Archive for the ‘Streets and Trees’ category

New Crosswalks Signs Installed on New Hampshire at Otis Place, NW

May 25, 2017

Yesterday new signs were installed for the HAWK light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Unlike a traditional stoplight, at this intersection pedestrians push the button to activate flashing lights, which in turn are intended to stop traffic so that the pedestrians can cross the street. However, cars frequently do not stop for the flashing lights.

As you can see from the photos, the new signs include a stop sign graphic, include the phrase “DC Law”, and have a separate sign below the flashing lights that states “Up to $250 fine”. This is a significant upgrade from the old signs installed in August 2010 which merely indicated that there was a crosswalk.

Time will tell if the new signs increase the number of vehicles that stop for pedestrians, but I’m happy to see DDOT is aware of the need to improve safety at this intersection.

North Capitol Street Resurfacing Begins, Work Duration Expected to be Four Weeks

May 17, 2017

For anyone who uses North Capitol Street, here is a heads up that was released yesterday stating that work to resurface North Capitol has begun and is expected to take 4 weeks. The impacted area is from Florida Avenue (south) to New Hampshire Avenue (north). North Capitol is a convenient way to or leave the neighborhood to many points south, so this is sure to impact area drivers during this period.

Text of the DDOT news release can be found here or below:

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin roadway resurfacing on North Capitol Street today, May 16, weather permitting.

The work, to be conducted from New Hampshire Avenue NW to Florida Avenue NW, is expected to take 4 weeks to complete.

Work will generally be conducted from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday; and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday; however, certain sections will be worked on from 9:00 pm to 5:00am, Monday through Friday.

During construction, at least one lane will be open in each direction. Curbside parking will not be available on some sections of North Capitol Street during work times. Parking restriction signs will be posted 72 hours in advance at locations where parking will not be allowed. Each sign will list the duration of the restriction and the engineer-in-charge’s contact information.

Variable message signs will be in place to guide motorists. DDOT encourages all motorists traveling through the work zone to stay alert.

Park View Fire Call Box Harps Get Spruced Up

May 15, 2017

(Top of fire call box harp at Warder and Otis)

Recently, the three remaining fire call box harps in the neighborhood were spruced up. Each of them was painted black with gold accents. I especially like how the neighborhood name was added to the top of each.

While there are only three of these in the neighborhood presently, there were at least twelve fire call stations in Park View at one time. Over the past decade, I know of two harps that were taken out by cars, and the call box harp at Princeton and Georgia was nearly lost in 2011 when DDOT removed it during street construction. I successfully advocated for the harp’s return specifically with the idea that it could be part of an art project along with the other harps.

The recent improvements to the call boxes really enhance the streetscape where they are located. Perhaps, eventually, we’ll be able to incorporate some small art or images where the call boxes were once located as well.

(The call box harp at Warder and Otis is one of three in the neighborhood that have recently been repainted.)

Checking Out Pedestrian Safety in the Neighborhood

May 10, 2017

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article that included a map showing the worst D.C. intersections for pedestrians. I found it interesting, particularly when looking at the intersections in our area. A glance at the map quickly shows that the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Park Road is a location with a high incident rate. In fact, in looking at the entire map, two of the worst intersections for pedestrians are located in Ward 1. In addition to the intersection of Georgia and Park Rd (ranked #8) is the intersection of 14th and U Street (ranked #4)

(Click on map for citywide interactive version).

One thing that is really useful in the map is how each intersection with a dot shows the related statistical data. So going back to the Georgia and Park Rd example, you can click on the dot and see the injuries, crashes, fatalities, and overall danger index.

(Detail from pedestrian safety map showing statistics for intersection of Georgia and Park Rd, NW)

DDOT Changing Dumpster Requirements

May 8, 2017

On Thursday, May 4th, DDOT announced that they were making some changes to the requirements for use of dumpsters. The full news release with details is below. I’m happy to see that DDOT is incentivizing the use of smaller dumpsters and limiting the number of parking spaces that can be used per dumpster.  I still think that the District undercharges permit holders for the use of public space in high demand areas, a position I took as part of a resolution I introduced at ANC1A back in July 2015.

DDOT Announces New Requirements for Roll-off-Debris Containers

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Public Space Regulation Administration is revising requirements for the use of roll-off-debris containers. These requirements will appear in the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) effective May 19th, 2017.

The new TOPS module will include permit application requirements and the Public Inconvenience Fee (PIF) for larger roll off debris containers on roadways that are designated for Residential Parking Permits.

The new requirements offer an incentive to use smaller containers, which reduce the number of parking spaces affected by use of the containers. Under the new requirements one container will be approved for individual use.

Key enhancements in the new Roll-of-Debris Container module include:

  • Display Height, Length, and Width of containers on issued permits
  • Limit the number of parking spaces occupied by a roll-off-debris container to one (1) parking space for smaller containers and two (2) parking spaces for larger containers
  • Charging the PIF for larger containers that are in place longer than 30 calendar days
  • Additional application review if roll-off debris containers adversely impact parking in residential neighborhoods, or violate public space regulations

No new roll-off-debris container permit applications or renewals will be accepted after May 11, 2017 pending the roll-out of the new module. All roll-off-debris container applications or renewals submitted on or after May 19, 2017 will comply with the new permitting requirements and PIF charges.

DDOT’s new TOPS enhancement is designed to ensure that the impact of roll-off-debris containers in residential areas is reduced, while still allowing this necessary element of the construction process.

The new requirements address concerns raised by residents and reflect input from stakeholder engagement with the development and contracting communities.

For more information about DDOT’s Public Space Regulation Administration please contact (202) 442-4670 or click TOPS (www.tops.ddot.dc.gov) to access the online permitting system.

Crosswalk Improvements Coming to Irving by Hospital Center

April 17, 2017

After a lot of advocacy, it looks like a controlled crosswalk is finally being installed at Irving and Hobart streets to permit pedestrians to safely cross to the Washington Hospital Center. I know that a lot of people let DDOT know that this was a priority during the Crosstown Multimodal Study workshops. Below are a few photos showing progress so far.

DDOT Repairs Sidewalk on Park Place North of Newton

March 24, 2017

I’m happy to report that the wonky section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Newton was repaired yesterday. The issue with this section of sidewalk was a severe slope down to the curb that was created when the sidewalk was replaced in June 2016. After much patience and perseverance on my part — and engagement by neighbors on this block (thank you team!) —  DDOT came out, reinspected the section, and came up with a better solution to address the ADA and safety issues related to this stretch of sidewalk.

As you can see below, this has all paid off with a far safer sidewalk for all.


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