Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DDOT Meeting on Cleveland Park Giant Construction-Related Issues: April 11

Posted by ANC Commissioner Nancy MacWood on the Cleveland Park Listserv

Editor's note. This meeting has been canceled. It will be rescheduled. 

On Monday, April 11, from 6:30-8:30PM at the Second District Police Station, DDOT will conduct a design workshop. The workshop is intended to elicit neighborhood views on several issues DDOT is reviewing prior to the beginning of the Giant PUD construction. Some of the issues that DDOT is seeking more information on were prominently mentioned during the January ANC 3C meeting that Karina Ricks, Associate DDOT Director, attended. The issues include:
  • The design and functioning of an Idaho/Wisconsin/Ordway curb extension to replace the striped section of that intersection
  • The operation of Idaho Avenue when traffic signal is installed and when Idaho west of Wisconsin accommodates 2-way traffic
  • The design of the Wisconsin Avenue crosswalk to be installed with new traffic signal
  • Routing of truck traffic to and from the construction site
  • The relocation of the bus station stop on Newark Street west of Wisconsin Avenue.

Typically, DDOT sets up stations with knowledgeable staff listening and writing down residents' comments. DDOT may present some options that they are considering in each of the listed areas. Giant has been asked to participate and provide whatever materials they think would be useful for the community to know and evaluate. This is an opportunity for you to engage with DDOT and Giant on some of the issues that have been prominently mentioned in previous discussions. DDOT and Giant will incorporate your views in their later meetings about how to move forward on these issues.

As I get more information from DDOT I will share it and offer some further details about the parameters of some of the topics. This is not a typical occurrence but I think it represents the commitment of DDOT and Giant to approach this major construction event with as much sensitivity to the community as possible.

For those who are wondering whether phasing of construction might be back on the table, I have been told that both blocks will be constructed simultaneously.

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