Update on DDOT’s North/South Bike Lane Project

Posted January 31, 2021 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, DDOT, parking, Streets and Trees, streetscape, Transportation, Uncategorized

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DDOT staff presented updates of their plans for protected bike lanes on Park Place, Warder Street, and Kenyon Street at the January 26th ANC1A Transportation Committee meeting. During the meeting they were able to share updated plans for Park Place and Kenyon Street specifically, but are still working on new plans for Warder Street. As such, they were only able to discuss Warder in general terms. The discussion centered on Kenyon Street primarily focused on updates to the current configuration for the 400 block of the street intended to improve safety, but also showed a very early concept to extend the bike lanes west to Georgia Avenue.

DDOT is currently wrapping up their 30% plan design, with the project projected to be at the 60% design phase in late spring or early summer. DDOT hopes to have the plan 100% completed by next winter. Their goal is to begin work on the project as soon as weather permits in the spring of 2022.

One of three design concepts DDOT shared for the redesign of Park Place, NW. This view is looking south of Park Place from Princeton Place.

Based on the updated plans that were shared, DDOT is planning to incorporate strategic bulb outs along Park Place to improve intersection safety at several locations, including Park Place minor, Otis Place, Newton Place, and Luray Place. They also are planning to include about 10 new street trees on both Park Place and Warder Street, though specific locations have not yet been selected.

For Park Place, there was some conversation on whether or not the east side of the street should be a protected bike lane and include additional parking, or if instead of parking it should have an on-grade walking path. While there is interest in the walking path option, DDOT was clear that they are still exploring this option and not certain that they could do it.

Detail from the Park Place design set, showing proposed street configuration and bump outs at Park Place (right) and Otis (left).

Lastly, DDOT is agreeable to making Park Road a one-way street. Based on the conversation it appears that the street would be one-way east-bound. This would also allow for double-sided on-street parking along Park Road between Georgia Avenue and Park Place. A contraflow bike lane would also be a part of this configuration.

Residents who have specific questions about this project are requested to communicate to DDOT through their ANC commissions as the fastest way to receive feedback.

You can see the full plan sets presented at the meeting at the following links.

30% Park Place Plan set (January 2021)

30% Kenyon Street Plan set (January 2021)

Community Conversation on North-South Bike Lanes Scheduled for Thursday, November 12th

Posted November 9, 2020 by Kent
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ANC 1A is hosting a special virtual public information and feedback forum with DDOT representatives regarding the ongoing Crosstown transportation project on Thursday, November 12th. The webinar will focus on the north/south portions of the bike lane project in Park View along Warder Street and Park Place, with future meetings to focus on westward expansion.  

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, beginning at 7 pm. There are three ways to join:

Bicycle lanes were first installed on 5th Street NW/Park Place NW and 7th Street NW/Warder Street NW between 2006 and 2010. However, many in the community have requested protected bike lanes in this portion of the project. DDOT’s Crosstown project provides an opportunity to reassess the existing street design of Park Place NW, Warder Street NW, 7th Street NW, and 5th Street NW to examine design options for protected bicycle lanes.

In order to balance competing needs for public space and to address streetscape and safety issues, ANC1A has requested DDOT consider making Park Road a one-way street to allow for parking on both sides of the street and to consider strategic curb bulb outs for street trees and to improve crosswalk safety.

More information about this project is located at https://www.dccycletrack.com/crosstown

DPW Reverses Course — Leaf Collection to Remain Unchanged this Year

Posted November 5, 2020 by Kent
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Earlier this season, Mayor Bowser announced that the Department of Public Works would not be collecting leaves as in past years. Instead DPW planned to give every household they served bags in which to bag leaves for collection. While this plan was reportedly due to public health concerns related to COVID, it did not provide a solution for residents who do not live in residential properties.

Last week, the District changed course and decided to instead move forward with leaf collection unchanged from previous years. Bags are no longer needed. As of October 31, residents are being asked to rake their
leaves and place them in the front of their residence at the curb or in the tree box for collection.

