking better traffic calming. In response, DDOT installed new crosswalk signs in May 2011. After the November 5, 2014, accident at the intersection, DDOT agreed to study the safety of the intersection again.

I’ve since learned that DDOT has completed their field review and crash analysis of the intersection, and based on the location of this intersection in relationship to the Recreation Center and the number of accidents, DDOT will be installing new stop signs making it an all-way stop.

DDOT is in the process of submitting the necessary documents required to implement the change at this location, so stay tuned. I’ll provide an update when its available.

 

Area Sidewalks Damaged by Tree Roots to be Repaired with Flexipave

November 12, 2014

About a week ago, I was notified that the District of Columbia’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) will soon begin work to repair sidewalks that have been damaged by street trees at locations citywide. According to their notification, this work will be completed using a new sidewalk material, a flexible porous paving, which is commonly called flexipave. The citywide locations have all been identified by a UFA Urban Forester or Ward Arborist and were selected based on the damage to the sidewalk and the necessity of using alternate materials to preserve street trees.

The UFA further explained that “Flexipave is designed to reduce the damage to sidewalks by tree roots, and to provide the additional environmental benefits of allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the tree space. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional materials for a number of reasons. The material is made from recycled tires and stone aggregate; it is mixed with a urethane adhesive and poured on site to create a paving material that is 100% porous. This permeability allows stormwater to infiltrate into the groundwater, and because the installation is low impact and the material flexible, it is well suited for tree preservation, since it will not break or buckle due to the growth of tree roots beneath it.”

In looking at the map of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A, I was able to identify 6 locations where this work will be done — 1 on the 600 b/o Princeton Place; 3 on the 700 b/o Lamont Street;  1 on the 1100 b/o Park Road; and 1 on the 1400 b/o Irving Street. The map below shows these locations with the red darts. You can also click on the map to navigate throughout all of Washington to see all the locations where work will occur.

Flexipaver map(Click on map to go to navigable map of flexipaver locations)

Lane Markings Added to New Crosswalk Median at Georgia and Newton

November 11, 2014

I heard from several residents after the new crosswalk median was installed at Georgia Avenue and Newton Street at the end of October. The chief concern was that the median encroached into the southbound traffic lanes causing a lane shift that was difficult to see. I brought this to DDOT’s attention, and while I don’t know if this was already planned or in response to my advocacy, a crew came out on Friday, November 7th, to paint new lane markings alerting drivers to the new traffic pattern. You can see the new markings below.

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(Above and below — View of Georgia Avenue toward the south at the intersection of Newton Place, NW)

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2014-2015 Leaf Collection Season Underway

November 4, 2014

2014 leaf collection schedule

Residential street sweeping ended for the season on October 31st, and now the Department of Public Works is transitioning into fall leaf collection mode.  The 2014-2015 leaf collection season began on Monday, November 3rd, but don’t panic. As will past years, leaf collection begins in the area west of 16th Street in Ward 1, and there are two opportunities to get the leaves out for collection.

According to DPW, this year, leaf collection runs from November 3, 2014 through January 10, 2015. Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties. Leaves will be removed from neighborhood treeboxes at least twice, following the schedule that can be found on the image at the right and at the Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood available on the DPW Website. DPW asks residents to place their leaves in the treebox space the Sunday before each collection cycle.

Loose leaves raked into the treeboxes will be composted.  Bagged leaves placed in the treebox space or where trash and recycling are collected will not be composted.

During the last two weeks of leaf collection season (December 28-January 10), DPW will collect holiday trees and other greenery from residents whose trash is collected by DPW.  Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash is collected. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not put the tree(s) and greenery in a bag.

The 2014-2015 leaf collection brochure is also available online if you would like to see the collection schedule for the entire city.

Find out Where the New Trees will be Planted this 2014/2015 Season

November 3, 2014

Do you like trees (and dislike empty tree boxes)? Then you may want to check out the 2014/2015 scheduled street tree planting locations on the map below.  While I previously included this map as part of the Summary of DDOT’s Ward 1 meeting last week, I know many in the neighborhood care about street trees and wanted to make sure they new about this years tree planting locations.

2015 Tree planting map(Click on image for citywide interactive map)

The tree planting map is interactive and identifies 6,400 proposed planting locations throughout the city as well as the 4,200 trees planted last year (indicated on the map as orange points). Clicking any of the planting locations will call-out the species name and the street address.

New Crosswalk Median Installed on Georgia Avenue

October 30, 2014

A new median was installed  on Georgia Avenue last week just south of the intersection with Newton. It is intended to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street at this intersection. I also understand that it has caused a little confusion for those driving south on Georgia as it required a slight lane change to accommodate the median. It appeared to me that new street markings still needed to be painted when I reviewed it over the weekend, though my inquiry to DDOT has not yet been answered.

Below are photos of what to expect.

IMG_7474(View of new crosswalk median from the northeast)

IMG_7466(View of new median from the southwest)

You Can Start Requesting Your 2015 Visitor Park Pass

October 3, 2014

Visitor Parking Pass flierAt the end of September, residents with visitor parking passes will have noticed that their 2014 passes expired at the end of the month, yet they hadn’t received their new passes. Like last year, DDOT has extended their use until December 31, 2014.

But unlike last year, if you want a new visitor parking pass for 2015, you have to go to the DDOT Web site and request a 2015 pass. According to the DDOT Web site (http://vpp.ddot.dc.gov/vpp/) eligible residents can now start pre-registering for their 2015 passes.

The August 22, 2014, DDOT press release explaining some of these changes is below:

DDOT Releases Proposed Rules to Revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program


(Washington, DC)
 – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of proposed rules that will modify the annual Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program, and clarify the process for eligible households to receive, and use a 2015 visitor parking pass. The rules are open for a 30-day comment period, and DDOT welcomes comments on the proposed regulations.

The VPP program allows guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential blocks. The current 2014 passes, which would have expired on September 30, 2014, have been extended, and are valid until the end of the year. Starting January 1, 2015, DDOT proposes that the annual VPP be effective for a calendar year.

These proposed rules will require eligible households (within Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F) to register either online at http://vpp.ddot.dc.gov, or by phone at (202) 671-2700 to receive an annual VPP. The revision to the program will help DDOT better manage the demands, and evaluate program needs going forward. Depending on the outcome of the comment period, DDOT anticipates opening up registration in late October 2014.

Additionally, the proposed rules clarify the privileges and restrictions of a VPP, that it provides temporary residential permit parking privileges to a vehicle, as long as that vehicle displays a valid pass on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, and is used only within the ANC boundaries indicated on the pass.

“We appreciate that this has been a popular program in areas that use the passes,” said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. “These regulations will enable us to streamline the program, expand the eligible recipients and improve the management of the program. We encourage the public to weigh in on the rules.”

To view or to comment on the proposed rules, please visit the following website: http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=5065357

Written comments may be sent to  Samuel D. Zimbabwe, Associate Director, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003. However, comments sent to DDOT’s Public Space Policy Office, are encouraged.


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