Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sublime Mass Transit

2010 National Marathon Runners On C Street NE

MPD Mobile Speed Camera Unit Now East Bound

Unmarked Mobile Speed-camera Unit, East-bound @ C & 18th Streets

Long overdue, MPD's Homeland Security Bureau - Traffic Safety & Specialized Enforcement Branch has recently, in the last 6 weeks or so, deployed a mobile speed camera unit to enforce the 25MPH speed-limit along C Street's east-bound lanes adjacent to Eliot-Hines JHS.

This is great news; however, it appears the west-bound mobile speed camera unit has not been deployed since the east-bound unit's inception. And, MPD rarely, if ever, deploys the unit on weekends.

Nonetheless, thank you MPD for over two years of continued service, your presence is much appreciated by C Street residents and all C Street users, especially Eliot-Hines JHS students.

We've asked for a permanent speed-camera to enforce the speed limits in both directions with support from ANC6A and Council Member Wells, but have yet to get an official response from MPD. We hope to have an update soon.

Marked Mobile Speed-camera Unit, East-bound @ C & 18th Streets

Has anyone else noticed the west-bound unit's absence?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

National Marathon this Saturday 03.20.10

The annual Sun Trust National Marathon is this Saturday March 20. The marathon race course will meander through the Capitol Hill community including the Rosedale neighborhood.

Excerpted image from the SunTrust National Marathon website

Official race course map

Official street closure list

C Street NE Lane Closures

Full Marathon Race Course

•22nd Street to North Carolina Avenue (assumed closed just in the west-bound vehicular lanes) from 6:45 AM to 7:35 AM

•North Carolina Avenue to 22nd Street(assumed closed just in the east-bound vehicular lanes) from 7:35 AM to 10:20 AM

Half-marathon Race Course

•22nd Street to North Carolina Avenue (assumed closed just in the west-bound vehicular lanes) from 7:50 AM to 11: 00 AM

So, if you have the chance, get out to cheer the runners on and enjoy the few quiet and peaceful moments without automobile traffic...

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

GGW Discusses CSTNE Project's 3 Conceptual Designs

Greater Greater Washington's (GGW) David Alpert writes a really 'great' synopsis of Toole Design Group's 3 conceptual design layouts for CSTNE.

At the February 20, 2010 CSTNE Workshop, Toole Design Group presented 5 conceptual design alternatives. All 5 alternatives were laid out and Bill Schultheiss, project manager, presented each of the alternative's potential pros and cons to the workshop participants. Since a couple of the alternatives were similar to one another, the workshop group was able to decide 3 out of 5 of the alternatives were worth pursuing as a potential preferred design. The preferred design will be selected, by the community, later this year. Once selected, Toole Design Group will take the design to about 30% construction plan completion and then hand it over to DDOT.

Existing Condition

Conceptual Design A

Conceptual Design B

Conceptual Design C

You can view, in detail, each of the the 3 conceptual design alternatives, in their entirety, through on GGW's, "Plans envision "green street" for C Street, NE", by clicking on each image, about midway within the post. There also is an existing condition layout available too.

Soon, CSTNE will upload each of the 3 design concept layouts for those interested in studying, referencing and/or commenting.

Please let us now which concept (A, B or C) you prefer and elements you like, dislike or don't see and would like included!

One again a huge thanks to David Alpert of GGW for continuing to cover the CSTNE Project, the exposure is greatly appreciated!