From the discussion at the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court Association meeting Thursday night, it sounds as if we may be the center of a four year traffic jam, at least during rush hour. Part of the severity is simply construction requirements for the new convention center hotel and thus unavoidable. Another part will probably be lack of planning.
Richard Neidich, the President of the Association, has always had this thing for traffic control plans (TCP), from the construction of the new convention center to the new convention center hotel. There was a TCP for the convention center. Many said there was one for the new construction.
That was probably a fib. There is a one page CAD drawing of the barriers and restricted lanes. Whether or not the developer needs two lanes in the 1000 block of Ninth southbound in the near future is an open question. But they’ve taken two, presumably for the full four years. (Technically, it’s 42 months. The editor guessing that the over-under is closer to 45 to 48 months. But we’ll see.) Already L street jams at certain times, and N has already jammed in the 900 and 1000 blocks during the morning rush. As the inbound commuters learn that it’s probably easier to take the Beltway from Silver Spring around to I295 and then back north into the District, some of this pressure may diminish.
Richard also asked the authorities at Thursday night’s Traffic Management Committee where the snow would be put if plowing the 900 block of L Street. The answer he got was a “Duh?” As things stand, it’s called bring in the dump trucks and front loaders, because a lot of the snow has no other was out, at least if you don’t consider a former mayor’s option of “it will melt”.
Where is the snow plowed to in the 900 block of L Street?
And please note that those are residents' cars and residential parking is presious around here.
The upshot of all this is that the convention center hotel developers seem to have carefully considered what they need to build their structure efficiently and have left the District to fend for itself on daily traffic flow. But perhaps that’s wrong. Perhaps the various authorities in the development team and the District Department of Transportation can see what would be need to make things a bit better and have decided that might get them into heated discussions with affected parties, discussions conveniently avoided.
So for the next four years we will be made famous on the traffic reports.