ANC 3B Asks for Return to Six-Lane Wisconsin Ave. with Pedestrian Safety Improvements

On December 4, 2013, ANC 3B testified before a hearing of the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment on the Wisconsin Ave. Streetscape project.   Based on results from a survey of Glover Park residents, ANC 3B commissioners supported a return to the six-lane traffic pattern on Wisconsin Ave.  Commissioner Blumenthal’s testimony focused on the reasons for the requested reversion to the old traffic pattern; Commissioner Cohen’s testimony focused on the need to ensure that pedestrian safety is not compromised when the changes are made.

At the end of the hearing, Councilmember Cheh created a committee consisting of representatives from DDOT, and Glover Park, Georgetown, and Mass Ave. Heights residents to develop a plan – to be ready for the spring construction season – to return Wisconsin Ave. to six lanes, make 35th St. a two-way street between Whitehaven Pkwy. and Wisconsin Ave., and implement measures (such as traffic cameras, improved crosswalks, and additional traffic lights) to improve pedestrian safety along Wisconsin Ave. between Garfield and 35th Sts.