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Residents of Foggy Bottom noticed that the DDOT had placed 10 barriers at intersections along Virginia Avenue from G to 20th Street, blocking access to the bike path on streets without working traffic lights.
A local governing body announced that the DC Department of Transportation will remove barriers blocking bike lanes and make all traffic lights operational on Virginia Avenue NW over the next two weeks at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Foggy Bottom and West End Neighborhood Advisory Board Chairman Joel Causey said flashing monochromatic lights on Virginia Ave will be on within a week while street signals become fully operational and bike lane barriers will be removed within two weeks. The commissioners also said the Foggy Bottom DC Circulator stops on the Georgetown-Union route will likely be removed and two commissioners will fill the vacancy for ANC single-member district 208A ahead of the January election.
Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:
ANC President announces removal of bike lane barriers and lighting of signals on Virginia Ave
Causey said he received confirmation after “many favors” and extensive communication that DDOT officials would remove barriers blocking the protected bike path and completely illuminate traffic lights on Virginia Ave.
“This is good news for everyone, and good news for cyclists, and especially good news for our constituents who just want to cross safely,” Causey said at the meeting.
Residents of Foggy Bottom noticed that the DDOT had placed 10 barriers at intersections along Virginia Avenue from G to 20th Street, blocking access to the bike path on streets without working traffic lights. The move left pedestrians vulnerable to oncoming cyclists last month. Causey said the opening of the bike path without the proper lights was “premature” late last month.
Officials ‘disappointed’ with planned closure of Foggy Bottom DC Circulator stop
Commissioner Yannik Omictin said he wants voters to be aware of DDOT’s proposed stop consolidations on the Georgetown-Union Road, which will remove the eastbound 21st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW stop and the stop westbound at 21st and K Street NW.
Omictin said he lobbied DDOT to preserve the old stop because of its proximity to the West Market, a popular shopping and dining complex in Foggy Bottom that he says has recently seen an upsurge. “massive” expansion in the number of salespeople and employees.
He said that while these stops are becoming increasingly popular among tourists, Western Market workers and GW students, it did not seem likely that community demands would drive any changes to the proposed stop consolidations. based on his conversations with officials.
Commissioner Trupti Patel said she was “really disappointed” with the city’s decision to remove the stops and hopes the DDOT will reconsider removing the stops in the future. She said the planned removal of the stop would make it harder for commuters to get to work and for visitors to get to businesses in Foggy Bottom.
“Western Market is going to bring a lot of momentum and economic prosperity back to our ANC, and we already know that Foggy Bottom hasn’t been seen as a popular destination,” Patel said at the meeting. “We’ve seen how companies leave when they don’t have people coming to see them.”
Commissioners Omictin and Adam Friend will represent vacant SMD 2A08
Causey said the ANC position for single-member District 2A08, which represents most residence halls on campus, is vacant and will remain vacant until the ANC elections in January. He said Commissioner Omictin and Friend are “looking after” the district for now.
GW alumnus and ANC president James Harnett represented single-member District 2A08 for two years before stepping down in 2020 because, as a GW alumnus, he could not continue to live in a district that does not represents only GW students on campus. Margaret McDonald, another GW student, held the seat five months after Harnett’s resignation, then eventually resigned herself.
Harnett said student representatives have a limited time they can serve and must resign after graduating and leaving the district.
Patel said the ANC will continue in its new term, even if seats remain vacant after the election. She said the commissioners must jointly decide how to deal with certain matters concerning this district when there is a vacancy for a certain single-member district within the ANC.
“If you don’t have a dedicated ANC commissioner this discussion won’t happen or it may not be highlighted and elevated as quickly as it could have been had they had a dedicated representative. “, said Patel in an interview in 2020.