Details of the District DOT's Multi-Modal Crosstown Makeover

A conceptual study released earlier this spring would add new options for alternative modes of transportation between the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Brookland in Washington, D.C.

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June 3, 2016, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Kent Boese reports on the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study, completed recently by the District Department of Transportation, which develops a plan to build pedestrian and bike connections between Columbia Heights and Brookland.

The study "focuses on an area defined by Kenyon and Harvard Streets between 16th and Park Place; Irving Street and Michigan Avenue around the Washington Hospital Center; and Michigan Avenue from the hospital center to South Dakota Avenue," where cars "zip along" but people on bikes or on foot lack safe paths for travel.

After a public workshop that elicited almost 700 comments, DDOT released three concept plans for the corridor in April, according to Boese, as a result of the study. The article includes the pedestrian, bike, and transit improvements included in those three concepts—everything from removing the Michigan Avenue overpass, creating a new streetgrid, adding off-street and protected bike paths, and adding dedicated bus lanes. 

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