The Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue SE Intersection Pedestrian Safety Study proposes to enhance safety at these street intersections for neighborhood pedestrians and transit users of the Potomac Avenue Metrorail Station and the numerous area bus stops.
The current configuration of the six-legged intersection has multiple crosswalk locations making crosswalk signal timing challenging. Despite the numerous crosswalk locations, pedestrians traverse the intersection through the grassed median owned by the National Park Service. Proposed intersection changes will seek to reduce the number of pedestrian and vehicle conflict points and provide safer, more direct routes for the pedestrian and transit users.
An environmental planning study of the impacts from reconfiguring the intersection began in early 2009 but was put on hold and restarted in Fall 2012.
The study is anticipated to be concluded with the completion of the Final Environmental Assessment in Fall 2014.
The project was originally proposed in the 2005 Middle Anacostia River Crossings Transportation Study (MAC) as a mid-term improvement for enhancing the transportation network in the Middle Anacostia River region.
Three design concepts are currently under DDOT review for the project:
Concept 1: No Build
No changes would be proposed to the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave SE, Potomac Ave SE, and 14th St SE.
Concept 2: Mid-Block Crosswalk
A signalized mid-block crosswalk at Pennsylvania Ave SE would be constructed.
Concept 3: T-Intersections
The Potomac Ave SE intersections with Pennsylvania Ave SE would be reconstructed to connect “T” configurations.
|Circulate Draft Environmental Assessment and Hold Public Meeting||Spring/Summer 2014|
|Issue Final Environmental Assessment and Project Decision||Fall 2014|