DDOT: Resident Only Parking Signs and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
by Larry Janezich
Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, DDOT just can’t stop doing the wrong thing on parking signs. The DC Department of Transportation has launched a frenzy of activity in ANC 6D under pressure from CM Charles Allen to restore cross walk markings and from ANC6D to install four way stop as well as Zone 6 Resident Only Parking signs.
Residents of in many parts of ANC 6B04 have objected to the new red-lettered Resident Only Parking signs being put up on both sides of the street in their blocks. In fact, DDOT was supposed to put them on one side only.
The push for one-side-of-the-Street Resident Only parking signs came from constituents of Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg. They were concerned about loss of parking because of the numerous multiunit residential projects and going up in and around Oldenburg’s single member district. Developers often agree to try to keep residents of multiunit buildings from applying for Residential Parking Permits.
Oldenburg, after surveying both her residential and business constituents, obtained support from ANC6B to request the Resident Only Parking signs on one side of the blocks in her district. Oldenburg said the constituents’ requests came initially in March 2018 and it took her until November 2018 to survey her constituents and to get support from the ANC. The signs started going up six months later.
The first incorrect signs showed up in the 1100 block of G Street last July. Oldenburg notified the Department of Transportation they were doing it wrong. A month later in late August, Oldenburg did a block by block survey and sent the information to the Department of Transportation about blocks which had not yet received signage and blocks where it had been done wrong.
Yet, the incorrect placement of signs continued. During the last week of August, Resident Only Parking signs went up north of Pennsylvania Avenue, as shown on the above map.
“What I don’t understand is why it was not immediately corrected,” Oldenburg told CHC, “I talked to Jeff Marootian, Director of DDOT, yesterday, and told him to please figure out how to fix it. He said he would look into it. I’m ready to take a ladder and screwdriver and take down the signs myself. If I had it to do again it would be easier to do key blocks rather than the entire single member district. Constituents and ANC commissioners are frustrated over the process – it took a year and a half, and it’s been a lot of work.”
Neighbors can call the main DDOT number (202) 673-6813 to express concern, which might help speed the process. Residents who have not done so can receive an annual visitor’s parking pass for guests as a temporary fix. See here: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/visitor-parking-pass-program