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Time to Report Potholes, Getting Ready for Potholepalooza

March 18, 2019

Pothole on Warder Street in front of the school.

If the streets in Park View are any indicator, it looks like the extreme swings in temperature this winter have resulted in a bumper crop of potholes for the 2019 season. New Hampshire Avenue has a good number and the section of Warder Street in front of the school and recreation center are particularly bad.

This weekend, I took some time to walk the streets, photograph potholes, and report them to the DC 311 system. As potholepalooza hasn’t kicked off yet, this seems like the perfect time to get these requests in so that our streets will be in good repair until next winter.

Many may think of potholes as a nuisance to drivers, but more than that, they can slow down bus service and significantly impact bicycle and pedestrian safety. Potholes in crosswalks, for example, become trip hazards. As noted above, we have some severe potholes in front of the Park View School building and these  need to be a priority on the repair list.

Commissioner Boese out documenting potholes to report to 311 for service.

The map below shows the areas where I found potholes thus far. I haven’t been able to walk every street yet, so if you see one on your street please add it to the 311 system.

New Pedestrian Crossing at Morton and Georgia Avenue Improves Pedestrian Safety After Getting Off on Wrong Foot

March 13, 2019

(New median system on Georgia Avenue at Morton Street.)

DDOT’s improvements to the pedestrian crossing on Georgia Avenue at Morton Street is nearly completed and will greatly increase safety for everyone who has attempted to cross this dangerous intersection in the past few years — though it got off to a rocky start this weekend. As noted on PoPville, the new concrete islands were largely completed by Saturday but were not marked by signs, warnings, or any other means of alerting drivers of the roadway changes leading to a number of accidents.

As you can see from the photos above and below, the intersection is well marked now. Additionally, a deeper review from DDOT has indicated that the original design will require modifications to on-street parking at the intersection, namely:

  • Removal of one (1) parking space on each of the corners of the intersection of Georgia Avenue & Morton Street NW, for a total of four (4) parking spaces. 

All of the existing parking in questin is metered, with a two-hour parking limit from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Saturday and with a three-and-half-hour parking limit from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Removal of these spaces is necessary for completing the installation of the median refuge islands at the intersection. A sample of what this will look like is shown in the photo below from the northeast corner of the intersection in front of Small Smiles (which already has street markings).

Georgia Avenue Thrive in particular and the neighbors that worked with them deserve a great deal of credit for their strong advocacy to improve pedestrian conditions along Georgia Avenue.

(This area in front fo Small Smiles shows where metered parking will be removed just to the north of Morton Street.)

(Working drawing from DDOT gives an overview of reconfiguration, where parking will be removed, and the placement of signage related to the new pedestiran refuge islands at Georgia and Morton.)

DDOT Improving Crosswalk Across New Hamsphire Avenue at Georgia

March 6, 2019

(Newly reworked crosswalk on New Hampshire, work still in progress)

I’m very happy to report that work began yesterday to correct the poorly configured crosswalk across New Hampshire Avenue just east of Georgia Avenue — especially the location of the cut through in the median as it related to the other crosswalk ramps. The crosswalk was installed in 2011 as part of the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project, and in 2015 I highlighted how the poor configuration of the median section actually made it impossible to cross the street in a straight line for those in wheelchairs, thus making me question if the crosswalk was ADA compliant.

(Illustration of crosswalk prior to work, showing location of crosswalk ramps and configuration of ramp in median.)

ANC1A is currently working with and supporting neighbors who have identified additional areas along lower Georgia Avenue where improvements are needed to improve pedestrian safety. I look forward to sharing news on those efforts soon.

Damaged and Missing Heritage Trail Signs Continue to Dot Community

February 24, 2019

 

The Heritage Trail sign at Georgia and Morton is loose and in need of repair.

Since 2015, I’ve continued to ask why we have Heritage Trails and Markers in our neighborhoods if DDOT has no funds or staff to keep them in good repair. In order to bring attention to this issue, in March 2018 I introduced a resolution that was unanimously passed by ANC1A urging the Mayor and DDOT to address this growing issue. At that time I listed four known heritage trail signs that were missing.

Today, I personally visited the four sites of the missing signs as well as a few others to see if any progress had been made over the past year. Sadly, the four signs are still missing. I’ve also noticed two more that are loose and in need of repair.

The signs in question are:

  • Sign #16: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Damaged sign reported nearly 6 years ago, sign missing (Location: Georgia and Kenyon);
  • Sign #17: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: Georgia and Morton);
  • Sign #4: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 5 years, since at least May 2014 (Location: 14th and Monroe);
  • Sign #6: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 2 ½ years, since at least November 2016 (Location: 13th and Monroe);
  • Sign #7: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: 11th and Kenyon); and,
  • Sign #17: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 3 ½ years, since at least July 2015 (Location: 16th and Harvard).

