The Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues SE Intersection Improvement Project 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.
Despite the numerous crosswalk locations, pedestrians traverse the intersection through the grassed median of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The proposed project would remove some of the current conflicting pedestrian crossings and replace them with more direct routes for pedestrians and transit users.
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.
A number of community meetings have been conducted about the project. During a scoping meeting held January 31, 2013, the public discussed pedestrian safety, traffic patterns, bicyclists, the Potomac Avenue Metrorail Station, and green space.
At a follow-up meeting on May 16, 2013, community members gave comments on four design concepts—No Build, Mid-Block Crosswalk, T-Intersections, and Signalized Oval. The public’s feedback, along with the feedback from the National Park Service, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission, and the State Historic Preservation Office, have helped to improve the designs for the project.
The current project alternatives — Triangle Parks, Rectangle Park, and Ellipse Park — were presented to the public for review from November 6, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Public comments on these alternatives will assist in the preparation of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).
The Draft EA will be circulated to the public for review in Winter 2015-2016. The study is anticipated to be concluded with the completion of the Final EA in Spring/Summer 2016 and the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD).
The pedestrian improvement project for the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues SE intersection is one in a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Program. From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI Program is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront.
For more information about the design concept alternatives being evaluated for the Final Environmental Assessment, to follow the project’s progress or join the email distribution list for the project, please visit the project page or send an email to email@example.com. To join the project or AWI community contact list or ask questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-741-8528.
Four design alternatives are currently under DDOT review for the project. For more information view the information brochure.
No changes would be proposed to the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave SE, Potomac Ave SE, and 14th St SE.
|Circulate Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Hold Public Meeting||Winter 2015-2016|
|Issue Final Environmental Assessment and Project Decision||Spring/Summer 2016|