Summary of ANC 2B’s October 23rd, 2019 Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting

Summary of Dupont Circle ANC 2B
Transportation & Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting
Oct. 23, 2019, 7 p.m., Dupont Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW

Discussion Regarding the Proposed K Street Transitway:

TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs reported that the DC Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) held two design charrettes in October 2019 for residents to contribute their ideas regarding the design of the proposed K Street Transitway between 12th Street NW and 21st Street NW.  The October 2019 design charrettes were led by Haley Peckett of DDOT’s Planning and Sustainability Division. Several TPI Committee members attended.

The purpose of the K Street Transitway project is to reconfigure the K Street, NW, corridor to make more efficient and effective use of the right of way for multimodal travel. Planners have been working on the K Street Transitway for over a decade, and Mayor Bowser is strongly pushing the project. Charrette attendees were asked to weigh in specifically on options for protected bike lanes and on loading zones. 

The options for protected bike lanes on the K Street Transitway are to have them to the left of the main travel lanes, adjacent to the transitway or to have them on the right side of the roadway, against the sidewalk. There are pros and cons for these two options, but the general consensus at both the charette and the TPI Committee meeting was that having the bike lane in the middle of K Street was preferred.  

For loading zones, the options are to have loading on only one side of the street or on both sides of the street.  It was generally agreed at both the charette and the TPI Committee meeting that loading on both the north and south sides of the transitway was the only option that made sense. 

The TPI Committee agreed to recommend that the ANC adopt a resolution in support of locating protected bike lanes in the center of K Street and locating loading zones on both the north and south sides of the transitway. 

Past action by ANC 2B on the matter: “Proposed Investments in a K Street NW Transitway.”

Presentation by Pepco Regarding the Capital Grid Project:

Representatives of PEPCO gave a presentation regarding the planned Capital Grid Project.  The multi-year project involves the following:

  • Building a new 10-mile underground transmission line to connect the substations and create a networked system through which we deliver electricity to their customers 
  • Upgrading three existing substations in the District and Maryland (Takoma, Champlain, Harvard) 
  • Constructing one new substation to serve areas projected to see high growth (Mt. Vernon Square)

Construction on the project is slated to begin in March 2020 and continue for about three years.  In Ward 2, the new high-voltage underground transmission line will be built on Florida Avenue NW near the Champlain Substation, on 16th Street NW from Florida Avenue  NW to T Street NW, and on T Street NW east of 16th Street NW.  

TPI Committee members made several suggestions to PEPCO representatives about the project, emphasizing the importance of good communication with the public during construction.  PEPCO representatives stated that each affected area will have 24/7 access to a communication coordinator and a dedicated website.

The TPI Committee agreed to recommend that the ANC adopt a resolution asking DDOT in its oversight role with respect to PEPCO to ensure that PEPCO adheres to DC’s safe accommodations regulations during construction and to locate newly constructed manholes out of the bike lane on T Street, N.W.  

Chair’s Update on Ongoing Transportation-Related Projects 

TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs updated the committee on proposed and ongoing ANC 2B transportation and public infrastructure projects:

  • 17th Street NW:  DDOT eliminated the morning peak reversible lane operation along 17th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue NW and H Street NW, effective, October 21, 2019.  So far, things seem to be going smoothly. 
  • Dupont Circle Sunday Farmers’ Market:  Chair Downs has been in discussion with the Farmers’ Market about concerns related to crowding on the sidewalk and other matters.