This page collects information on transportation projects - road and bridge work, bike lanes, and proposals for transportation projects - in and around ANC 5E01 and Edgewood. For more information, contact me directly.
Monroe Street Bridge Reconstruction (completed 2019)
In late 2019, DDOT completed a 2+ year, multi-million dollar reconstruction of the 90-year-old Monroe Street Bridge.
Irving Street Crosstown Bike Lanes (completed 2020)
In 2020, DDOT completed installation of protected bike lanes on Irving Street NE/NW between Michigan Avenue NE and the 400 block of Kenyon Street NW.
As of late 2020, DDOT is in the early stages of studying an eventual connection from the east end of the Crosstown lanes (at Irving and Michigan NE), along Michigan and Monroe, to 8th St NE and into Brookland.
Franklin Street Bike Lanes
In late 2019, DDOT completed installation of bike lanes along Franklin Street NE between 7th and 12th St. NE. These lanes will improve safety for all road users and residents along this stretch, and provide a safer, separated connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
DDOT also installed upgraded pedestrian LED flashing warning signals at the intersection of 6th and Franklin NE in the summer of 2020.
You can view video of the May 31, 2019 community meeting on the Franklin St. bike lanes and traffic calming efforts here.
8th St NE/MBT Traffic Safety and Bike Lane (Proposed)
DDOT has also released updated plans to install protected bike lanes on 8th St. NE, closing a gap in the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail. These plans would (1) install a protected bike lane on the west side of 8th St NE and (2) convert 8th St NE to one-way, northbound, between Edgewood St and Monroe St NE. You can read a comprehensive summary of the proposal here.
DDOT presented these updated plans at the September 2020 ANC 5E meeting. You can view that presentation here.
You can view video of the July 31, 2019 community meeting where these issues were discussed here.
DDOT is currently (as of December 2020) developing designs for 8th St NE and will present those to the community upon completion.
Hamlin Street Pedestrian Bridge (concept)
In 2009 (in the Brookland Small Area Plan) and again in 2015 (in the Brookland-Edgewood Livability Study), DC agencies have proposed building pedestrian bridges over the CSX/metro tracks on the east end of Edgewood. These proposed bridges would provide a more pedestrian-friendly connection between Edgewood and Brookland than the existing Monroe St. and Franklin St. bridges. They would also connect the growing 8th and 12th street business corridors, and reduce travel time between 8th and 9th streets NE.
In January of 2018, ANC5E - led by former 5E01 Commissioner Ed Garnett - unanimously passed a Comprehensive Transportation Resolution supporting the funding of this project, and over 425 residents signed a petition of support for the project. The next step is to obtain funding from the DC Council for a feasibility study (approximately $25,000).