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1 Place and Galloway St, NE

Transportation Access Study and Improvement Plan Final Report & Conceptual Design
August4,2011 ContractNo.:POKA2006T0035JJ Preparedby: TooleDesignGroup,LLC Inassociationwith: Sabra,WangandAssociates,Inc.

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Transportation Access Study and Improvement Plan TableofContents
1.0
1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.4.

Introduction..................................................................................................................3
ExistingConditions........................................................................................................................3 Stakeholder&PublicImprovement..............................................................................................4 DesignCriteria...............................................................................................................................4 ProposedImprovementsandCostEstimates...............................................................................5

2.0
2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.

10%ConceptualDesignDevelopment...........................................................................7
AlternativesAnalysis.....................................................................................................................7 Horizontal,VerticalandEdgeGeometry......................................................................................7 TypicalRoadwayCrossSections...................................................................................................8 BicycleandPedestrianConsiderations.......................................................................................10 PedestrianDesireLinesandCrossingDistances.................................................................10 BuffersandTrafficCalming.................................................................................................10 SharedLaneMarkingsandFutureTrailConnections.........................................................11 BicycleParking....................................................................................................................11

2.4.1. 2.4.2. 2.4.3. 2.4.4. 2.5. 2.6. 2.7. 2.8. 2.9. 2.10. 2.11.

StreetscapeandLandscapeDesign.............................................................................................12 PublicArt.....................................................................................................................................12 Wayfinding..................................................................................................................................13 Lighting........................................................................................................................................13 DrainageandErosion&SedimentControl.................................................................................13 UtilityImpacts.........................................................................................................................13 RightofWayandPropertyImpacts.......................................................................................14

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2.12. 2.13. 2.14. TrafficAnalysisandTrafficControl.........................................................................................14 ConstructionPhasingandMaintenanceofTraffic .................................................................15 . EnvironmentalCompliance.....................................................................................................16

ListofAppendices
AppendixA:ExistingConditionsReport AppendixB:DesignAlternativesGraphics AppendixC:ConceptualDesignPlansandIllustrativeDrawings AppendixD:HorizontalAlignmentReport&AutoTurn AppendixE:TrafficAnalysisMemorandum AppendixF:ConstructionCostEstimate AppendixG:PublicMeetingMaterialsandNotes

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1.0 Introduction
Thisdocumentsummarizestheplanningprocessand10%conceptualdesignfor1stPlaceandGalloway Street,NEtoimprovemultimodalfunctionalityandareacirculation.Thisprojectwasinitiatedbythe DistrictDepartmentofTransportationtoimproveaccessandcirculationfortheconfluenceof pedestrians,bicyclists,buses,andvehiclesattheFortTottenMetrorailstation.Thestudyareaincluded roadwaysandpathswithin1/4mileoftheMetrorailstation.Thereareseveralsignificantchanges comingtothearea,includingaplannedreconfigurationoftheRiggsRoad/SouthDakotaintersection andseveralmajorrealestatedevelopmentsinvariousstagesofplanningandconstructioninthe immediatevicinitythatwillsignificantlyincreaseresidentialandcommercialdensities.Theseandother projectsunderscoretheneedtoprovidesafeandefficientmultimodaltrafficcirculationintheproject studyarea.Theprimarygoaloftheprojectistoimprovecirculationsoallmodescansafelyaccessand navigatethestationareaasthesurroundingneighborhoodevolvesandincreasesthedemandforthe useoftheFortTottenMetrorailstation. Thefollowingdesignissueswereaddressed: Stationaccessandcirculation Streetscapeandurbandesign Perceptionsofsafetyforallusers Accessmanagement Wayfinding Trafficcalming Transitefficiency Bicycleparking Connectionstotheexistingandplannedregionaltrailnetwork CongestionandsafetyatthereconfiguredRiggsRoad/SouthDakotaintersection

1.1.