Below is the map that shows the four collection areas in Ward 1. Park View residents live in Zone C. The collection schedule for Zone C is as follows:

  • Rake leaves out by November 22 for collection between November 23 to 28.
  • Rake leaves out by December 27 for collection between December 28 to January 2, 2021.

This is the Last Day to Get Counted for the Census!

Posted October 15, 2020 by Kent
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Today is the  LAST DAY to  participate in the 2020 census!

Here’s how you  can make sure you are counted:

  • ONLINE at 2020Census.gov by October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • BY PHONE at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) through October 15
  • PAPER census questionnaires must be postmarked by October 15
  • OPEN your door to a US Census taker.

YOU MATTER, GET COUNTED

Reduced Metrobus Service Levels and Hours on Table as WMATA Addresses COVID-19 Budget Impacts

Posted October 12, 2020 by Kent
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The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars, and six months after the pandemic began, ridership remains extremely low. According to WMATA, the combined ridership on Metrorail and Metrobus in September 2020 was down nearly 80% from pre-pandemic levels. To address this WMATA has implemented systemwide reductions in service levels and hours. Go to the WMATA Website for details.

Budget impact notice posted at a bus stop on Rock Creek Church Road

To get public feedback related to service reductions, WMATA has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, October 13th and is accepting writing feedback by 9 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020. You can take a survey and provide written feedback here, and click here to learn about ways to participate in the public hearing.

While many of the changes have a limited impact on Park View residents, that can’t be said for the crosstown bus service.

The H2, H4, and H8 lines all have reduced weekday service adjustments, and the H8 also has reduced Saturday service. While these bus routes typically do not have the same high volume of ridership as the north-south routes on Georgia Avenue, 14th Street, and 16th Street, the crosstown travel has long been a challenge for many and those who rely on these routes really don’t have good alternatives to them.

The H8 connections Mt. Pleasant, Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue, and perhaps more critically the H2 & H4 routes connect Metrorail riders and various communities with the Washington Hospital Center. Below is a general map showing the H2, H4, & H8 routes.

H2, H4, & H8 bus routes where service was reduced due to COVID-19 impacts.

You can also watch the 9 min. video below in addition to checking out the WMATA Website.

Improvements Coming to Wangari Gardens — Which Options do You Like?

Posted October 12, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Community Gardens, Environment, Public space

Wangari Gardens recently received two small grants to make improvements to the site and they are seeking community feedback on the future design of the gardens. You can see the four proposed designs here.

The gardeners have created a brief questionnaire and are seeking community input to ensure that changes to Wangari don’t just improve the gardens, but also serve the greater community.

Take the survey here! The survey will close on October 31, 2020.

One of the four designs created by UMD Students for Wangari Gardens

Wangari Gardens is cared for entirely by residents. This past Spring they hosted a design workshop and online survey, with the support of landscape architecture students from the University of Maryland. Wangari received a dozen visualizations of those ideas and have selected four designs to serve as examples to present to all of the gardeners, neighbors, and the wider community for input.

The survey will ask you about your reactions to the four student designs. Based on the responses Wangari will prepare a formal open space plan for the site with funding from a Pepco Sustainable Communities grant and the help of a local professional.

Redeveloping Park Morton: Where do things stand?

Posted September 28, 2020 by Kent
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A lot has happened since the beginning of the year related to redeveloping Park Morton. Some of it is positive, some of it is disappointing, and much of it is causing confusion and angst throughout the community. As the overall redevelopment of Park Morton is complex, split over two sites, and is a mix of local and federal jurisdictions this post will attempt to provide an overview of where things stand and next steps.

The Bruce-Monroe Site

The development for the Bruce-Monroe Site as approved by the Zoning Commission.

