November 2012 ANC 3B News Update

Parking Changes Coming?  Will New DDOT Rules End Parking Near Ward 3 Metro Stops for Glover Parkers?

Parking in Glover Park is always a hot topic, and it could get even hotter.  DDOT’s new Parking Director, Angelo Rao, appeared at our November meeting to tell us about steps DDOT is taking that could lead to citywide changes.   ANC 3B conducted surveys and considered changes to our Residential Permit Parking rules last year, but was unable to move ahead.  We identified two conflicting priorities for Glover Park residents – making more parking available for more residents for longer hours, and making sure that, when residents had guests for get-togethers and parties, those guests had a place to park.  We were simply unable to achieve a consensus to ask DDOT to implement changes.

Now parking is back on the agenda.  DDOT has been conducting “Parking Summits” citywide, and is considering a wide range of potential changes – including performance parking in commercial areas, modifications to guest-permit rules and residential permit parking hours, and changes to residential permit zones.

ANC 3B and numerous other Glover Park residents let Mr. Rao know about our ongoing problems in Glover Park, and our difficulties in reconciling competing parking interests.

The range of potential changes under consideration presents both an opportunity and a risk.  While we have some hopes that DDOT can help us unravel the parking knot in Glover Park, we also identified some very serious concerns.  One change that has been discussed in some neighborhoods would reduce the size residential permit parking zones around metro zones.  Under this change, there could be separate zone for Glover Park , Cleveland Park, Tenleytown and other Ward 3 neighborhoods.  If this change is put in place, Glover Park residents will no longer have resident permit parking privileges at the four Ward 3 metro stops – Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Tenleytown-AU, and Friendship Heights – further restricting our community’s transportation options.

DDOT is continuing its neighborhood meetings, and Mr. Rao is continuing to take input on proposed parking changes.  Please let him know your views – he can be contacted by email at angelo.rao@dc.gov

Streetscape Delays?  Weather and Funding Issues

As this item goes to press, the final work on the Wisconsin Ave. portion of the streetscape is being put in place – new pavement has been put down and the new traffic pattern is in place between W Pl. and Whitehaven Parkway.   The change has caused some delays – hopefully these will go away once the new traffic pattern is fully in place and drivers get used to the change.

DDOT and Washington Gas had been proceeding on a timetable aimed at finishing the Wisconsin Avenue project by the end of November until Hurricane Sandy.  As we write this in mid-November we can only hope that the cold weather will hold off long enough for the new roadway to be laid all the way up to Massachusetts Avenue.  Washington Gas will be repairing the new sidewalks it tore up but the colorful Miss Utility markings will have to fade away over time.

Meanwhile, the plans for the intersection fix at Tunlaw and 37th are finalized but the project cannot be started until the spring at this point.  We are awaiting word that the change order needed to fund this project is approved. After that, the project cannot proceed until there is warmer weather and Wisconsin Avenue is finished so that it can handle required detours.  The projected start date is March 1 pending funding approval.  Watch the ANC website (www.anc3b.org) for updates.

New Commissioners are Elected

Starting in January, ANC3B will welcome two new commissioners.  Joe Fiorillo will be taking over Ben Thielen’s seat (Ben chose not to run again) and Mary Young was elected to fill the seat representing Cathedral Heights that was recently vacated by Howie Kreitzman.  We thank Ben and Howie for their service, and welcome Joe and Mary to the ANC.

ANC3B will meet on December 13 at 7 p.m. at the Stoddert School.  Our January meeting is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 10.