ExistingConditions

Theprojectteamconductedathoroughreviewofexistingplans,studies,anddesignstobuilduponand maximizetheresourcesalreadyinvestedintheprojectstudyarea.Existingtraffic,bus,bicycle,and pedestriancirculationconditionswereevaluatedandusedasabaselinetodevelopthreemultimodal redesignalternativesforthecorridor. 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

Detaileddocumentationandanalysisofexistingconditionscanbefoundasanappendix,andincludes thefollowingcontent: Existingroadway,pedestrian,andbicyclefacilitiesoverview Datacollectionandtrafficmodeldevelopment:operations,levelofservice,modesplits Asummaryandreviewoftheproposedfuturedevelopmentprojectsinthearea

1.2.

Stakeholder&PublicImprovement

Numerouscoordinationanddesignreviewmeetingsandfieldvisitswereconductedoverthecourseof theprojectincludingDDOTDivisions,DCOfficeofPlanning,NationalParkService,andWashington MetropolitanAreaTransitAuthority.Theprimaryissuesthatwereaddressedwiththevariousagencies included:coordinationwithongoingprivatelanddevelopments,maintainingbusoperations, reconfigurationoftheKissandRidelot,andprotectionofNationalParkServicelandsfrom encroachment. Inaddition,aseriesofthreepublicmeetingswereheldoverthecourseofthisstudy.Fullpublic meetingagendas,meetingmaterials,andnotescanbefoundasanappendix.Thethreemeetings included: Thekeythemeheardfromthepublicacrossthemeetingswastoimprovepedestrianconnectivity throughthestationareaandtothesurroundingneighborhoods,particularlybyformalizingtheworn pedestrianpathsacrossNationalParkServicepropertybetweenGallowayandGallatinStreets.The otherkeyissueraisedwastoimprovetheperceptionofsafetythroughregularmaintenanceand improvementssuchaslightingundertherailroadbridges. November17,2009:projectkickoffmeeting March22,2010:presentationofpreliminaryanalysisandrecommendations March22,2011:presentationofpreferreddesignalternative

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DesignCriteria

ThemajorityofthecorridorisownedbytheDistrictofColumbia,withthesectionthroughtheFort TottenMetrorailStationbeingownedbyWMATA.Itwasunderstoodthroughouttheprojectthatthe proposedroadwayimprovementswouldbedesignedtoDistrictofColumbiastandardswiththebus specificfacilitiesdesignedtoWMATAstandards. 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

FunctionalClassification:ItisunderstoodthattheprojectcorridorisclassifiedasaCollector. DesignSpeed:Thepostedspeedis25mph,thereforeadesignspeedwouldbebetween25and30mph. Forgeometricpurposesadesignspeedof30mphwasused,howevertherewerelocationswhere existinggeometrywasheldtoavoidsignificantconstructionimpacts. Minimumlanewidths:A12footminimumlanewidthwasusedforthisproject.TheAASHTOminimum is10feetforthistypeofroadway;however,WMATArequestedlargerlanewidthstobetter accommodatetherelativelyhighnumberofbussesinthecorridor. PercentofHeavyVehicles:Basedonexistingtrafficcountsandusingaconservativeapproach,the percentageofheavyvehicleswasassumedtobe2%. DesignVehicles:AASHTObuswasassumedasadesignvehiclealongthecorridor.Withinthe reconfiguredKissandRidelot,amodifiedsingleunittruck(SU)wasusedtoreplicateaWMATA maintenancevehicle.TheWMATAStationSiteandAccessPlanningManualwasconsultedfor circulationintheKissandRidelot.AnAutoTurnanalysiswasalsoconductedatintersectionsalongthe corridorandwithintheKissandRidelot.TheAutoTurnanalysisforcriticalturnmovementsare includedasanAppendix. GeneralGuidance:Theproposeddesignwasalsodevelopedinaccordancewithothergeneralguidance includingtheFHWAManualonUniformTrafficControlDevices(MUTCD),AmericanAssociationofState HighwayandTransportationOfficials(AASHTO),AmericanswithDisabilitiesAct(ADA),andother guidelines,standardsandspecificationsasappropriate.

