Fourth Street Construction to Start on October 26

An announcement on the MVT CID website declares Fourth Street construction will begin next week. I assume this means Sigal construction should stop commandeering a full lane of traffic in their renovations of 425 Eye.

The DC Department of Transportation has announced that the 4th Street NW streetscape construction will begin on October 26th. The project will widen 4th Street NW and accommodate two-way traffic from L Street, NW south to Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Capitol Paving, a DC firm, was awarded the contract by DDOT, and construction should last nine months. Fourth Street is Phase II of the streetscape construction that started with the L Street streetscape completed in 2008 for the opening of Safeway.

Below is the writeup of this project from a posting I originally wrote in June:

The plans for the upgrades to Fourth Street are outlined in the Final Report for the Mount Vernon Triangle Transportation and Public Realm Design Project.

click to enlarge; image from 2005 DDOT Studies

In the study, Fourth Street improvements include:

  • Restore two-way traffic from L Street to Mass Ave
  • New traffic light at Fourth and Eye
  • Removal of a traffic island on the NW corner of Fourth and Mass
  • Reconfiguration of the Fourth, Mass and H Street intersection
  • Redesign slip intersection of Third and H Streets

To accommodate these changes Fourth Street will be widened to support two way traffic. On street parking will be available on both sides of the street for the 900 and 1000 blocks. The widening on the west shoulder of 800 block will push back from the DuMont’s temporary yellow curb to the true sidewalk. On the east side of the 800 block DDOT will reclaim a few feet of the Madrigal Lofts sidewalk. This has always been the plan and is why the trees were planted off center in the tree boxes to be closer to the condo building than the street. The final configuration of the 800 block segment will feature two southbound lanes, one northbound lane and on-street parking on the east side of the street.

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Comments

  1. 1

    si says

    ah! that explains a lot regarding the plantings…I'm glad this is finally going to happen. itll be interesting to see what impact it has on the homeless feeding, trash, camping, & tranny ho issues.

  2. 2

    John Thompson says

    Does this mean that the sidewalks/streetscape/lighting on these blocks will be upgraded as well?

    The blocks in front of Madrigal/Dumont are beautiful, I hope 4th between NY Ave & I are upgraded to the same quality. My hope is that a new streetscape & new lighting has the potential to send a message that the neighborhood is changing and that our unwanted elements might take a hint. In a perfect world, these upgrades would make a dent in our transvestitute infestation.

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    si says

    every meeting we talk about the prostitution and every meeting we hear that its been going on for 30, 40 years like that makes it just peachy or acceptable. outreach is great & necessary but it does not stop people from turning tricks, littering, using the vacant areas as a toilet…etc. The one thing thats missing is disruption & 9 months of street construction will perhaps provide that in a major way. Look at 11th street with barricades everywhere & the road all torn up for half a year. We should supplement with the usual stuff like calls to the police (and they DO get counted), community walks & bike rides, fencing, parking & security measures…And dedicated neighbors + the MVTCID have been working on many of these things. So when a gathering is announced, come on out! its really fun.

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    IMGoph says

    glad to see that this is finally happening. it'll be nice to see the massive, bicycle-eating pothole on the 1000 block of 4th street removed!