more than six years in waiting, the District Department of Transportation last
fall made good on its commitment to bring traffic-calming
measures to First St NW in
Bloomingdale. The agency completed the first phase of its work in the last few
weeks when it finished installing flexible posts in the street at each of the
nine planned intersections along the corridor.
The posts form arcs that wrap
around the street corners at intersections. They serve as bumpouts,
also known as curb extensions, which physically and visually narrow a street, and reclaim
roadway space for sidewalks, beautification, or other measures.
It’s important to note that the
posts installed so far are just intended as phase one: DDOT confirmed it will
also be adding striping to the roadway as a further visual cue to separate the
spaces—a process that it expects to complete in March, as weather permits.
Following the striping, DDOT expects to install planters and ground murals; it
is working with the Bloomingdale Civic Association to finalize the plan for
installation and maintenance of these. The agency expects to have the entire
project completed by April.