1.4.

ProposedImprovementsandCostEstimates

Theproposedimprovementsseektoprovideamorecompletenetworkoffacilitiesandafriendlier environmentforbicyclistsandpedestriansalongthecorridor,whilealsomaintainingthesafe movementsofvehiculartraffic.Specificimprovementsarediscussedinthe10%ConceptualDesign Developmentsection.The1stPlaceandGallowayStreetimprovementsincludethefollowinggeneral components: geometricmodificationsandfullyaccessible(ADA)pedestriancrossingsorientedtotheprimary desirelinestoimprovepedestrianaccessandsafety 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

continuousandwidenedmultiusetrailfacilitiesalongthecorridorincludingnewsectionsalong thesouthsideofGallowayStreet,NEandthewestsideof1stPlace,NE sharedlanemarkingsandsignageforbicycleson1stPlace,NEandGallowayStreet,NE reconfigurationoftheFortTottenMetrostationKissandRidelottoimproveaccessand circulationforbothpedestriansandmotorists streetscapingandlandscapingincludingaestheticdesignfeatures,improvedcorridorlighting, seatingareas,andaraingarden busstopupgrades

Apreliminaryconstructioncostestimatewasdevelopedforthepreferredconceptualdesign.Payitems wereidentifiedandroughquantitytakeoffsweredeveloped.Unitcostswereassignedbasedon historicalcostdatafromtheDistrictofColumbia,DDOTandothersources.Itisassumedthateachof thethreesegmentswillbeaseparateconstructioncontractbasedonpropertyownershipand coordinationrequirements:1stPlace,WMATAProperty,andGallowayStreet.Thesegmentsare describedingreaterdetailinthe10%ConceptualDesignDevelopmentsectionbelowaswellasinthe designdrawingsAppendix. Costsarebasedon2010dollarswitha20%contingencyappliedtototalcostforeachsegment.The estimatedoesnotincludefurthercostsforengineeringdesignoracquisitionofanyrightofwayor easements.Followingisaconstructioncostsummary.Amoredetailedbreakdownofthecostestimate foreachsegmentisattachedasanAppendix.

PhysicalImprovements10%ConceptDesignCostEstimatesSummary
Section 1stPlaceNE:RiggsRoadtoWMATAProperty WMATAProperty GallowayStreetNE:WMATAPropertytoSouthDakotaAvenue WayfindingSigns Total $760,000 $1,720,000 $440,000 $10,000

$2,930,000
Note: Thiscostestimateisaplanninglevelestimateonly. TheWMATAPropertySectioncouldincludeadditional$600kinoptionalplazaammenities (see'WMATAProperty'estimateformoredetails)

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2.0 10%ConceptualDesignDevelopment
2.1. AlternativesAnalysis

Multipleimprovementalternativesweredeveloped,analyzedandpresentedtothepublic.The alternativeswerequitesimilarwithinclusionofthegeneralcomponentsmentionedabove.Detailsof thedesignalternativesaswellaspubliccommentsonthealternativesareattachedasappendicesto thisreport.Followingdescribestheprimarydifferencesinthealternatives: Alternative1Onstreetparkingwasnotincludedon1stPlaceNEalongtheParkandRidelot. OnstreetparkingwasnotincludedalongthenorthsideofGallowayStreetNEwestofSouth DakotaAvenue.ThesidewalkalongthesouthsideofGallowayStreetNEdidnotincludea buffer. Alternative2OnstreetparkingwasnotincludedalongthenorthsideofGallowayStreetwest ofSouthDakotaAvenue.ThesidewalkalongthesouthsideofGallowayStreet,NEincludeda buffer. Alternative3Onstreetparkingwasincludedon1stPlaceNEalongtheParkandRidelot.On streetparkingwasincludedalongthenorthsideofGallowayStreetNEwestofSouthDakota Avenue.ThesidewalkalongthesouthsideofGallowayStreetNEdidnotincludeabuffer. Basedonthealternativeevaluationprocess,publiccommentandcoordinationwithstakeholders,the preferredalternativeultimatelydevelopedmostcloselymatchedAlternative3.Allalternativesincluded reconfiguringtheexistingKissandRideparkinglot,howevertheparkinglotlayout,entryandexitpoints weresignificantlydifferentintheultimatepreferredalternativebasedondetailedcoordinationwith WMATA. Thefollowingsectionsprovideadetaileddescriptionofthe10%designelementsassociatedwiththe preferredalternative.

