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“A clearly reluctant D.C. Department of Transportation has tentatively agreed to restore Wisconsin Avenue to six traffic lanes in Glover Park,” writes Elizabeth Wiener in today’s Northwest Current. “In the spring, the agency will remove the newly painted median strip that was designed to slow traffic and protect pedestrians on the busy commercial corridor.” In her story, Wiener reports at length on the testimony at a December 4 hearing on the road’s configuration called by Ward 3 City Council member Mary Cheh.

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“After a survey that says residents don’t want traffic calming on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B will support returning the street to six lanes,” reports Greater Greater Washington. The ANC plans to testify in favor of the change at a December 4 public hearing on the matter, the blog states.

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has launched an online survey to collect Glover Parkers’ opinions on the lane patterns created by last year’s Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project. This survey will inform the ANC’s testimony at a December 4 hearing on the matter scheduled by Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh.

“Voices have been raised, mostly loudly by people who do not live in Glover Park, against the lane changes on Wisconsin Avenue, which were designed to slow traffic through our commercial center and increase pedestrian safety,” the survey’s introduction states. “It is possible this hearing will result in a decision to return Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park back to the way it was before the streetscape project.” Some of the streetscape changes, including left-turn-only lanes north of Calvert Street, have already been reversed in response to concerns about gridlock.

Glover Park residents can take the ANC’s survey at surveymonkey.com. To ensure that only ANC 3B constituents weigh in, survey participants are required to provide their names and addresses.

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District Department of Transportation workers will completely remove a painted median strip on Wisconsin Ave. between Calvert and Garfield streets, reports the Georgetown Current in the Georgetown Dish. The surprise work began last week.

The decision to reopen the middle lane of Wisconsin Ave. to traffic was made “in the interest of pedestrian and vehicle safety,” chief traffic engineer James Cheeks wrote in a notice quoted by the Current. The median strip was added earlier this year in the name of pedestrian safety, but many have blamed it for long traffic backups on Wisconsin and additional cut-through traffic elsewhere in Glover Park.

City Council member Jack Evans, who represents Georgetown, has advocated removing the painted median strip all the way south to Whitehaven, but City Council member Mary Cheh, who represents Glover Park, told the Current he shouldn’t count on it: “’We’re not going to do that,’ said Cheh, who chairs the council’s transportation committee. ‘I don’t think we’re at the stage yet of throwing out all that work in Glover Park.’”

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Ken Archer, a contributor to the Greater Greater Washington blog, tweeted this afternoon that District Department of Transportation workers were striping a new through lane for traffic on Wisconsin Avenue between Calvert and Fulton streets, just north of the Glover Park commercial strip. “DDOT quietly adding thru lane back to Wisc in @gloverpark, where 2 peds hit per yr,” he wrote. The central lane had been converted to a painted median with dedicated left turn areas as part of last year’s contentious Glover Park streetscape project. DDOT officials said at the time that the old traffic patterns could be restored if the new ones proved problematic.

 

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Washington Gas plans to line or replace cast-iron gas mains on the Wisconsin Ave. commercial strip, the Georgetown Patch reports. The work, which will extend from 34th St. in the south to Massachusetts Ave. in the north, will lengthen construction on the Wisconsin Avenue Streetscape project, originally slated for completion by the end of September. The project—also expanded to include a reconfiguration of the problematic intersection at 37th St. and Tunlaw Rd.—is now expected to last through November.

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As local blog 73rd & Walnut first reported, the new Washington Globe streetlights have started going in on Wisconsin Avenue—and some of them are a bit oddly placed. A light on W Place near Wisconsin Ave., for example, seems to be located “smack in the middle of the sidewalk,” the blogger wrote.

In response to similar comments from residents and ANC 3B commissioners, project manager Paul Hoffman wrote a letter to the ANC. “We have confirmed the location has a 4-foot plus dimension to the building facade and meets the additional 20-inch distance off of the handicapped curb ramp,” the letter states. “The pole is located per plan…. [R]elocation or removal cannot be recommended.”

The first lights to go in are very tall—taller, in fact, than the cobra lights they’re replacing—but Hoffman confirms to us that most lights in the project will be on a smaller, more pedestrian-friendly scale. The lights along Wisconsin Ave. are to be so-called “Twin-20 lights”: 20 feet tall with two globes each. You can see an example at the far right in the sketch above.

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