ANC 3F plans to take up a resolution at its April meeting on DDOT’s Connecticut Avenue reversible lanes study. And it wants our feedback.
ANC 3F’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee wrote the draft resolution for the commissioners’ consideration, and committee chair Bob Deyling presented it at ANC 3F’s March 16th meeting.
The draft resolution urges DDOT to permanently remove the reversible rush-hour lanes, which have been inactive during the District’s pandemic state of emergency. It also states support for “Build Concept C,” which includes 24-hour parking on one side of the street in the four Connecticut Avenue commercial areas included in DDOT’s study area – and bike lanes throughout. (Watch DDOT’s February presentation on the concepts here.)
The reason: “[The concept] appears to be most consistent with the Guiding Principles of the Safety Study, the overall improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who live, work, and recreate along the corridor, and the goals of Vision Zero and Complete Streets principles.”
In addition, the draft resolution notes that DDOT has identified potential safety improvements and “strongly urges” DDOT to implement them as soon as possible. Those include reducing the speed limit on Connecticut from 30 to 25 miles per hour, and installing speed and red light cameras.
“These are possible actions that DDOT has described taking regardless of the outcome of the study,” Deyling said.
DDOT will go in-depth on the latest findings of its Connecticut Avenue reversible lane safety study at virtual public meetings on March 30th and April 1st. ANC 3F chair David Cristeal is encouraging the community to attend one of the DDOT meetings and provide comments to the commissioners before their next meeting on April 20th. (Contact ANC 3F at [email protected].)
“Hopefully between now and then, people will ask us questions, they’ll go to the DDOT meeting and have more discussion,” Cristeal said.