@DDOTDC: Projects Update Meeting for the Ward 7 Community | November 7, 2014 @ 6PM


Monday, November 17, 2014

6:00 p.m. | Open House

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.| Projects Update


Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church

3000 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

(Located across the street from Metro Bus Routes 30N, 36, 39, A11, J13, K11, and M6)

Project managers will be in attendance to update the Ward 7 community on the following:

  • Minnesota Avenue, NE Phase I
  • Six Bridges over Watts Branch
  • 11th Street Bridge
  • Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard
  • Parkside Pedestrian Bridge
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of Anacostia River walk Trail
  • DC Streetcar
  • Traffic Improvements
  • Asset Management
  • Tree Projects
  • Low Impact Development Projects
  • Other Projects

There will also be a question and answer session.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Brandon Cooper at 202-741-8528 or brandon.cooper@dc.gov.


@DDOTDC: ADA Transition Plan Public Meetings | 9/30 & 10/2


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host two meetings to gather input from the public for DDOT’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan will craft a framework for making the District’s public rights of way accessible to individuals with disabilities by identifying and prioritizing barriers. Public rights of way typically include sidewalks, pedestrian paths, curb ramps, street crossings, driveway crossings, crosswalks, median crossings, public transit stops, and pedestrian-activated signal systems.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to talk with DDOT and Transition Plan staff about the project, and share input about barriers to accessibility, and concerns regarding the District’s public right of way. A short presentation will describe the Transition Plan work and familiarize attendees with the process. Interactive activities will solicit input on preferred ways of addressing concerns.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Library
3160 16th St., NW
Metrorail: Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow Line)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, Lecture Hall
2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE

Metrorail: Anacostia Station (Green Line)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

Parking: Church parking lot available

The public is invited to attend both meetings. Each location will follow the same agenda and host the same activities. For more information about DDOT ADA Transition Plan and meeting updates, visit http://www.adaplanddotdc.com.

For those needing special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Shelley Johnson, at 301-424-6133 or shelley@sharpandco.com, 72 hours in advance of each meeting. These services are provided free of charge.

@DDOTDC: @mayorvincegray and DDOT Launch Potholepalooza 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy today launched the District’s sixth annual Potholepalooza campaign to expedite pothole repairs on roadways across the city. The Mayor and Bellamy helped fill potholes near the intersection of G Street and Benning Road SE to usher in DDOT’s month-long campaign for aggressively repairing potholes caused by winter weather.

“We’ve had several large snow storms and a lot of extremely cold weather this year, and this has taken a toll on our roads,” said Mayor Gray. “We’re grateful for the continued assistance of District residents in identifying potholes during this annual campaign so that we can make sure that our streets stay in good shape.”

This year’s Potholepalooza will run through May 9. During Potholepalooza, residents and commuters are encouraged to phone, go online, tweet, email or use the DC311 smartphone app to submit requests for pothole repairs. Residents can track the Potholepalooza campaign’s progress via an online map.

Reacting to the exceptionally cold winter of 2013-2014, DDOT crews have already filled well over 25,000 potholes – exceeding the total number of potholes filled in all previous Potholepalooza campaigns. DDOT will ramp up its already substantial pothole-filling efforts during Potholepalooza. As part of the campaign, DDOT is adding extra crews to fill potholes and aims to repair identified locations within 48 hours of the pothole being reported (the normal response time is within 72 hours).

“Our street and bridge maintenance crews have already been canvassing District streets for a couple months filling thousands of potholes,” said Bellamy. “With warmer temperatures, we’re accelerating our efforts and making an increased push to restore our roads.”

The first-ever Potholepalooza was held in 2009, and over the past five campaigns DDOT crews have filled 24,910 potholes. In 2013 DDOT received 849 service requests for pothole repairs during the month-long campaign and filled 3,899 potholes.

Operation Smooth Streets

DDOT has also partnered with local utilities to expedite repairs to utility cuts, which sometimes resemble potholes. This partnership, dubbed “Operation Smooth Streets,” aims to ameliorate more than 3,000 utility cuts during the Potholepalooza campaign.

How to Report a Pothole

Residents and commuters can notify DDOT about potholes in a variety of ways:

1) Call the Mayor’s Call Center at 311,

2) Use the Online Service Request Center at 311.dc.gov,

3) Send a tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC,

4) Email Potholepalooza@dc.gov, or

5) Use the District’s new DC311 smartphone application.

