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DDOT is hosting another public meeting tonight (Thursday, Nov. 21) on its project to both turn the old sunken portion of the Southeast Freeway into "Southeast Blvd." and also to remake Barney Circle.
This meeting will "seek community feedback on updated design concepts" that "illustrate ways to transform the Southeast Freeway between 11th Street SE and Barney Circle into a boulevard that integrates with adjacent neighborhoods and provides new connections to the Anacostia River."
The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Payne Elementary School, 1445 C St., SE.
This is a study that I'm actually pretty interested in, but I missed the previous meeting and ensuing discussions owing to my Annus Horribilis, so I can't give you a whole lot of details on how it has all gone up to now. The project web site has the basics, including the presentation slides from the first meeting, and ANC commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg posted 6B's first comments on the concepts back in April.
Some of the work on Southeast Blvd. has of course already begun, with tons and tons of dirt already having filled in the former underpass beneath 11th Street, so that traffic coming from the freeway will be able to exit to a signalized intersection at 11th. But little work has been done east of 11th, which is good since it's this study that is to determine exactly what that work should be.
Also, if you can't get enough of public meetings on transportation issues, you can also mark your calendar for an upcoming DDOT meeting regarding updates to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Transportation Master Plan. It's on Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at South Capitol and I streets, SW.
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Sam says: (11/21/13 8:56 PM)
Welcome back JD and so sorry about your mother. I just returned from the Barney Circle meeting and on a whim tried your website and miracle of miracles there were all these posts I had missed.

The Barney Circle meeting was a DDOT smoke and mirrors show with the elephant in the room being bus parking. They act like it is about traffic planning, and they dance around why there is a parking lot on EVERY proposal. Their renderings have cute little compacts sprinkled around, but the driving force is probably tour buses. I hope we can discover what is really going on.


JD says: (11/21/13 9:08 PM)
Thanks, Sam, glad you wandered back by!

DDOT says they will have the meeting materials posted on Friday, so I'll get them up sometime after that, but yes, the emphasis on large amounts of parking is interesting from a perspective of who/what is driving the project.

I wonder what the Office of Planning would say if a developer wandered in with some of those concepts. :)


hflakker says: (11/22/13 2:13 PM)
Sam, I couldn't agree more. I left the meeting very disappointed feeling that this "couldn't possibly be all about bus parking???" And what is going on with the below grade options for the 'highway'. I thought the entire thing was premised on the notion to create an urban boulevard. Half of the proposals had the highway, and I am using the term intentionally, below grade with a pedestrian bridge over the roadway. Really disappointing.


monkeyrotica says: (11/22/13 2:48 PM)
GGW posted some renderings. It's like a cuter version of the RFK parking lot.

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