Construction of PA Ave SE Dedicated Bus and Protected Bike Lanes Starts in June
By Larry Janezich
Posted April 7, 2022
Greg Matlesky, project manager for the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Corridor study, told ANC6B’s Transportation Committee last night that DDOT will begin construction of the new PA Ave, SE, transportation plan in June.
The plan would proceed in two phases and provide curbside 5 foot separated bike lanes on both sides of the street, each with a three foot buffer, then a lane for off-peak metered parking which becomes a dedicated bus lane during peak hours, and two traffic lanes.
Phase 1 concerns PA Ave, SE, between 2nd Streets, SE, and 13th Street, SE. Construction of the bus platforms for boarding and discharging passengers – as pictured above – will begin in June. Milling of the Avenue and installing the bike lanes will happen over the summer and will be completed during the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023. Phase I ends at 2nd Street, SE, where it runs into Independence Avenue which is – at that point – under the control of the U.S. Capitol Police Board, not the District government.
Phase II will deal with PA Ave, SE, between 13th Street, SE, and Barney Circle, SE, and will undertaken in 2024 and 2025 after funding is secured in a future budget cycle.
DDOT reps said that one recurring problem in parts of the city with similar traffic control projects is vehicles blocking bus lanes. DDOT will address this problem by installing cameras on buses which will enable automatic ticketing for violators.
According to DDOT, the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Corridor Project will link Capitol Hill and Southeast neighborhoods to the National Mall and provide an east-west connection to the 4th and 6th Streets, SE paired bike lane corridors. Separated bike lanes are regarded as an effective transportation measure that addresses safety and mobility issues along the project corridor. Bicycle infrastructure is under-represented on the corridor and PA Ave SE is considered “uncomfortable for most bicyclists” based on DDOT data.
The goals of the project include providing safer multi modal options for all users, improving traffic control, providing continuous separated bike lanes as well as opportunities to prioritize buses.
The plan also is part of the city’s moveDC long-range transportation plan to provide equitable and excellent transportation facilities and services and the Vision Zero Initiative to create safe streets for everyone. For more or to comment on the plan, go here: https://www.pennavese.com/