The DDOT representative to the Bicycle Advisory Council recently announced that DDOT was working with the Architect of the Capitol and the ANC to extend the soon-to-be-completed protected bike lane (PBL) on 1st Street NE from Union Station to the PBL on Pennsylvania NW via Louisiana Avenue NE/NW.
The 1st Street NE PBL extension to Union Station is almost done, with the resurfacing to begin soon (if not already underway) followed by the installation of the concrete blocks similar to those further north. When done, First Street will become a one-way street with a two-way PBL, where now traffic is allowed to go two directions for part of the way. The PBL on this block will be two feet wider (10') than on the sections farther north, as DDOT now views 10' as the minimum for such facilities. There will be a loading zone on the opposite side of the street.
DDOT has been meeting with the AOC, local ANC and Councilmember Allen's staff to discuss extending the PBL further south, along Louisiana Avenue where it would connect to Pennsylvania Avenue via either 1st or 3rd. Discussions are preliminary and no alternatives have been defined yet, but the response has been mostly positive. One potential roadblock is that the design will likely require the removal of parking along Louisiana. Parking is under the purview of the Sergeant at Arms, not the AOC, and they are concerned about the loss of parking. But if all goes well, work could begin next year.
Study on the East End Bikeway, which would install a mile-long north-south bikeway on the east side of downtown, continues. They've collected data on traffic volume, parking, transit use, land use etc...They've also been reaching out to stakeholders, especially churches to address concerns early. They'd like to have a public meeting on it soon, perhaps September, and present alternatives. There will be choices about designs and about which street(s) to use. 4th and 8th have been ruled out, but they may get bike lanes. On other streets the options are a one-way PBL on each side of the street; a bi-directional bikeway on one side or a pair of one-way PBLs on adjacent streets such as 5th and 6th. The aspiration is to have the 30% design completed by the end of the year, with installation to start next spring.
DDOT has only installed about 2 miles of bike lanes so far this year. They've been busy filling small gaps, which are nearly as much work as longer lanes, but with less mileage; but DDOT thinks they're critical pieces which will pay off. They've installed a couple of small bike lane sections on 2nd and 3rd NE near Rhode Island Avenue; bike lane and sharrows on 19th Street NE/SE on Capitol Hill (This was originally to be a complete rebuild of the street, but became restriping only); bike lanes and sharrows on 49th street NE; a pair of one-way bike lanes on Galveston and Forrester Streets SE and one-block sections on 4th and 6th NE near Stanton Park. They plan to do the same thing on 11th and 13th near Lincoln Park too.
Design and community outreach is underway on the north section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. They're meeting with community groups, taking soil borings near the trash transfer station and the Metro tunnel and working on the 305 design which they hope to complete this year. The stickier sections are the crossing of Riggs Road and the area near the Brookland Metro entrance. They hope to start construction in 2017.
DDOT and DPW are creating a snow clearing plan for bridges for next winter. Last year no one was responsible for the 14th Street Bridge so it wasn't cleared. They are trying to prioritize bridge sidewalks for clearing and then DPW and DDOT are dividing up responsibilities, so that every bridge will eventually get service.