The Corner Forum
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Issue #34

Planner Addresses Traffic on 14th Street

By Elizabeth Hague

500 block of 14th Street NE

Rachel MacCleery, the District Department of Transportation's Ward 6 Traffic Planner, attended the North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association meeting on June 3 to address a petition for traffic calming that had been submitted by residents of 14th Street NE.

Ms. MacCleery explained that traffic calming devices are physical devices, such as speed bumps, installed to slow traffic.

Residents of 14th Street who were at the meeting complained about the volume of traffic and the number of tour buses and commercial trucks using 14th Street.

Ms. MacCleery said the best way for residents to address truck concerns is to contact Jeffrey Bryan (617-494-2091 or bryanj@volpe.dot.gov), the consultant involved with the City-Wide Motor Carrier Management Study — a study on trucks in D.C.

She said the city is also doing a Tour Bus Study and that a draft report will be available for public comment soon.

In response to one resident's concerns about the loudness of B2 buses' announcement of their destination ("Anacostia Station"), Ms. MacCleery said she would see if the buses could lower the volume of their destination announcements.

Ms. MacCleery also will be conducting a Capitol Hill Transportation Study in fiscal year 2004. This study will examine traffic routes for C Street, Independence Avenue, Constitution Avenue and maybe Pennsylvania Avenue. The study might assess whether some of these streets should be two-way instead of one-way, to slow down traffic.

Ms. MacCleery also announced that in conjunction with the planning process for H Street revitalization, the D.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a transportation study for H Street. There will be a public kick-off meeting on Tuesday, June 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the J.O. Wilson Elementary School, 660 K St. NE.

Finally, a Community Walk down H Street will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be an opportunity to walk down H Street and point out what the community does and does not like about H Street. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Capital Children's Museum, at 3rd and H streets NE. §