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A Safer and Friendlier Columbia Road in Adams Morgan

Last week, the District Department of Transportation issued a notice of intent that moves forward on a transformative project for Columbia Road that has been in planning since 2021. The section of Columbia Road between 16th Street and Connecticut Avenue has not worked well for anyone: busses slowed by traffic, traffic impeded by double-parked cars, not enough curbside space for businesses, unsafe pedestrian crossings, and a higher concentration of bicycle crashes than almost anywhere else in the District. The new Columbia Road will have new protected bike lanes between 16th Street and Connecticut Avenue, a 24/7 bus lane and other transit improvements, as well as numerous safety improvements like pedestrian islands.

The notice gives ANC 1C until mid-March to offer feedback on the plan before DDOT moves forward with construction later this year. I strongly supported this project in the concept phase and I can’t wait to see it move forward!

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I look forward to collaborating with the Office of Planning, neighbors, and local institutions to create a new community landmark we can all be proud of, one that will add density to the site, contribute to the shortage of affordable housing in this part of Ward 1 and provide new public amenities to help restore the vibrancy of this end of the U Street Corridor.

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