Update on the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues SE Improvement Project
by Larry Janezich
Last Wednesday, ANC6B’s Transportation Committee chaired by Commissioner Kirstin Oldenburg voted unanimously to support DDOT’s 65% design for the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues SE Improvement Project. DDOT appeared before the committee in a virtual meeting to present the latest version of the plan.
Currently the intersection is an awkward mess, with a challenging pedestrian network, closely spaced intersections, inconsistent traffic controls and a skewed geometry.
DDOT’s solution is to reconstruct the intersection to create an elliptical traffic circle with a park in the middle, new traffic signals, revised curb geometry for future bike lanes (per the PA Ave SE Corridor Study), landscaping treatments, expanding the bus stop/layover in front of Metro, and relocating two other bus stops.
The Ellipse Park will feature stone clad seating walls, oak and crab apple trees, and a raised central planter with potential for becoming a location for public art.
DDOT will be back before the ANC’s Transportation Committee in the spring of 2021 with a 90% design and in the summer of 2021 with a 100% design.
Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2022 and last 18 months.
The plan now goes to the full ANC6B where an endorsement is virtually certain. For the full DDOT PowerPoint presentation, go here: https://bit.ly/33Nbs9S