Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue SE IntersectionPedestrian Safety Study
Proposed Project Concepts
Project Concept 1: No Build
No changes are proposed to the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave SE, Potomac AveSE, and 14
Signal timing modifications would occur under typical DDOT practice.
Project Concept 2: Mid-Block Crosswalk
A mid-block crosswalk at Pennsylvania Ave SE would be constructed to provide amore direct path for pedestrians crossing Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Signal timing modifications would occur under typical DDOT practice, asdiscussed in Concept 1.
A mid-block pedestrian crosswalk is proposed between the two existingsignalized intersections of Pennsylvania Ave SE with Potomac Ave SE, andadditional signal timing modifications would be made to improve trafficoperations and to accommodate the proposed crosswalk.
Two existing crosswalks and sidewalks would be removed on both sides of thePennsylvania Ave SE median. The sidewalks would be replaced with grass toincrease the size of the median.
Project Concept 3: T Intersections
The Potomac Ave SE approaches to Pennsylvania Ave SE would be modified tointersect at "T" configurations to provide a more direct path for pedestrians crossingPennsylvania Ave SE and reduce the number of roadways pedestrians need to crossto access the Potomac Ave Metrorail Station.
A mid-block pedestrian crosswalk would be constructed, signal timingmodifications would be made (removal of signal at WB Pennsylvania & 14th, as14th St connection would be removed), and existing crosswalks onPennsylvania Ave SE would be removed as discussed in Concept 2.
The northbound and southbound approaches of Potomac Ave SE would berealigned to intersect with Pennsylvania Ave SE at T-intersections and thenorthbound approach of 14th St SE would be reconfigured to intersectPennsylvania Ave SE.
The southbound approach of Pennsylvania Ave SE adjacent to the Potomac AveMetrorail Station would be closed to both inbound and outbound traffic.
A turnaround would be constructed at the closed end of 14th St SE toaccommodate movements to the existing Potomac Ave Metrorail Station Kissand Ride. Existing residential parking at the closed end of 14th St SE would beretained. Because of the realignment of Potomac Ave SE, existing roadways onboth the north and south sides of Pennsylvania Ave SE would no longer beneeded and would be closed to traffic and could be converted to public space.
The closed roadways would result in fewer roadways for pedestrians to cross inorder to access the Potomac Ave Metrorail Station.