Thursday, December 31, 2009

C Street, NE 01.02.10 Workshop Agenda


Subject: Community Stakeholder Workshop
Project: Conceptual Design Development for C Street, NE
Date/Time: January 2, 2010, 10am - Noon
Location: Maury Elementary School, 1250 Constitution Avenue, NE

1. Introductions (5 minutes)

2. Presentation (20 minutes)

• Process & Schedule
• Sustainable Design Goals
• Existing Conditions
• Improvements Toolbox

3. Small Group Stakeholder Activity (45 minutes)

• Break into working groups to brainstorm and discuss design solutions for C Street, NE
• Identify the locations of primary barriers & issues on maps

4. Review results of preceding activity

• Identify the primary barriers & issues
• Discuss pro/con for potential solutions long the corridor
• Establish priorities and alternatives for further assessment

5. Next steps

• Alternative assessment, green street feasibility Jan-March 2010
• Public Meeting – January 12th 2010
· overview of project
· alternatives under consideration
· green street potential
• Stakeholder Meeting – February 20th – discuss alternative assessment
• Preferred alternative conceptual design – April 2010

Agenda Provided by Bill Schultheiss, Toole Design Group, C Street, NE Project Manager

6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 400
Hyattsville, MD 20782
301.927.2800 fax

C Street, NE Workshop this Saturday!

DDOT is hosting the first C Street, NE Study & Conceptual Design Workshop this Saturday!

When: January 2, 2010 from 10am - Noon

Where: Maury Elementary School Cafeteria, 1250 Constitution Ave, NE

What: The workshop will be a non-formal exercise in discussing and
conceptually designing DC's first sustainable green street with a central focus on creating a connective corridor for pedestrians, cyclists an motorists between Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River.

Hopefully this will be a really fun and stimulating collaborative workshop for those interested on how to successfully implement a balance between efficiently calming automobile traffic and creating a safe and enjoyable pedestrian/cyclist greenway.

There will be large maps of the entire corridor to mark up to visualize the group's design goals and ideas. Bill Schultheiss, Transportation Engineer and Project Manager, will facilitate a discussion of potential alternatives whereupon up to 3 designs will be evaluated by Toole Group design team (DDOT's contractor for the study and design). Preliminary traffic speeds, volume and accident data will be available.

All are invited to attend and participate, so we hope to see you there...and have a rockin' New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Traffic Calming & Green Streetscape Elements

In preparation for this Saturday's workshop, the following are some traffic-calming and environment-sustaining roadway elements for the workshop group to consider during the designing process.

Multi-modal (pedestrian and cyclist) Greenways

Roundabouts (Circles in DC)

Raised Crosswalks

Median Barrier

Median Refuge

Circles (small circles)

Chicanes & Serpentines

Bulb-outs or Curb-extensions

Footballs (Chicaned Medians)

Roadway Surfaces (Visual or Textural)

Stormwater Management

Images were extracted from the following websites:

Department of Transportation, FHA

Tempe, Arizona Transportation Division

New York, New York DOT

American Society of Landscape Architects

Project for Public Spaces

Jack and Soonthree's Internet Igloo

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and TRB

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nationals' Express Shuttle Bus Service Ends!

It appears Capitol Hill residents will no longer have to endure another summer of loud and smelly Nationals' Express Buses constantly shuttling fans back and forth from RFK Stadium parking lots through Capitol Hill residential streets to Nationals Stadium during home games. Please read the brief good news from Ward 6 Councilmember Wells' Chief of Staff Charles Allen (

"The Nats Express and parking at RFK will not take place for the 2010 season. The Nats will provide new and closer economy parking options in Lot HH, located on South Capitol Street, SW for $5 per car."

We previously posted about the neighborhood impact of hundreds of shuttle trips per game here and on the RCA blog and here and here.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

THIH on the C Street, NE Project

The Hill is Home (THIH) did a very nice article on the C Street, NE Project efforts last Friday on the weekly "Freshman on The Hill" post by Maria Carey. You can read the entire post here.

Thanks Maria for helping with the effort!

Friday, December 04, 2009

DDOT's C Street, NE Study has Begun!

Huge News!!!

DDOT has begun a transportation and environmental study of the C Street and North Carolina Ave corridor from 21st St. to 15th St. Here is DDOT's door hanger that will be distributed next week. It summarizes the intent of the study and is a parking restriction notice for C Street and North Carolina Ave residents between 21st and 15th Streets.

(Image extracted from Google Earth)

Currently, the contractor is collecting the existing conditions of the right-of-way, including vehicle volume and speed counts. During the week of December 14 - 18, a survey crew will collect existing right-of way data, including underground utilities, curb and median lines, vegetation, etc.

Below are some of the highlights of the study:

• Community driven study collaborative with DDOT
• District’s first sustainable green street - reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality, reduce heat-island effects, improve tree canopy, etc.
• Design layout to efficiently and safely move people via foot, bicycle, vehicle and transit
• Improve safety for residents and school children by reducing traffic speeds, improving crossings, etc.

Below is the general time line for the study, design and construction.

• Stakeholder Workshop - January 2nd at 10am - Maury Elementary School
• Public Meeting - January 12th at 7pm - Hine Junior High School
• Stakeholder Workshop - February 20th at 10am - Maury Elementary School
• Public Open House - April 8th, 2010 at 6pm (prior to ANC 6A meeting) - Miner Elementary
• Design - 2010/2011
• Anticipated construction 2012/2013

Note: the public can also send input directly to the Project Manager, Bill Schultheiss -

DDOT Door Hanger