The District's Department of Transportation (DDOT) has proposed major modifications to New Jersey Avenue, NW, between N Street and H Street. Most significantly, DDOT's plan would restore two-way traffic to New Jersey Avenue south of New York Avenue, allowing Shaw residents to travel directly to the Union Station area and the Capitol grounds via New Jersey Avenue. DDOT would also realign the intersection of New Jersey Avenue at New York Avenue, moving the right turn lanes that allow southbound travelers on New Jersey Avenue to turn onto New York Avenue westbound (toward downtown) -- those right-turns lanes would be moved from 3rd Street to New Jersey Avenue itself. (In addition, 3rd Street would no longer extend to New York Avenue, but would isntead terminate at an enlarged landscaped area at M Street.) Bike lanes would also be added to New Jersey Avenue beteen N Street and H Street.
The current conditions and planned improvements are shown in the images below (click either image to enlarge it):
Along with the roadway overhaul, DDOT plans to make the following improvements:
- Upgrade all lighting to the new LED lighting.
- Reconstruct all traffic signals and re-time all traffic signals to improve corridor operation
- Provide countdown pedestrian signals and new pedestrian ramps for persons with disabilities
- Reconstruct all curbing to the granite curb standard
- Update all landscaping
- Improve signing and pavement markings
Check out DDOT's PowerPoint presentation from a recent community meeting, along with the current proposal for improvements, after the jump.
DDOT's July 2012 Recommended Plan for New Jersey Avenue, NW, Improvements between N Street, NW, and H Street, NW
A detailed drawing of the proposed improvements may be viewed by clicking .
DDOT July 25, 2012, Public Presentation on Planned Improvements to New Jersey Avenue, NW, between N Street, NW, and H Street, NW
The DDOT presentation may be viewed below or by clicking .