On Thursday, Feb. 21, the District Department of Transportation will be holding the first public meeting for the Barney Circle – Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study. The meeting will take place from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street SE.
As I detailed in a previous post, the Barney Circle-SE Blvd project will have a major impact on Hill East. DDOT plans to make Barney Circle a full traffic circle and connect the new circle to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway via a newly constructed Southeast Boulevard. I plan to ask DDOT a number of questions about the project, including:
- Is DDOT committed to building a full traffic circle at Barney Circle, or is the agency considering other alternatives?
- What will a full traffic circle mean for traffic along surrounding streets? Will Kentucky Avenue remain one way?
- How will bike traffic proceed around the new Barney Circle?
- Would building a full traffic circle exacerbate the current traffic situation on 17th Street SE?
- What will DDOT do with the middle of the new Barney Circle? Build a park? Monument? Garden?
- Would 13th, 14th and 15th Streets connect to the Southeast Boulevard?
- Is DDOT still considering the construction of Park Drive, a roadway that would connect Independence Avenue to Barney Circle?
- What is the timeline for the project, and is it fully funded?
Again, I encourage Hill East residents to attend this meeting, particularly if you live south of Potomac Avenue and east of 14th Street SE.