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A community meeting is on tap for Thursday (tomorrow), Dec. 11, to discuss the future Southeast Blvd., specifically the ideas emerging from the neighborhood study currently being spearheaded by ANC 6B, the Office of Planning, and DDOT.
The meeting is from 7 to 9 pm at Friendship Chamberlain Elementary School, 1345 Potomac Ave., SE, across from the Jenkins Row Harris Teeter.
Councilmember Tommy Wells will be there, and will be part of the discussion on how to best integrate into the neighborhood this road that will run from Barney Circle to the new intersection at 11th Street, SE, along the path of the old sunken portion of the Southeast Freeway.
A "temporary" version of the road is opening in early 2015, and residents have been concerned both about this becoming the de facto new version of the road, a feeling that came on the heels of the original new designs put forth by DDOT, that were basically replacing an old freeway with a new freeway, albeit it one that has a stoplight at 11th Street rather than just a free-and-clear approach to the Southeast Freeway. After those designs were released, with a push from Wells, the Office of Planning stepped in to help shepherd a neighborhood study--initial design concepts were unveiled back in August, and this week's meeting is to continue the process of refining the possibilities.
(And I am well aware that I have completely failed at keeping up with photographs of that area of 11th and of the work underway on the temporary road. All of the construction there, and the futzing with the traffic flow configuration of 11th Street while work continues around it, have made me very cranky about going over there to take pictures. Maybe this will finally spur me.)
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Gamble Rogers says: (12/10/14 6:09 PM)
Come on down and grab some pictures, JD! You can at least flash a press pass when the dudes in hardhats ask why you're walking down the road with a huge camera in hand. (Our three-year-old reeeeaaaalllllly wants to get closer to the construction equipment.)

Having looked at the current re-building of the Southeast Freeway, plus the draft Office of Planning concepts, it's unclear how DDOT will combine reality with plans. Once the road opens, it's going to be really hard to make changes to the existing road.

But Wells/Allen/Ward 6 folks should push hard for some innovative concept. If not, that section of the river will continue to be forlorn. And would Cohen really build down there if the desolate status-quo remains?


JD says: (12/11/14 12:45 PM)
These were the latest SE Blvd. concept drawings, as of October:

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E. Masquinongy says: (12/11/14 9:18 PM)
OK, DDOT got the memo; these are better


JD says: (12/11/14 9:20 PM)
(Not DDOT, really--Office of Planning is spearheading this concepts phase)

As soon as I get the slides from tonight's meeting, which are slightly different from the ones above, I will post.

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