Construction Holdups Delay M Street Cycle Track Three Months | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Construction Holdups Delay M Street Cycle Track Three Months

Play associated audio
Riders hoping to see the M Street cycle track work begin so may have to wait.
Martin Di Caro
Riders hoping to see the M Street cycle track work begin so may have to wait.

The District Department of Transportation says two highly-anticipated cycle track projects are coming, just not right away.

The District is planning the intersection of two major cycle tracks at 15th and M Streets Northwest. It's just taking a lot longer than first planned. Construction of the M Street cycle track will begin in October, says DDOT planner Jim Sebastian, three months late.

"We have to finish the design. We have been working with a lot of stakeholders out there along the corridor," Sebastian says. "Every time we make a change we want to look at the traffic impacts and the associated environmental impacts."

In a perfect world, the M Street cycle track would be protected from vehicular traffic for its entire one and a half miles from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW. However, a large church at 15th and M has asked DDOT to change the design so its congregants won't lose their parking, meaning the cycle track will turn into a regular unprotected bike lane for an entire block.

"I am concerned that if we start allowing individual private adjacent landowners to essentially opt out of public transportation projects that are proven better for public mobility and safety, we are allowing private convenience to trump publc safety," says Shane Farthing at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

As for the 15th Street cycle track that runs north-south, DDOT says a resurfacing project should begin the first week of September, take about 4 to 6 weeks, and cycle traffic will be shifted next to the construction zone for a few blocks at a time during the repaving, possibly protected by traffic cones.

NPR

Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.