The night before DDOT met a major milestone in its 11th Street Bridge project by opening a new, inbound ramp on I-695 (Southeast / Southwest Freeway) the agency provided updates on the project and an assortment of other initiatives that it hopes will have a positive impact on the Ward 7 community.
Hosted at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church on March 6, the presentation allowed DDOT an opportunity to showcase the many projects that it is actively moving down the pipeline in Ward 7, including an effort to improve traffic safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, a project to upgrade Minnesota Avenue from A Street SE to Dix Street NE, the agency’s Barney Circle / Southeast Boulevard Transportation Study and an ambitious initiative to enhance the traffic signals at more than 200 intersections in Wards 6, 7 and 8.
In addition to detailing these and other projects, DDOT walked residents through the often involving process that it has to go through to bring each and every one of its large-scale initiatives to life.
The first-and foremost-step in this process is reaching out to the affected community for their thoughts about a project. This phase, as well as all the other steps that DDOT undergoes before it starts construction, “are key so that we can ensure that these undertakings—as well as everything else we do—are done correctly and that they meet the needs of the people who we serve: the residents of the District of Columbia,” said Chief Engineer Nick Nicholson.