rendering via newfrederickdouglassbridge.com
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Bowser unveiled the design and timeline of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is part of the South Capitol Street Corridor Project, the largest public infrastructure project in Washington, DC’s history. The project includes replacing the 68 year-old bridge and reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange. The Mayor was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo, and members of the South Capitol Bridgebuilders team.
“Today, we are taking a huge step toward improving the District’s infrastructure and building a safer, stronger DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and the entire South Capitol Street Corridor Project will create jobs for District residents and provide an iconic gateway between Anacostia and Downtown DC. When completed, this will be a tremendous structure and a fitting memorial for a remarkable American icon.”
The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will be built approximately 100 feet from the current bridge. Other project elements include: (more…)
From a press release:
“The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates in the District of Columbia and Virginia today challenged the Washington area transit system’s advertising restrictions as violations of the First Amendment. The free speech lawsuit follows the rejection of ads from four groups that hail from across the political spectrum, images of which are here.
The case was filed on behalf of the ACLU; women’s health care collective Carafem, specializing in family planning and abortion care; Milo Worldwide LLC, the company of conservative commentator and writer Milo Yiannopoulos; and animal rights non-profit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rejected a series of ACLU ads displaying the text of the First Amendment in English, Spanish, and Arabic; a Carafem ad for medication abortions using what is described as the “10-Week-After Pill”; and several PETA ads suggesting that people “Go Vegan.” Ads for Yiannopoulos’ new book, “Dangerous,” were first accepted by WMATA, then removed from the transit system after riders complained. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX
Last week pretty much every east-west access road between 14th and 16th Streets NW in 16th Street Heights got blocked with a “Local Traffic Only” barricade. What’s happening there? It’s making my commute to and from Baltimore every day even more annoying than usual.”
Ed. Note: I wonder if it’s related to the Emerson Street change we spoke about last week: Change in Traffic Pattern possibly “because Waze was directing more traffic down those blocks”?
Sarah writes at 9am: “We should not have to wait 13 minutes for a train from U St during rush hour!”
Ed. Note: Obviously we never all agree on something so, is 9am considered rush hour?
But for the record I too think 13 minutes wait is an excruciating one at that hour (unless it is because of an emergency/breakdown.)
Wreck happens at 1:44 seconds. This evening on 495 a group of cyclists were riding in 3-4 lanes blocking traffic. As the motorists behind them grew more impatient coupled with some (not all of them) riding ON ONE WHEEL, getting aggressively close to any motorists who tried to pass (made the Food Lion driver really mad!) I knew it was just a matter of time before someone wrecked. *Both of the riders are ok* Edited to add: The 2nd biker (the one who is is laid out on his back) was actually hit by someone else and not affiliated with this group. Those 3 guys came up to this group just happened to be trying to get past the group when a biker clipped him from the right hand side he was unfortunately hit. Exiled 1823 MC, DC – I certainly hope your guy is making a full recovery.
Posted by April Lorraine Corey on Sunday, July 30, 2017
Video by April Lorraine Corey
“Wreck happens at 1:44 seconds.
This evening on 495 a group of cyclists were riding in 3-4 lanes blocking traffic. As the motorists behind them grew more impatient coupled with some (not all of them) riding ON ONE WHEEL, getting aggressively close to any motorists who tried to pass (made the Food Lion driver really mad!) I knew it was just a matter of time before someone wrecked. *Both of the riders are ok*
Edited to add: The 2nd biker (the one who is is laid out on his back) was actually hit by someone else and not affiliated with this group. Those 3 guys came up to this group just happened to be trying to get past the group when a biker clipped him from the right hand side he was unfortunately hit. Exiled 1823 MC, DC – I certainly hope your guy is making a full recovery.”
12th and G Street, NW
Thanks to Dave for sending the photo above.
“A bomb threat in Northwest DC has shut down an entrance to Metro Center’s station, DC police confirmed Monday afternoon.”
Thanks to Clifton for sending Sunday morning:
“When you drive your car onto the tracks at 3 am–”
Photo by Kevin Gilligan
“Pretty nasty accident between police cruiser and sedan this morning at 7 and S. Heard the crash!”
MPD Chief Newsham reports:
“At 4:47 am a female MPD officer rear-ended an uber driver on 7th and R Streets NW. Both were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries”
Ed. Note: Just heard a story on this from Hear and Now “When Traffic Apps Turn Shortcuts Into Travel Nightmares”.
Know anything about what appears to be a change in the traffic pattern on Emerson Street between 13th and 16th? New Do Not Enter signs, but no “one way” signs or “change I traffic pattern” signs.
I’m hearing it’s because Waze was directing more traffic down those blocks. That being said signage should be better and clearer (stop signs are still up going the wrong direction) and there should be some indicating a change in traffic pattern.”
Another reader asks: “what’s with Emerson going one way with no warning or neighborhood input?”
4th and H St, NE
Following up on Saturday 3:15pm, thanks to Chase for sending: “H Street, NE eastbound 400 block. Looks like it happened around 520 or so.”
Ed. Note: Car drivers, don’t forget to use your mirrors before exiting.