2.2.

Horizontal,VerticalandEdgeGeometry

Theexistinghorizontalalignmentof1stPlace,NEandGallowayStreet,NEthroughtheprojectcorridor curvesfromanorthsouthalignmenttoaneastwestalignment,withstraightsegmentsintermingled withseveralcurves.AHorizontalDesignReportisattachedasanappendix.Modificationstothe existinghorizontalalignmentsareonlyproposedatthefollowinglocations:

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1stPlaceNEatRiggsRoadNEInordertoaccommodatevehicularmovementsatthe1stPlace, NEandRiggsRoadNEintersection,theexistingroadwaywidthwillbemaintainedon1stPlace NEuntilPCStation203+00.00,butwillbeshiftedslightlyeasttoaccommodatetheproposed multiusepathonthewestsideoftheroadway.Theimprovementswillnarrowtheroadway southofPCStation203+00.00,furtherincreasingthecurvatureofthehorizontalalignment. BusDrivewayEntranceatFortTottenMetroStationPlazaInordertoslowvehiculartraffic andprovideadditionalspacefortheproposedmultiusetrail,thesouthwestcornerofthebus drivewayentrancewillberealignedtocreateamoretraditionalTintersectionbetween1st PlaceNEandthebusdriveway,opposedtotheexistingflatterangledturn. Kiss&RideLotatFortTottenMetroStationPlazaInordertocreateadditionalpedestrian spaceattheFortTottenMetroStationentranceandreducepedestrianmotoristconflicts,the entrancetotheKissandRidelotwillbeclosedandallvehiculartrafficwillbereroutedtothe existinglotexit.Theimprovementwillalsoinvolverealigningthelotexittoaccommodatetwo waytraffic. Theexistingverticalalignmentof1stPlaceNEandGallowayStreetNEisgenerallyflat(0%to4%),but slopingdownfromahighpointatRiggsRoadNEandtothelowpointatSouthDakotaAvenueNE.No modificationstotheexistingverticalalignmentsareproposed.Detailedverticalalignmentdesignwillbe completedinalaterdesignphase.

2.3.

TypicalRoadwayCrossSections

TheexistingroadwaytypicalsectionsaredescribedinSectionIExistingConditions.Withtheconceptual design,typicalsectionchangesareproposedfor1stPlaceNEandGallowayStreetNE.Duetothe varyingnatureofthecorridor,sixbasictypicalsectionsareproposedasfollows.Thetypicalsectionsare alsopresentedintheConceptualDesignDrawingsintheAppendix: 1stPlaceNEatRiggsRoadNEProposedimprovementsforthefirst400feetof1stPlaceNE southofRiggsRoadNEincludemaintainingtheexisting12northboundandsouthbound throughlanes,whilewideningtheexisting10turnlaneto12.Theexistingthroughlaneswill alsobestripedandsignedtoincludesharedlanemarkings.Theproposedcurblineisshifted fromtheexistinglocationonbothsidesofthestreettoallowfortheadditionof6bufferto separatethesidewalkfromtheroadwayoneachsideandwideningthesidewalks.A6sidewalk willreplacetheexisting5sidewalkontheeastsideof1stPlaceNE,andtheexisting6sidewalk onthewestsidewillbewidenedtoa14. 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

