Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B will hold a simultaneous special meeting and Executive Committee meeting next Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.. There is only one item on the agenda.
That’s a letter to United States Department of Transportation in support of a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) application for a National Infrastructure Project Assistance grant to remove the current Southeast Boulevard and construct an at-grade road, create land available for disposition, and potentially host an underground bus garage.
The grants are intended to support large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits.
The deadline for the letter is the day after the meeting Friday, May 20.
The more than half-mile, four-lane road between Barney Circle and 11th Street SE (see map) was known as the Southeast Freeway until its removal from the Interstate Highway System and reclassification to an arterial in 2012. The project, a joint effort between DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), offers a chance to reimagine the boulevard and circle, while advancing the District’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI).
Commonly referred to as the Southeast Boulevard Project, program goals include improved multimodal access and community redevelopment along the river, a conversion of the existing facility into an urban boulevard that will facilitate multimodal travel and suit the character of the adjacent neighborhood.
That includes a change in elevation to match L Street SE; added features such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, trees, on-street parking and green infrastructure; neighborhood-serving street extensions of 13th, 14th and 15th Streets SE; bicycle links to the waterfront; a reconfiguration of Barney Circle and potentially, an underground bus transit support facility with bus access via 11th Street SE and/or Barney Circle.
Urban design concepts for the project were produced in 2014, and an Environmental Assessment (EA) began in 2017. Many Capitol Hill residents were concerned about view sheds and noise from traffic. However, most concern has focused on the DDOT proposal to include a subterranean bus transit facility.
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