Tomorrow, I’m signed up to testify before the Committee on Transportation & the Environment at the Council’s Performance Oversight Hearing. I’ll be adding the issue of the heritage trail signs to my list of items that I need to address.

(The sign at 14th and Monroe has been missing for nearly 4 years.)

Update on Pepco’s Harvard Distribution Project

February 15, 2019

Yesterday Pepco shared that they are still on scheduled to complete their current round of construction near for the Harvard Substation Distribution Project by the end of March 2019. Since their public meeting on January 15th,  Pepco has continued its construction along Sherman Avenue and is currently finishing the manhole on Florida Avenue.

Moving forward into the next phase of work, Pepco held a meeting with DDOT and the construction team for The Wren (Wholefoods) development to discuss the next phase of work in the immediate areas along Florida and Sherman Avenues and coordinate the construction projects.

Following is a Summary of what was discussed at the Pepco Coordination Meeting:

  • DDOT inspectors reviewed Pepco TCP plans for the intersections of W Street/Florida Avenue as well as construction plans for The Wren Development;
  • Starting Monday, February 18th Pepco will begin excavation at W Street across Florida Avenue to connect conduit to the manhole currently being installed closets to the Florida/Sherman Avenue intersection;
  • Door hangers will be distributed along areas impacted as notification;
  • Construction will be during normal hours as defined DDOT;
  • Crews will ensure that steal plates are secured each night to avoid noise disturbance;
  • Pepco crews will coordinate with The Wren (crews) as they will need to install equipment needed for the new pedestrian signals that will be installed for access to The Whole Foods. This will be done as appropriate;
  • Once Pepco crews are complete with construction (March 2019), The Wren will then begin its construction to install the remainder of the equipment needed for signal installation;
  • Once The Wren has finished its construction, Pepco will then repave/resurface the intersection from curb to curb;
  • Once Pepco is ready to repave the road, crews will need to close one lane at a time in order to mill and pave the road. This should only be a 3 day operation and will be done once The Wren has completed its equipment instillation. They will do their own outreach to notify residents when construction wills start;
  • Crews are working to complete the remaining construction near the 2000 BLOCK of Sherman Avenue. Once this is complete Pepco will work to pave an mill the road in a similar fashion (one lane at a time). Pepco is currently revising their TCP’s to reflect safe accommodations along Sherman Avenue. Pepco will provide notice once they are ready to begin paving along Sherman Avenue. Crews are still on pace to complete construction along Sherman Avenue by May 2019; and,
  • Pepco still anticipates further construction on Sherman Avenue (north of Euclid), as well as Girard and Harvard Streets starting June 2019. Pepco will alert impacted residents in advance of any construction or if this time frame should change.

Below is a project overview sheet including a map of the impacted area for those who use Sherman Avenue.

DDOT Planning to Establish No-Right-On-Red at 101 DC Intersections

December 31, 2018

On December 21st, the District Department of Transportation notified Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners across Washington that they plan to establish No-Turn-on-Red restrictions at 101 signalized intersections across the city. These intersections were identified based on factors and criteria identified in the federally mandated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the DC Municipal Regulations, which identify factors including an intersection’s complexity, level of pedestrian activity, potential for significant conflicts, and crash history, to name a few.

Intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, Georgia Avenue, and Rock Creek Church Road, NW

In reviewing the list of intersection where DDOT intends to make this change, the areas in and closest to Park View include the following signaled intersections:

  • Georgia Ave., New Hampshire Ave., & Rock Creek Church Rd.
  • Georgia Ave. & Otis Place
  • Georgia Ave. & Randloph St.
  • 14th St. & Columbia Rd.
  • 13th St. & Kenyon St.
  • 14th St. & Kenyon St.

Drivers will want to pay attention to all impacted intersections, though, as intersections further away from the area also will have an impact. I’ve mapped out the impacted intersections based on the DDOT list as many may find the information in map form more useful.

Overall, I like the directly DDOT is going with this as it has been my observation that many who turn right on red are more focused on seeing if the coast is clear of oncoming traffic and not always paying attention to pedestrians and others who are in crosswalks they are turning onto.

That said, I hope DDOT will use this opportunity to evaluate if a better city-wide policy is needed. I’m not entirely convinced that drivers will be able to remember which intersections will allow and which will deny them the opportunity to turn right-on-red. I’m equally doubtful that there is a solid plan for enforcement. For example, the intersection of Georgia Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, and Rock Creek Church Road already does not allow left-turns at any time and signs are clearly posted — yet I have seen drivers do this with no consequences beyond drivers behind them using their horns and expressing anger as they pass by.

Intersection of Georgia Avenue and Otis Place, NW

 

Monthly Park View Cleanup Scheduled for Saturday, 12/1 at Georgia & Irving

November 28, 2018

The next Park View cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st. See flyer below for details.


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