DDOT started work on Phase 1 of the Minnesota Avenue Revitalization Project this week.
The scope includes total reconstruction of the roadway pavement, curbs, gutters and the widening of the sidewalks. Additional improvements include new ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, driveway entrances, utility systems including water and storm drain systems, street lights, traffic signals, roadway signage, pavement markings and Low Impact Development.
Better pavement, lighting and sidewalks are nice for cyclists, but there is no mention of any bike improvements. No bike lanes, no additional bike parking.
During the Great Streets project outreach in 2009 there was to be "space for bike racks" from Ames to Grant (this project starts south of Ames and ends before getting to Grant) and there still may be. In the 2005 bike plan, Minnesota Avenue was supposed to get a bike path along the side of it from East Capitol to Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue where it could connect to the Marvin Gaye Park Trail, but in 2009
when they looked at fitting everything in that they needed, "bicycles were the one thing that wouldn't fit."
They also decided not to include bike lanes. They decided to investigate alternate routes for cyclists, and said they had one mapped, but I've not heard what that route is.
In the MoveDC plan, there are no facilities on Minnesota Ave, and the only parallel bike route is an on-street bike route from the end of the Anacostia Rail Trail to the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station.