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Upgrades to K Street set to begin

Dr Gridlock is reporting that the streetscape improvement project for K Street will begin within a month. This project will encompass new paving, sidewalks, streetlights, and plantings similar to the improvements implemented by DDOT to 4th Street in 2010. The Capital Bikeshare station at 5th & K will continue to be accessible even if it maybe moved slightly once or twice during the 15 months of construction. No streetcar tracks will be laid as part of this project.

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4th and Mass Capital Bikeshare Station

The first Capital Bikeshare station in the Triangle was installed on September 10th at 5th and K. That location had been in all the planning for the new bikeshare system from the earliest stages. This week another station was installed in the Triangle at 4th and Mass in front of Papa Johns. This 15-dock station was not in many of the early editions of the proposed system maps but residents have been lobbying DDOT extensively for more system density in our area.

Closeup of 4th and Mass NW Capital Bikeshare station

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New Traffic Signals on Fourth Street

The reconfiguration of Fourth Street has been ongoing over the entirety of the summer. The upgrades to the streetscape are already evident. I’ve heard planting in the tree boxes could start around Sept 15th.

Yesterday DDOT sent the following memo to indicate that the full implementation of the new traffic signals will occur over the next two weeks. Presently the signals at 4th and I are on flash to provide notice that a change is coming.

Lastly, our reader Tony followed up with QDC who informed him that the public sculpture planned for the 300 block of I Street should be installed on Sept 30th.

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5th & K to have Capital Bikeshare Station

An expansion of bike sharing in the District will rebrand the system Capital Bikeshare and increase the number of stations from 10 to 100. Zooming in on the new proposed station map revealed by DDOT we see that the Mount Vernon Triangle is likely to have a station at 5th and K.


Other nearby stations would be at the Mount Vernon Square Metro, Union Station, Georgetown Law, the South Entrance of Judiciary Square Metro, on F Street behind the Reynolds Center and at MLK Library.

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Snow Day!

Those who work for the Federal Government (or who’s employer follows the Federal Government’s leave policy, AKA me) are lucky to have been granted a 3-day weekend as of early last night. In addition to the Federal Government’s closing, the Circulator will be running a limited route (although it will be free for all passengers!), Metro rail is running limited underground service, and Metrobus is also running select routes only.

We Love DC posted some lunch specials that you can take advantage of today. While I hope to enjoy lunch out of the house, I actually do have some work to do from home, plus I’m planning on getting to the gym.

It looks to be a beautiful day outside…how do you plan to spend it? Or are you among the few that have to go to work?

UPDATED: The National Weather Service is calling for another 10-20″ over the period of time starting 12 noon tomorrow through 7 pm Wednesday! Be safe everyone!

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Robbing (with) the vault

Last June the condominiums at 555 Mass were sent five years worth of bills by the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) for Vault space rent. These bills totaled over $150,000 and 555 Mass was afforded only 10 days to provide payment. Bewildered by these enormous bills arising from seemingly nowhere the condominium’s UOA was forced to raid their operating capital to comply with payment. The building’s leadership has since spent time researching how these taxes were calculated and questioning how the developer (JBG) was allowed to leave them holding the bag.

Underground parking; 555 Mass was charged > $1500/parking space/year for their 23 vault parking spots

What is a vault?
A vault is an underground storage area which extends beyond the building owner’s property and into a public area, such as a sidewalk or roadway. Vaults are commonly used to extend underground parking garages and to house electrical transformers and other utility related uses.

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DDOT Chat Transcript

DDOT Director Gabe Klein held a chat today [transcript]. Chat is not the medium for highly substantive answers but it is great that our new director values and makes time for dialog with the community.

The Mount Vernon Triangle was a topic of several questions from participants (neither was me):

[Comment From Guest]: Thank you for taking questions and reaching out to the community. Will the ARRA money designated to improve K Street between NJ Ave. and 7th Street NW also include laying track for the proposed streetcar? If not, should it?

[Gabe Klein, DDOT]: We are still waiting to hear if our application will be approved. It is a very competitive field for this money. The streetcar was not part of the application.

[Comment From Tom]: Will DDOT implement the Mt. Vernon Triangle Transportation Plan to reconfigure the H Street / 3rd Street / Massachusetts Ave., intersection? It is a dangerous intersection for pedestrians. It would be helpful to, at least, remove the large billboard-sized signs that lead drivers to believe it is a freeway rather than a neighborhood.

[Gabe Klein, DDOT]: Yes, we will be improving this intersection. We are reassessing the signs as well. (urban alternatives).

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Fourth Street Construction Update

The Fourth Street reconfiguration construction has been ramping up since the last week of October. Today I noticed that the trees on the 1000 block that were destined to be casualties of the planned street widening were removed. Two other dead trees were also removed.


Top: Before image from Google Streetview; Bottom: Photo from today

When the work is complete the segment of road will accommodate two way traffic and street parking. The pavers will be replaced with brick and the cobrahead streetlights will be upgraded to the newer globe lights. I would also venture to guess new street trees will be planted.

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Fourth Street construction signs

We previously reported that Fourth Street construction would begin on October 26th and last up to 9 months. I’m not surprised that the 26th came and went with no visible sign of construction starting. Because this project has such a lengthy window we will likely see construction done in bursts where something happens, then nothing happens, then something happens again. That’s my impression of how the 11th Street NW project has gone…



In the last few days construction signage was erected on Eye Street so we may see construction begin soon.

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