Windom Place is finally getting its second Connecticut Avenue pedestrian crossing.
Wasim Raja, the associate director of traffic engineering at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) states in an email that the design is complete, and the crossing is on the construction list for this year. He says construction will most likely start in November.
ANC 3F first requested a southern crosswalk at Windom Place on Connecticut Avenue at least 14 years ago. In 2014, the ANC passed another resolution, after digging up a January 2004 DDOT letter approving a crosswalk and pedestrian signals on this side of the Windom intersection.
The most recent resolution of support was passed unanimously in September 2016. Van Ness Main Street brought this issue before the ANC because three performing groups were coming to the UDC Theater of the Arts for the 2016-2017 season due to renovations of their space at the Kennedy Center. This, it believed, would mean an increase in pedestrian traffic at this intersection since the theater is at the west end of Windom Place.
DDOT cannot yet provide word of progress on another hoped-for pedestrian improvement a few blocks to the north, at Chesapeake Street. Neighbors have asked for a pedestrian light to allow for safer access to bus stops and the Forest Hills Playground. Pedestrian counts done at this intersection were not high enough to meet the federal standards for a HAWK light, like the one at Ellicott Street. DDOT has been exploring other options.