“District Awarded $8M in Federal Grants for Key Transportation Improvement and Infrastructure Projects (Includes Funds for Revitalization of Kennedy Street, NW)”

Photo of Taqueria Distrito Federal at 805 Kennedy St, NW by PoPville flickr user rockcreek

A few weeks ago a reader wondered “Why Aren’t Investors Showing Kennedy Street Any Love?”

From DDOT:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the District of Columbia more than $8M in grants to fund four projects in the city, including the revitalization of Kennedy Street, NW. The funding will also allow the District to move forward with planning for improved bicycle and pedestrian access near rail stations; implement a program to better manage curbside parking in busy commercial areas; and make infrastructure improvements for construction of the America Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial near the U.S. Capitol.

The Kennedy Street Revitalization project will receive $1M from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) to transform the public realm of the commercial corridor. The funds, matched by local monies, will upgrade streetscape facilities including streetlights, sidewalks, and street trees/landscaping; and implement low-cost, high impact safety improvements at key nodes. That includes the signalized intersection of Missouri Avenue/Kansas Avenue & Kennedy Street; and the non-signalized intersection of Mi ssouri Avenue/1st Street and Jefferson Street.

The District was also awarded more than $6M to complete infrastructure improvements for the Closing of C Street, SW from 2nd Street to Washington Avenue, to facilitate the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. The approved location for the memorial is a triangular-shaped site bounded by 2nd Street, SW on the west, Washington Avenue on the east, and the I-395 tunnel portals on the south, necessitating the closure of C Street, SW between Washington Ave and 2nd Street. The infrastructure improvements include utility work, signage, lighting, pavement markings, reconfiguration of the roadway, and improving pedestrian facilities. The project will result in improved traffic flow, an increase in pedestrian and bicycle safety, and improved security at the nearby Rayburn Office Building.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will use a $1.09M grant to implement a Multimodal, dynamic parking pricing pilot program in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area of downtown DC. The program will include a reservation system for commercial vehicle parking to manage metered curb-side spaces in congested areas. It will encourage freight travel at off-peak times and enable tour bus operators to find parking, as well as use parking revenues to support transit services.

Finally, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was awarded $160,000 to identify opportunities for promoting housing and employment development close to rail by providing walk or bike access to and from the stations using a complete streets approach. The project will seek to moderate demand pressures on the transportation system and improve efficiency by encouraging rail ridership in the reverse-peak direction on trains that currently have plenty of seats, or by selling the same seat twice in the peak travel direction (where one group of commuters alights at a mixed-use suburban location providing space for new commuters traveling further in the peak direction). The final product of the project will be an inventory of up to 25 rail stations with high promise for housing and employment development, and an accompanying list of high-impact transportation capital projects to improve access to these stations that could be quickly implemented should funding become available from the public or private sectors.

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  • Too bad this money can’t be used to fund more police investigations of the KDY crew.

    • Too bad this comments section couldnt survive without at least 1 pessimistic, bordeline fatalistic comment

  • A question from the uninformed:
    Why is Kennedy St. significant? What about it presents an opportunity for investment (or a better opportunity) than any other street or avenue?

    • It is a major east/west thoroughfare and commercial corridor in NW, running through and connecting the neighborhoods of 16th St Heights, Brightwood Park, Manor Park, and N. Petworth. It’s comparable to Park Rd. through Columbia Heights if you’re familiar with that.

    • The chief benefits are that it offers a lot of inexpensive and largely unused or underutiliized commecial property that will soon be near significant development on Georgia Avenue, including the new streetcar, the WalMart and whatever commercial development occupies the former Walter Reed area. On the other end is Ft. Totten Metro and the development going on there. There isn’t much there now, but if you project out over the next ten years, I think that will be changing.

  • Just curious, what neighborhood is kennedy st in exactly (or is it the dividing line between petworth and brightwood)?

  • I don’t think a million dollars will be enough. . .

  • I hope they consider green water infrastructure improvements while they are overhauling the transportation situation.

  • This is amazing! I think this type of investment will help spur development along the corridor. I’m imagining a coffee shop and a cool bar coming next…

  • Perfect timing for this one. I think Kennedy is close, just needs a solid tenant to move in and get the changes happening.

  • Hopefully with 3 Little Pigs doing well this will mean big things for Brightwood. Coffee shop please. Qualia is a bit too far.

  • Way, way overdue for Kennedy Street!

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