1stPlaceNEWestoftheWMATAParkingLotEntranceProposedimprovementsinthenext sectionof1stPlaceNEinvolvebothnarrowingandrealigningtheroadwaytoprovideadditional pedestrianandbufferspace.Theexisting17northboundandsouthboundlaneswillbereduced to12andrealignedeastward.Theexistingthroughlaneswillalsobestripedandsignedto includesharedlanemarkings.Theexistingnonbuffered5sidewalkswillberelocatedtoeach includea6buffer,andwillbewidenedto14onthewestsideand6ontheeastside. 1stPlaceNEWestoftheFortTottenMetroStationEntranceandPlazaProposed improvementsinthissectionof1stPlaceNErequiresnarrowingtheroadwaybymovingthe westsidecurblineeastward,whichalsotightenstherightturnradiusforsouthboundbuses enteringthestationbusloop.Theexistingtwo11northboundandsouthboundthroughlanes willbereducedtoasingle12throughlaneineachdirectionwitha8parallelparkinglaneon theeastsideoftheroad.Themaintainedthroughlaneswillalsobestripedandsignedto includesharedlanemarkings.The10bufferontheeastsideof1stPlacewillbereducedto6 andtheexistingrailingwillberemovedtowidentheexisting5sidewalkto9,whilemaintain thecurblineintheadjacentWMATAparkinglot. GallowayStreetNEattheFortTottenMetroStationEntrancePlazaProposedimprovements includemaintainingthecurblineonthenorthsideofGallowayStreetNEandcreatingcurb extensionsonthesouthsidethatwillchannelizeandshortenpedestriancrossings.The12 throughlanesineachdirectionwillbemaintainedandthetaxiqueuelaneonthesouthsidewill bemaintainedasaloadingzoneforprivateshuttles.Curbedmedianwillreplacethecontinuous turnlane,withpocketsforleftturnmovementsatdesignatedlocations.Thethroughlaneswill alsobestripedandsignedwithsharedlanemarkings.Theexistingsidewalkonthesouthside willbewidenedwherecurbextensionsareinstalled. GallowayStreetNEEastoftheFortTottenMetroStationEntranceandPlazaProposed improvementswillmaintaintheexistingcurblineonbothsidesofGallowayStreetNE,withthe exceptionofrelocatingtheKissandRidelotentrancetotheeastendofthelot,andplacinga dropofflaneinplaceofthecurrententrance.Thesingle12throughlaneineachdirectionwill bemaintained.Theexistingthroughlaneswillalsobestripedandsignedtobesharedlanes. Theexistingsidewalksoneachsideoftheroadwillalsobemaintainedindimension,andwillbe improvedwithstreetscapeelementsandcrossingimprovements. GallowayStreetNEtoSouthDakotaAvenueNEProposedimprovementswillmaintainthe existingcurblineonbothsidesofGallowayStreetNE.Theexisting7parallelparkinglane,10 westboundthroughlane,andthe17eastboundthroughlanewillbereconfiguredtocreatean 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

8parkinglaneand13throughlanesinbothdirections.Thethroughlaneswillalsobestriped andsignedwithsharedlanemarkings.Thebufferandsidewalkwillbemaintainedonthenorth sideoftheroad.A10sidewalkwillbeinstalledonthesouthsideoftheroad,withtheinclusion ofaretainingwallrequiredtoconnectwiththeexistingslopesouthoftheroadandstaywithin DDOTrightofway.

2.4.

