Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Penn Ave SE Great Streets FAQ

For anyone that has traveled over the Sousa Bridge this year, you know what a nightmare Pennsylvania Ave SE looks like with all the construction. But it's just a little bit of pain for a gain. Below are the response to questions from the public by DDOT (Miss V is just sharing the info). If you have any questions about these responses or new questions, contact Chinaka Young, DDOT Outreach Coordinator at chinaka.young@volkert.com.

1. Is there a plan to modify these traffic lights cycles to better accommodate the new traffic pattern?
Yes, DDOT traffic engineers are modeling what changes need to be made once the traffic patterns are implemented.

2. Are renderings of the project available?
Conceptual render­ings of the project are available on the DDOT website, and while these renderings were developed prior to the design documents, these renderings illustrate the general concept of the ultimate condition of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Pictures will be taken as segments of the project are completed and will be available in the DDOT archives.

For conceptual renderings download the pdf at http://bit.ly/bQpJJk and see 28, 30 & 32.

3. What can we expect in the future?
New sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of the street for the full length of Pennsylvania Avenue boosting the safety of pedestrians as they travel along the roadway. New street lighting along the corridor will maximize visibility for motorists and increase safety in the community by de­creasing dark spots. Special treatments in the commercial areas will not only create a distinct appearance for Penn-Branch Shopping Center and Fairfax Village Shopping Center areas, but al­lows all foot traffic a more pedestrian-friendly shopping area. Additional up­grades include a completely landscaped median that will provide walkers a safe place to stand in the middle of an active avenue, new crosswalks, and improved signal and traffic management.

4. How long will the project take?
This project is scheduled to be completed by December 2011; however, construction on Pennsylvania Avenue project is contingent upon weather conditions and consequently may increase of decrease the anticipated timeline.

5. Will the power lines be placed underground?

The power lines will not be placed underground. This was a decision made by PEPCO

6. Can the ‘No Right Turn on Red’ restriction Pennsylvania Avenue and Branch Avenue be lifted to reduce the back up in the eastbound lane during rush hour?

Due to conflicts with pedestrian movements and safety, we cannot allow right turns on red at this location.

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