by Marlene Berlin
No one is supposed to park in the Connecticut Avenue curb lane between Park Connecticut’s driveway and the public alley that leads to the apartment building’s garage. That’s part of the traffic control plan Saul Centers hammered out with DDOT for the Park Van Ness construction site next door.
The plan hasn’t exactly been followed to the letter.
Trucks and vans parked there block the sight lines of drivers exiting the alley. Park Connecticut’s manager has brought this safety issue to the attention of DDOT, Saul and Clark Construction. And this seems to have contributed at least one accident – my daughter’s.
On Thursday, May 14th at 3:45 p.m., a car coming out of the alley hit my daughter’s car. The driver could not see oncoming traffic due to a truck parked right up against the entrance to the alley. I informed ANC 3F Commissioner Sally Gresham, Richard Horton of BF Saul and Matthew Marcou with DDOT about this incident.
With some prodding from Commissioner Gresham, Clark Construction, the company building Park Van Ness, has started to put out cones to prevent vehicles from parking there.
Gresham also reminded Saul and Clark about the traffic control plan. And she will continue to check on whether the cones are out for the duration of the plan.
Thank you, Commissioner Gresham, BF Saul and Clark Construction.