BicycleandPedestrianConsiderations

2.4.1. PedestrianDesireLinesandCrossingDistances
Severalpedestriandesirelineswereidentifiedthroughthestationareathatarenotdirectlyservedby markedcrossingsorsidewalkconnections.Aftercrossingthebusonlylane,pedestriansgoingtoorfrom thestationentrancehaveastrongtendencytobearnorthwestandnortheastfromthestationentrance directlytowardstheirdestinationsoneithersideofthetracks,ratherthanfollowthemarkedcrosswalk underthetracksbeforeproceedingwestoreast.Theproposedimprovementsprovidemarked crossingsoneachsideofthetracksfollowingtheseobservedpedestriandesirelines.Movingthe crossingsoutfromunderthetracksalsoimprovesvisibility. ThereisalsostrongevidenceofpedestriansdesiringtocrossGallowayStreetNEattheeastendofthe station,connectingtoneighborhoodstothenorth.Inaddition,numerouswornpathsareobserved connectingthesouthsideofGallowayStreetNEtotheneighborhoodsouthoftheprojectcorridor.The proposedimprovementsincludetheadditionofanewmarkedcrossingacrossGallowayStreetNEatthe eastendoftheFortTottenMetroStationarea.TheNationalParkServicehasindicatedthatitdoesnot intendtoimprovetheconnectionssouthofGallowayStreetatthistime.

2.4.2. BuffersandTrafficCalming
Theimprovementsfor1stPlaceNEincludethecreationofabufferspacebetweenthe pedestrian/bicyclezone(currentlyasidewalk;amultiusetrailisproposed)andtheroadway.Abuffer createsaphysicalseparationbetweenusersandimprovestheexperientialqualityofthecorridorfor pedestriansandbicyclists.Trafficcalmingmeasuressuchascurbextensionsatintersectionsslowtraffic andimprovetheexperienceofallusers.Theconsolidationofseveralwideorcontinuousdriveways alongthecorridorimprovestheaccessmanagementandreducestheconflictpointswithpedestrians.

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2.4.3.

SharedLaneMarkingsandFutureTrailConnections

Sharedlanemarkingsareincludedthroughtheentirecorridortofacilitateonstreetbicyclemovement. TheMetropolitanBranchTrailisamultiusetrailconnectingUnionStationinDCtoSilverSpring, Maryland.TheplannedroutegenerallyparallelsthetracksthroughthewestsideoftheFortTotten Metrostationarea.Correspondingly,thenewsectionofwidenedpathwayonthewestsideof1stPlace, NEisincludedtoaccommodatethefutureMetropolitanBranchTrailroutesubjecttothedraft EnvironmentalAssessment(EA). TheEastCoastGreenwayisenvisionedasanationaltrailconnectingFloridatoMaine.Theplanned routepassesthroughthestationareaalongGallowayStreet,connectingtotheMetropolitanBranch Trailimmediatelywestofthestation.Correspondingly,thenewsectionofwidepathwayonthesouth sideofGallowayStreetisincludedasasegmentofthefutureEastCoastGreenwayroute.Thedesignof thisnewpathwaysegmentincludesaretainingwallrequiredtoconnectwiththeexistingslopesouthof theroadandstaywithinDDOTrightofway.

2.4.4.

BicycleParking

WhilesomebikeparkingcurrentlyexistsdirectlyattheFortTottenMetroStationentrance,the potentialdemandforbikeparkingishigherthantheavailablespaces.Currently,approximately10U racks(withacapacityof20bikestotal)and3rentablebikelockers(withacapacityof6bikestotal) provideatotalof26spacesandtheonlybikeparkinginthearea.Severalbicycleswereobservedlocked torailingsandgatesinhighervisibilitylocationsadjacenttothestationentrance. WMATAiscurrentlystudyingprojectedbicycleparkingneedsthrough2030andevaluatinghigher securitybicycleparkingoptionstofulfillthataddedcapacity.Basedonthegrowthprojections,an estimated35additionalbikeparkingspaceswillbeneededattheFortTottenMetrorailstationby2020. By2030,anestimatedtotalof100bicycleparkingspaceswillbeneededatthestation. AccordingtotherecommendationsoftheMetrorailBicycle&PedestrianAccessStudy(October2010), thisadditionalbicycleparkingshouldbelocatedclosertothestationentrancesandcouldconsistof coveredinvertedUracks,ondemandrentallockers,additionalannualrentallockers,andadditional invertedUrackslocatedinasecureroomorcage.Severalareasremainopenimmediatelyadjacentto thestationentrancetoplacetheadditionalbicycleparking,including:betweenthebridgepiers(which wouldalsofunnelpedestrianstothemarkedcrosswalk),insidethestationgates,immediatelyeastand westofthestationentrance(atthesouthedgeofthesidewalk),andontheislandwestofthestation. 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

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2.5.

