DC Water launched a Green Infrastructure Challenge last April and last week DC Water announced the winning submissions for the design phase of the challenge.
The Green Infrastructure Challenge, engaged firms to design innovative green practices that absorb rain water. These practices, known as Green Infrastructure, include installing green roofs (gardens on rooftops), rain gardens, rain barrels, and pervious pavements, removing impervious surfaces, and using other natural means to capture and infiltrate rain water. Capturing the water before it can enter the combined sewer system will aid in alleviating combined sewer overflows in the District.
Several projects had to deal with greening streets.
One involved a green redesign of Prospect Street, including a bike lane.
A redesign of Kennedy Street NW includes sharrows.
One of the more interesting designs included a 5 foot wide permeable pavement bike lane along Mount Pleasant Street along Lamont Park. "A combination of shared lane markings and a dedicated bike lane, composed of a 5-foot wide section of permeable pavement with a stone reservoir below, will be installed along approximately 300 feet of the southbound lane of Mount Pleasant Street along Lamont Park, between the driving lane and the parking lane. The existing medians and left turn lane will be removed to provide space for the parking, bike, and driving lanes.
Not all of these projects will be funded.
The seven projects that won Thursday will have the opportunity to submit a request for proposal that their project be the one fully designed and constructed. DC Water will award more than $1 million total to the projects
I wonder what that bike lane surface will be like to bike on. If this is working solution, it could be greater justification for more bike lanes.