M Street Cycle Track Installation Now Underway

This week DDOT broke ground on the M Street protected bike lane (aka cycle track).

DDOT crews installing M Street cycle rack

DDOT crews installing median on Rhode Island Avenue NW for the M Street Cycle Track

Our crews began by installing a median on the south side of Rhode Island Avenue NW (east of Connecticut Avenue NW) that will serve as a buffer to separate vehicular traffic from the lane (see picture at right). Next week, weather permitting, we will begin work on M Street NW near 14th Street and New Hampshire Avenue.

We’re installing the cycle track lane as a “retrofit” which will not require for the entire roadway to be resurfaced. To install the lane existing markings will be removed and replaced with new markings for the bike lane. We specifically chose to implement the M Street cycle track as a “retrofit” to allow for time to evaluate the design and operations before making permanent changes to the roadway.

Although our schedule will be largely driven by weather conditions, we are eager to complete the lane within four to six weeks.

If it rains or snows installation activities will likely shutdown for the day and may delay the completion date. At a minimum, pavement temperature conditions must be at least 40°F to allow for concrete and pavement pours to cure and for pavement markings to properly adhere to the roadway surface.

We thank the community for their support while the lane is under construction and remind cyclists to be please avoid using the lane until it is fully completed.

About the M Street Cycle Track

The M Street cycle track, with a buffer of parked cars and flexible posts, will span over a mile on the north side of M Street NW, between 14th Street and 28th Street, and will serve as the westbound compliment to the eastbound cycle track on L Street NW. On the 1500 block of M Street NW, the lane will be installed as a “traditional” bike lane. Green paint will also be used for much of the block to increase the visibility of the lane.

For more information about DDOT’s Bicycle Program please visit this link.

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