StreetscapeandLandscapeDesign

TheseriesofpublicmeetingsheldbetweenNovember2009andMarch2011informedthedevelopment ofastreetscapedesignfortheprojectcorridor.Keyprojectgoalswereidentifiedatthemeetingsand includecreatingacomfortableandinvitingpedestrianenvironment,particularlyinthepedestrianplaza attheFortTottenMetroStationentrance.Throughthepublicinputprocessandsubsequentdesign efforts,severalstreetscapeelementsareincludedintheproposeddesigntoaccomplishtheabovegoals, andinclude: Sufficientspaceforcomfortablepedestrianusealongtheirprimarydesirelines. Bufferspacebetweenthestreetandsidewalkon1stPlaceNE. Awidesidewalk(approximately10'wide)waspreferredalongthesouthsideofGallowayStreet, NE,ratherthanreducingthesidewalkwidthtoprovideasidewalkandbufferinthelimited rightofway.(AdditionalwidthwasalsodesiredasafuturesegmentoftheEastCoast Greenway) Streettreesbothalongtheroadwayandthroughoutthepedestrianplaza. UseofthedecorativepouredInplaceconcretewalksincombinationwithdecorativeunit paversintheplazaarea. Decorativepedestrianscalelighting(WashingtonGlobe). MedianconstructionundertheWMATAtraintracksbridgetoimprovepedestriancrossingsand channelizevehiculartraffic. Seatingareaswithbenchesandlandscapinginthepedestrianplaza;focusedadjacenttothekiss &rideparkinglotandbusbayareas. Improvedlandscapingatvariouslocationsalongthecorridor,includingstreettrees,arain gardenandtreecanopyareasinthepedestrianplaza.

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PublicArt

Atthesecondpublicmeeting,onMarch22nd,2010itwasindicatedthatanartpieceisneededforthe trafficcircleat3rdStreetNEandHamiltonStreetNE,locatedimmediatelynorthoftheFortTottenMetro StationKissandRidelot.Whilethisintersectionisoutsideoftheprojectlimits,recommendationsfor theplazaatthestationentranceincludetheuseofseveralpavingpatterns,andreservationofspacefor artpiecessuchassculptures.

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2.7.

Wayfinding

Theimprovementsincludeawayfindingsignschedule,whichfocusesondirectionalguidanceoriented tokeydestinationsincludingtheFortTottenMetroStationandamenitiesinthesurrounding neighborhoods,suchas:LamondRiggsLibrary,UniversityoftheDistrictofColumbia,Food&Friends, andKeeneCommunityCenter.ThesignsareofthetypicalDDOTbluewayfindingdesignandwillbe orientedtoallusers.Adetailedwayfindingsignageplanincludingsignlocationsandsuggested destinationscanbefoundintheConceptualDesignPlansintheAppendix.

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Lighting

Basedoncommentsfromtheaforementionedpublicmeetings,inputindicatedthatpedestrianlighting isinadequateintheprojectarea;particularlyundertherailroadbridgeintheplazaarea.Theproposed lightingdesignshownonthedesignplansattachedasanappendixwasdevelopedtoimprovethe streetscapeenvironmentandimprovevisibilityforpedestrians.Preliminarylightingspacingwas evaluatedforroadwayareas,walkwayareasandcrosswalkswithintheproject.WashingtonGlobe pedestrianlights,aDDOTstandardfixture,arerecommendedthroughtheprojectareatosupplement existingroadwaylightingfixtures.Someexistingroadwaylightingfixtureswillhavetoberelocatedto accommodateproposedgeometricimprovements.Detailedlightingdesignwillbecompletedinalater designphase.