As many may remember, the temporary park space that was once the site of the Bruce-Monroe Elementary School located on Georgia Avenue between Irving Street and Columbia Road was selected as the original “Build-First” site for the Park Morton redevelopment.

The Bruce Monroe portion of the project is particularly significant because it would provide 273 affordable units, including 189 in an apartment building, 76 in a senior building, and eight townhomes. Of the 273 units, 90 would be replacement apartments for Park Morton residents. The remaining 109 units would be affordable at 60 percent of the median family income, while 70 would be market-rate. The site would also create a permanent 1-acre park along Columbia Road. Read the rest of this post »

Park View Athletic Field Closing Today for Replacement

Posted September 21, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Parks and Green spaces, Restoration repair and maintenance

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The DC Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Park View Recreation Athletic Fields on September 21 for the planned replacement of its artificial turf. Originally, DPR’s plan was to replace the artificial turf in kind, which had many in the neighborhood concerned due to safety concerns.

Since the meetings with the community late last year, DPR has since decided to use an organic infill system called Brockfill. This infill system is an organic product, made with tree fibers, that provides a safe surface for both active adults and children in organized sports activities and unstructured play. According to DPR, the Brockfill infill system also absorbs rainwater and condensation, slowly releasing moisture over time for extended cooling properties.

It is hoped that the new field will be completed and back online by November 30th (weather permitting). The field was originally planned to be replace in the Spring of 2020, putting this replacement about six month later than planned.

The athletic field was closed on June 20, 2019, and unavailable for use following notice that DGS sent out that it was one of 13 fields that had failed their annual G-MAX testing. Over the past several months neighbors have slowly begun to use the field again.

 

(The Park View Athletic field is scheduled to be closed from September 21-November 30 for replacement)

Heads Up: Two Minor Power Outages Planned for Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted May 21, 2020 by Kent
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Pepco shared the following about two overnight power outages that will occur as part of their Harvard Conversion Project. Please plan accordingly.

Start of Pepco notice:

“As part of the Harvard Conversion Project, a multi-phased reliability project, Pepco has made upgrades to distribution feeders in the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Ward 1. For the safety of residents and our employees as we perform this work, we must temporarily stop service to the following neighborhoods during these times:

  • May 21, Thursday at 11p.m. – 5a.m.: 500 and 600 blocks of Park Road NW; 3000 and 3100 blocks of Park Place NW; 400 block of Irving Street NW; 700 block of Lamont NW; 600 block of Morton Street NW
  • May 26, Tuesday at 11p.m. – 6a.m.: 400, 500, and 600 blocks Kenyon Street NW; 3100 & 3200 block of Warder Street NW

Both outages will be approximately 6 hours in duration. We have sent notices to the customers who will experience an outage on May 21. Customers on Kenyon Street and Warder Street area will receive notices on Thursday, May 21 to alert them of the outage on May 26. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our system to continue to provide you with reliable service.”

Update on the Irving/Kenyon Crosstown Protect Bike Lane Project

Posted May 4, 2020 by Kent
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Milling and paving work on Kenyon Street, looking west from Irving Street intersection.

For people who may not be out and about due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Stay-at-Home Order currently in place, you may not be aware of the progress that DDOT is making on the Crosstown Protected Bike Lane project that will connect Brookland and Park View along Irving Street to the north of the Washington Hospital Center.

Those who live near Wangari Gardens or have traveled past the hospitals recently will have noticed that Irving and Kenyon streets east of Park Place have seen a lot of activity with crews milling and paving the streets. This work was in preparation for the crosstown protected bike lanes and appears to be nearly completed.

Due to this progress, DDOT reports that the project to construct the protected bike lanes is on schedule to begin this week. The section where implementation will occur is from Michigan Avenue on the east to Warder Street on the west.

Click here to see the plans from DDOT for the Irving and Kenyon street protected bike lane.

I am also including images below on the Kenyon Street sections as they are the areas neighbors in Park View will be most interested in.

(Paving work on Irving Street)


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