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Dear PoP – What’s Up With Columbia Heights Streetscape?

by Prince Of Petworth April 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm 40 Comments


Photo from PoPville resident

“Dear PoP,

do you know what is going on with the sidewalk expansion/ road narrowing along 14th st and specifically at the park rd and monroe st intersections. i’ve noticed that they’ve really widened the sidewalks (a bit too much) and taken away a lot of road. on the eat side of monroe at 14th st, its barely wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass and the sidewalk morphs into the road. and i noticed today that they are doing some similar on park rd. they put some curb down and right now it looks like it will only be one lane wide. the curb may not be placed yet so i could be wrong but definitely for the past 2 weeks its been mostly one lane running westbound. am i just seeing things? do you have any info about the final plan? the “columbia heights streetscape” website wasn’t much help.”

Personally, I’m all for widened sidewalks. I know some were widened on Park Road to meet ADA requirements. Does anyone know if 14th St will be one or two lanes when all construction is completed? Following is the most recent info from DDOT:

DDOT Roadway Reconstruction on 14th Street in Columbia Heights
Single Lane of Traffic Maintained in Both Directions
Final Phase Scheduled for Completion in Mid-Summer 2010

Full press release after the jump.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) continue roadway reconstruction and repairs as part of the final stage of the Columbia Heights Public Realm Project. Crews are scheduled to begin pavement excavation and asphalt paving in the northbound lanes on 14th Street from Irving Street to Kenyon Street, NW, weather permitting. Similar and previously announced work is ongoing between Park Road and Monroe Street. This is the final phase of the project with substantial completion of the entire project scheduled for mid-summer 2010.

Construction crews will begin placing concrete traffic barriers after 9 a.m. on April 15, 2010 to cordon off the work area.

A single lane of traffic will be maintained at all times, in both directions. Motorists should be aware of transitions and lane changes due to the construction.

Businesses along this busy commercial corridor will remain open during construction with unrestricted access.

The Metrobus stop north of Irving Street will be moved south of the intersection.

DDOT Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) will be positioned at the intersections during am and pm rush-hours to help facilitate traffic. Flagmen and Variable Message Signs will be utilized to assist in directing the flow of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

DDOT encourages all motorists and pedestrians traveling in this area to stay alert. For additional information on the Columbia Heights Public Realm project visit ddot.dc.gov or www.columbiaheights-streetscape.com.

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