Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Second Meeting for I-395 Air Rights Project

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are holding public meeting for the I-395 Air Rights Project Environmental Assessment,  Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Holy Rosary Church (Casa Italiana).

This is an opportunity for the general public to offer its suggestions regarding the public infrastructure created by the project, which should include additional bicycle facilities.

This is the second meeting of the project and will discuss the alternatives the proposed by the and potential impacts.   The alternative build options will be discusses as well as provide an opportunity for comments from the public. The meeting will be an open house and attendees may arrive any time between 5:30p and 7:30p.

The meeting will be at:
Holy Rosary Church (Casa Italiana)
595 1/2 3rd Street, NW
Washington DC, 20001

The purpose of the project is to propose modifications to the transportation infrastructure between 2nd Street, 3rd Street, D Street, and H Street, NW and examine alternatives proposed by the project team.  According to the project website, DDOT and FHWA are considering alternatives that would enhance the functionality of the transportation infrastructure while creating room for seamless, economically, and environmentally sustainable development of the air rights over the interstate between E Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Early conceptual drawings for the project included the addition of public amenities such the restoration of D and H Streets NW above the freeway, public green space and bicycle infrastructure. The bulk of the area will contain 2.2 million square feet of mixed-use development.