The 5pm Post – DDOT to Host Public Meeting on 14th Street, NW Streetscape Project

From a press release:

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, to update residents and merchants on the preliminary streetscape design plans for 14th Street, NW between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue.

The streetscape design strives to help create an identity for the 14th Street corridor that reflects the neighborhood’s history and diversity, while making needed infrastructure and safety improvements and accommodating multi-modal transportation.

At the September 29 meeting, the project engineers will present the 65% design plans and solicit feedback and comments from the community. The final design plans are scheduled to be completed in November. Construction is expected to start by spring of 2011 and be completed in late summer of next year.

More information about the 14th Street Streetscape Project is available at:

Meeting Information:

What: Public Meeting for 14th Street, NW Streetscape Project

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Presentation starts at 6:45 pm)

Where: Reeves Center
2000 14th Street NW
2nd Floor Community Room

Photo of Thomas Circle by PoPville flickr user bajidc®

7 Comment

  • They should put in bike lanes separated from traffic by the parked cars, like we have on 15th St.

  • Pffthht. Come NORTH! NORTH, DAMMIT! 14th st Heights needs a damn streetscape.

  • Switch the parking and the bike lanes and it’ll be more efficient. They’ve done that configuration up in NYC on some of the main arteries it helps reduces bicycle accidents. Sidewalk–>Bike lane–>Parking

  • If you are going to spend the time and money inconviencing everyone by building barely used bike lanes, atleast build ones more likely to be used by actual bikers.

    Instead of a lane on each side not protected by anything, pick one side of the street and put in a nice two lane (bi directional) bike lane seperated by a curb.

    It annoys the hell out of me when we go to all this expense to build bike lanes and remove needed parking/row for the thousands of cars (23K per day) that use these streets every day, only to have the cyclist not use them.

    • why is it so expensive to build bike lanes when the rest of the streetscape is being upgraded? I’m not challenging, I would just like to know more. Please elaborate, thanks.

      • New signals, repainting, signs etc. The PA avenue bike lanes apparently were slated to cost 1.2 million, although since they had to be redone it was obviously more.

        Of course, those are direct costs. There are tons of “externalities” to consider. Increased traffic congestion, longer trip times, additional pollution, less parking and on and on…

        I cycle myself and I understand the rationale and reasoning for bike lanes. But throwing them down “willy nilly? or arbitrarily everywhere, and poor ones at that is just a completely waste of time and money and does nothing but cause congestion and daily frustration.

  • What in the world are “bulb out” parking spaces?

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