The February Hill Rag has an article about the "complex challenges" of traffic management
facing Near Southeast and Southwest as development projects
come online over the next few years--including, of course, the new ballpark
, which will draw 40,000 fans 80 times a year. The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission
is required to provide a Traffic Operations and Parking Plan by April 30; there will then be community meetings for discussion (lots of it, I imagine) of the plan, though DCSEC takes pains to note that the TOPP is just for game day-related traffic, and not the entire surrounding area's general traffic flow. Ward 6 council member Tommy Wells is working on a gathering of representatives of the usual suspects (agencies, DCSEC, business and property owners [including the Navy], and community members) to work toward coordinating plans and solutions addressing the flow of people in and out of Southeast and Southwest. Even before the arrival of thousands of baseball fans and other neighborhood newcomers (including the 7,000 DOT
workers scheduled to arrive in Spring 2007), traffic along South Capitol Street is, shall we say, terrible, so coming up with a solution will be an interesting challenge.
If you're interested in traffic issues, you might also want to look at this Transportation Impact Study
(PDF, 3.6 MB; for a taste, here's the introduction and conclusions
) of the area bounded by South Capitol, First, M, and N streets
submitted by Monument Realty
as part of its Dec. 2006 Zoning Commission filings for the 55 M Street project
(which I just got my paws on). While it primarily deals with Squares 700 and 701, section 5 of the study also has an analysis of projected ballpark weekday evening traffic in 2008
. For more background (from a government source), you can also go back and read the 2004 South Capitol Gateway Corridor and Anacostia Access Study
prepared by DDOT.