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Pennsylvania Avenue SE is a signature boulevard that offers spectacular views, and will provide its community with pedestrian-oriented nodes that offer diverse and high quality retail services.

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DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

GREAT

STREETS

FRAMEWORK

PLAN

Government of District of Columbia Anthony A. Williams, Mayor District Department of Transportation Michelle Pourciau, Director

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SEE-

Pennsylvania Avenue SE

GREAT STREETS FRAMEWORK PLAN

Pennsylvania Avenue SE

THE GREAT STREETS PROGRAM INVOLVED THE PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN A VARIETY OF PROJECT TASKS SUCH AS ANALYSIS, DISCUSSION, WORKSHOPS, IDEA PROCESSING, BUDGETING, AND DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS.E-

DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pennsylvania Avenue SETable of ContentsPROGRAM GOALS PRINCIPLES A FRAMEWORK FOR CHANGE HISTORY AND CONTEXT EXISTING TRANSPORTATION ASSESSMENT E-2 E-2 E-4 E-6 E-7

OTHER INITIATIVES AND MARKET POTENTIALS E-8 Summary of Planning/ Urban Design Study Recommendations ................................E-8 Areas of Investment ..............................................................................................E-9 TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDATIONS E-10 Right-of-Way Configuration: ..................................................................................E-0 Pedestrian Facilities: ............................................................................................E- Bike Facilities: .....................................................................................................E- Transit Facilities: ..................................................................................................E- Vehicle/Parking Facilities: .....................................................................................E- LENFANT SQUARE SEGMENT E-12 I-95 to 7th Street SE .........................................................................................E- PENN BRANCH SEGMENT E-14 30th Street SE to Carpenter Street SE ....................................................................E-4 ALABAMA AVENUE SEGMENT E-16 Fort Davis Drive SE to Fort Davis Street SE .............................................................E-6dge Sou sa Bri

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ACTION PLAN ACTIONS PLANNED TO DATE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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BUDGET LENGTH EXTENT

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$14 million 1.7 miles Sousa Bridge to Southern Avenue

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STREETSCAPE TREATMENT

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GREAT STREETS FRAMEWORK PLAN

Introduction

Great

PRINCIPLES ENERGIzEStrengthen businesses and other local services

Streets is a multi-agency program that strategically uses public investments to improve local quality of life and toattract private investment to communities. The corridors that are identified as the first phase of the Great Streets Program are not only vital to the community development of local neighborhoods,but are also key to enhancing the Districts diversity and prosperity.

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Program Goals. Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity; . Support local demand for goods and services through economic development; 3. Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel; andPennsylvania Avenue SE

Integrate nature and create valuable open spaces

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Choices in how to travel

4. Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.

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Safe, vibrant places that reflect local character

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Increase community ownership and participation

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DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE East of the River

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SEWARD SQUARE

EASTERN MARKET

BARNEY CIRCLE

LENFANT SQUARE

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Introduction

GREAT STREETS FRAMEWORK PLAN

Introduction

A fRAMEWoRK foR ChANGEPennsylvania Avenue SE is a signature boulevard that offers spectacular views, and will provide its community with pedestrian-oriented nodes that offer diverse and high quality retail services. Anchored by three significant activity nodes - LEnfant Square, Branch Avenue, and Alabama Avenue - which alternate with residential areas, the corridors street edge will be unified by the sidewalk material, large tree cover, and street lights. This well-articulated street edge will emphasize views toward the U.S. Capitol. Pocket parks will be easily accessible, and will have enhanced crosswalks, higher illumination levels, and public art. New sidewalks, lighting, enhanced crosswalks, and signage will make the citys parks and trails along the corridor easily accessible. The corridor will thus reinforce the Vision Statement and become an important amenity and focal area for the neighborhoods and the District at large.

vISIoN Pennsylvania Avenue SE is a signature boulevard worthy of its title as Americas Main Street. It offers the nation panoramic views and a new and exciting Public Square in the tradition of LEnfant City. Three compact retail districts with high quality pedestrian environments are centers for community and connections to high quality transit services for the residents.Pennsylvania Avenue SE

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FAIRFAX VILLAGE

LEnfant Square Destination 1-295 to 27th St SE (2,000 Feet) Major Reconstruction Extension of median to Minnesota Ave. Bury utility poles Realign roadway & curb/gutter New sidewalk: exposed aggregate & Furnishing: Pervious units pavers, as per DDOT requirements Public art New streetlighting: Twin 20 Add street trees Streetscape Improvements

Neighborhood Residential and Retail SegmentCommunity 30th St., SE to Fort Davis St., SE (4,500 Feet)Major Reconstruction

Neighborhood

Extents/ LengthMajor Reconstruction

Streetscape Improvements

Level of Improvements

Bury utility poles at retail nodes

New sidewalks exposed aggregate & Furnishing: Pervious units pavers, as per DDOT requirements Add sidewalk at Parklands Public art New streetlighting: Twin #20 Add street trees

Bury utility poles at retail nodes

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hISToRY AND CoNTEXTThis aavenue, on axis with the Capitol, is an extension of the LEnfant Plan for the City of Washington, D.C. and is a designated National Scenic Byway. The avenue is used as a major river crossing by commuters to access the citys core. Its function as an important vehicular entry route has severely impacted the corridors role as a focal point for its communities and its visual link with the Capitol. It offers its neighborhoods (Hillcrest, Randle Heights, Anacostia, and Fort Dupont Park) retail pockets that are auto-oriented in character and offer limited services. The corridor is predominantly fronted by single family homes with large setbacks that reinforce its appearance as a green boulevard. Several major parks (Fort Davis, Fort Dupont, and Fort Stanton) and smaller pocket parks fall along the corridors path. However, pedestrian access to the parks is poor, due to the auto-oriented nature of the roadway, which restricts the use of the pocket parks. The Anacostia Waterfront is yet another asset that the neighborhood community lacks access to due to the barrier effect of I-95 and its interchange. At the western end of the corridor, LEnfant Square provides an opportunity to create a significant public plaza (in the LEnfant tradition). Market analyses has shown that it is also a potential magnet for major commercial and housing development. Today it is a congested, dangerous intersection carrying traffic from across the river and Minnesota Avenue, with roadways that split the open space into traffic islands. Further east, the corridor intersects other major streets, such as Branch and Alabama Avenues, where retail facilities are located. At its eastern end, the transition between Maryland and the District is insignificant and the vehicular right-of-way expands appreciably once in Maryland.

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DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

EXISTING TRANSPoRTATIoN ASSESSMENT(opposite page) Figure A: Pennsylvania Bridge, 1910 Figure B: Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues SE, August 6, 1949 Figure C: Pennsylvania Avenue SE is characterized by single-family houses with wide setbacks Figure D: Pennsylania Avenue looking east, wide automobile lanes dominated right-of-way at LEnfant

(current page) Figure E: Retail facility at Pennsylvania dnd Branch Avenues SE Figure F: Existing Transportation Infrastructure Map

The worst peak congestion occurs between Minnesota Avenue (including west, past the Sousa Bridge) and Branch Avenue. Daily traffic volumes range from ,000 to 53,000 vehicles per day. Problems at Minnesota Avenue are exacerbated by missing I95 ramp movements from Kenilworth Avenue southbound to Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. Approximately 3% of vehicles arriving eastbound at Minnesota Avenue are making a

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