Those who report potholes should identify the precise location of the hazard, including the correct quadrant (Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest) of the District. They should provide as much detail as possible about the hazard, including the approximate size and depth of the pothole. DDOT crews will also be out and about proactively identifying potholes.

How is a pothole repaired?

Road crews fix a pothole by filling it with replacement pavement material. Cold patches are used for small potholes in low-traffic areas because they can be quickly applied. Hot asphalt is used in high-traffic areas or on large potholes, because it will hold much more effectively. If the road has become pitted with potholes, it may need to be resurfaced. Resurfacing a roadway involves stripping the upper layers of asphalt off, roughening the bottom layers, and applying a new upper roadway surface.

@DDOTDC: Semi-Annual Circulator Forum | February 25, 2014 @ 6PM

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is holding its Semi-Annual Circulator Forum. At the forum, DDOT will solicit feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system to ensure the DC Circulator continues to meet the needs of current and future riders.

The Circulator’s route performance, future route extensions (including the planned National Mall route), a potential fare increase, and current operations are among the various items that will be presented and discussed at this forum. The 2014 DC Circulator Development Plan Update, currently underway, will also be brought up at the meeting.

What: Semi-Annual DC Circulator Public Forum

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market – The North Hall

225 7th Street SE

Transit: Circulator: Union Station / Navy Yard Route

Metrorail: Eastern Market (Blue and Orange Lines)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

For those unable to attend this forum or who wish to submit comments at a later date please forward comments to Circe Torruellas at circe.torruellas@dc.gov or call 202-671-2847. You may also submit comments by clicking on the contact us link located on the DC Circulator website at dccirculator.com.

DDOT: Mayor Gray Kicks off District’s 2013 Tree-Planting Season

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the officials from the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) today officially kicked off the District’s tree-planting season by planting trees along the 2600 block of Birney Place SE in Ward 8. The tree-planting initiative is part of an ongoing effort to expand the District’s urban tree canopy; through this year’s campaign, the UFA will plant over 7,500 trees across all eight wards.


“We’re aiming to establish the District as one of the world’s preeminent green cities,” said Mayor Gray. “By expanding the District’s tree canopy, we’re making D.C. more sustainable and also improving the quality of life for residents and future generations.”


Mayor Gray continued: “In the Sustainable DC Plan we released earlier this year, we set an aggressive goal that entails a 40 percent increase in the urban tree canopy by 2032. In order to reach this goal, we need to plant 974 acres of new canopy on private properties, which is only one-quarter of the available planting space in the District. Working closely with agency partners like the District Department of the Environment, non-governmental organizations and citizens, the city can help promote tree planting on private parcels as a means of easily attaining a 40 percent overall tree canopy.”


Research has shown that trees provide critical benefits to cities far beyond aesthetics, air quality and stormwater control.


UFA has planted a total of 43,329 trees on public space across all 8 wards since Fiscal Year 2005, and UFA’s planting in public space accounts for nearly 75 percent of all trees planted in the District each year. The District tree canopy was at 36 percent in 2006 and was at 37 percent in 2011.

UFA plants during the period of tree dormancy, from late fall to spring. The locations are largely based on requests residents make to the Mayor’s 311 Citywide Call Center before June 15 of each year. Staff arborists inspect each proposed location to determine viability and the best species for planting.


“We continue to make strides with our tree-planting initiatives, and look to the community to partner with us to help maintain the investments we are making,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.


The proposed locations and the specific species of trees to be planted can be viewed on DDOT’s Tree Planting Map. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods will also be posted on the DDOT website this week at ddot.dc.gov/trees. Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies, and other extenuating circumstances.


The Mayor also reminded community members that they can help expand the District’s tree canopy by partnering with UFA to tend to the new trees. Residents are already responsible for maintaining property to the curb. Those who go a step further and sign a Canopy Keeper partnership agreement to water, mulch, and monitor the health of specific trees in the first two years after planting will receive free watering bags and instructions from UFA. The Canopy Keeper adoption form can be found at http://ddot.dc.gov/trees or by calling 202-671-5133.


Residents may request a tree for an existing, empty tree box or continuous planting strip (grass strip) in front of their residence or trees for an entire block by calling 311. All planting requests must be submitted before June 15, 2014 to be processed for the 2014 fall/winter planting season.