Thursday, February 26, 2009

CHRS Files Suit Against DDOT's 11th St. Bridge Project

Below is a Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) press-release for distribution:

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Here is CHRS website for further information. CHRS has quite a bit of information about the project, HERE, including the organization's views of how the project may or may not impact the Greater Capitol Hill Community.

Below is a DDOT newsletter, from July 2008, providing general project goals and design objectives.

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HERE is a link to DDOT/Anacostia Water Initiative’s 11th Street Bridge Project website

Greater, Greater Washington blog has a 3 part series discussion on the project, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

~ Thank you Jeff F. for the tip.

Monday, February 23, 2009

CM Wells' Supports C Street, NE Lane Reduction!

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Above is a letter, dated 12/22/08, from Ward 6 Council Member Tommy Wells to Interim DDOT Director Frank Seales urging DDOT to reduce the number of C Street, NE west-bound lanes from 3 to 2 immediately after the Benning Road Reconstruction Project is completed.

CM Wells has been supportive of our efforts for years, making his first site visit to C Street, NE back in April 2007 to listen to residents safety and quality-of-life issues related to commuter and commercial traffic volumes, vehicular speeds and poor residential street geometry.

In his letter (above), Wells states, "Residents and community groups, including the Rosedale Citizens’ Alliance, believe the first step to addressing this [C Street, NE] commuter corridor is reducing the number of west-bound lanes between 21st and 16th Streets NE from three vehicular lanes to two. I concur."

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HERE is our concept to close one of the 3 west-bound C Street, NE lanes. The idea is to make it less appealing to use C Street as a commercial and commuter cut-through corridor and dispersing these vehicles into the Greater Capitol Hill neighborhood street grid and make it more appealing to use existing east-west major-arterial commercial corridors that directly connect Kennilworth Ave/I-295 and point east to downtown. These major-arterials include: Benning/H Street, New York Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, proposed 11th Street Bridge (I-295/I-395 connection) and M Street, SE.

Also, to encourage out-of-district commuters to use existing under-utilized mass-transit systems, such as the Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Another alternative is for DC Government to consider providing reduced or free RFK Stadium vehicle parking for motorist using the metro-rail or metro-bus system.

In the letter, CM Wells goes on to state, "I urge DDOT to begin designing this new reduced-lane configuration so that it may be implemented once the Benning Road project is complete." Currently, the Benning Road Reconstruction Project is scheduled to be completed by December 2009. So, we would like the lane reduction to be implemented in January/February 2010. That gives DDOT a 12-14 month design and implementation period from the dated letter.

A HUGE thank you to CM Tommy Wells and his staff for their continuous time, support and attention to our efforts. We are very fortunate to have a representative like CM Wells who, not only embraces the value of a "livable, walkable community", but is in the forefront leading the community and DC government to ensure such a noble cause move towards realization.

Lastly, below is the letter RCA's Transportation Committee sent to CM Tommy Wells on November 21, 2008 requesting CM Wells send a letter of support to DDOT Interim Director Frank Seals.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

WAMU 88.5 Interview about C Street, NE Project

Ms. Eilis O'Neill with WAMU 88.5 FM, American University Radio, contacted me to do a interview about the C Street, NE Project. She discovered the blog via Greater Greater Washington's post about our efforts. The 'walking' interview was conducted along C Street, between 17th Place and 21st Street, last Wednesday, February 11, 2009 from 8:30-9AM. It aired yesterday, February 16, 2009, at 6:30AM and again at 8:30AM.

I would like to personally thank Ms. O'Neill for considering the project, taking the time to contact and interview me and highlighting the project's goals and objectives.

Click HERE to go to WAMU's website, you will have to click either 'Real Audio' or 'Windows Media' in order to listen to the interview, it is 1m:27s long.

Ken Granata

Monday, February 09, 2009

C Street, NE Project Blog Recognized by Greater, Greater Washington

A BIG thanks to David Alpert of Greater, Greater Washington for writing a really nice exposure post, "Positive resident activism: C Street, NE" (dated: February 5, 2009),on the efforts of the C Street, NE Project blog. We not only appreciate the exposure, but his perspective of "positive activism".