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Street changes considered for northernmost part of D.C. east of Rock Creek Park

Officials will hold a public meeting on the Rock Creek East 1 study June 12

The Rock Creek East 1 study area
District Department of Transportation

Transit improvements could be coming to a sizable portion of Northwest east of Rock Creek Park based on an ongoing study that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will provide an update about at a June 12 community meeting. The Rock Creek East 1 livability study is assessing potential traffic-calming measures, like curb extensions and speed humps, in Brightwood, Shepherd Park, Takoma, Colonial Village, Manor Park, and Lamond Riggs.

During the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (701 Oglethorpe Street NW), DDOT says it will delve into “focus areas” for the study. The area under consideration is bounded by Rock Creek Park and the Maryland border to the west, Eastern Avenue the north, New Hampshire Avenue NE and the Red Line Metro tracks to the east, and Military Road NW, Missouri Avenue NW, and Riggs Road NE to the south.

“Public workshop attendees will have an opportunity to evaluate and share their ideas for specific livability design improvements at these focus areas through interactive workshop activities,” the agency says in a release. “This public workshop will be followed by a public pop-up event at one of the focus areas this summer.” A previous workshop took place last February. Dozens of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists occurred within the study area from January 2016 to January 2019, according to DDOT, as shown by the map below.

Crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists from January 2016 to January 2019
District Department of Transportation

The department anticipates holding a third public workshop on the study in September 2019.