2.9.

DrainageandErosion&SedimentControl

Proposedimprovementswillgenerallynotalterexistingdrainagepatterns.Drainagemodificationsare limitedtoeitheradjusting,orremovingandreplacingcurbinlets.Theimpervioussurfaceareawill slightlyincrease,particularlyinthepedestrianplazaarea,howevertheproposedraingardenwill infiltratesomeoftheadditionalrunoffandtheadditionalbufferspacethroughouttheprojectareacan beusedtoimproveoveralldrainageinfiltration.Erosionandsedimentcontrolwillprimarilyconsistof curbinletprotection,siltfenceandpossiblesedimenttrapsinthedisturbedareas.

2.10. UtilityImpacts
Theprojectsurveyincludedsomelimitedsubsurfaceutilityinformation.Otherutilityinformationwas gatheredfromexistingconstructionplans;howeverthecoverageoftheseplanswaslimited.Additional utilitiesmayexistwithintheprojectareathatarenotshownontheprojectsurvey. 1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

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Theconceptualdesignsassumethatsomeutilitieswillbeimpactedwitheachphaseofconstruction. Utilityimpactsbasedonexistingsurfaceutilityfeatureshavebeenquantifiedandcostsprovided, however,thiscostcouldvarysignificantlydependingonactualutilityconflictsandsubsurface conditions.Asfuturedesignprogresses,acomprehensivesubsurfaceutilitysurveyshouldbe conducted.UtilitystakeholdersforfuturephasesincludePEPCO,WashingtonGas,DCWaterandSewer Authority,Verizon,Comcastandpossiblyothers.

2.11. RightofWayandPropertyImpacts
TheprojectincludedapropertysurveyaswellasacompletemetesandboundssurveyoftheWMATA property.ThemetesandboundssurveywasconductedassumingDDOTwouldconstructimprovements onWMATApropertyandthatpropertywouldultimatelybetransferredtoDDOT.Basedonthecurrent surveyandpropertyinformation,alloftheproposedconceptualdesignworkwilltakeplaceeitheron WMATAproperty,withinDDOTRightofWay,orminimallyonNationalParkService(NPS)land. Threelocationsshouldbenotedforfuturedesignphaseswithdesignconsiderationsrelativetorightof wayandpropertyimpacts: ThedesignofthenewpathwaysegmentonthesouthsideofGallowayStreetincludesa retainingwallrequiredtoconnectwiththeexistingslopesouthoftheroadandstaywithin DDOTrightofway. Asmallwedgeofproposedwidenedsidewalklocatedadjacenttothebusloopentrancemay requireNationalParkServiceproperty. TherealignmentandconsolidationofdrivewaysandtheremovalofinformalparkingonDDOT rightofwayalong1stPlace,NEsouthofRiggsRoadwillrequirecoordinationwiththeadjacent propertyowners.

2.12. TrafficAnalysisandTrafficControl
Acomprehensivetrafficanalysiswasperformedasapartoftheprojectandisincludedasanappendix. Thetrafficanalysisoftheproposedgeometryandprojectedtrafficvolumesindicatedthefollowing findings: AllintersectionsareprojectedtoperformatalevelofserviceDorbetter NooperationalproblemswereobservedatanyoftheWMATAparkinglotintersections

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Consideringthepotentialfordivertedtraffic,andthatlimitedrightofwayprecludesthe additionofashorteastboundrightturnlaneattheintersectionofGallowayStreetandSouth DakotaAvenue,itisrecommendedtoimplementadedicatedrightturnoverlapphaseatthe RiggsRoad/SouthDakotaAvenueintersection.

2.13. ConstructionPhasingandMaintenanceofTraffic
Improvementsaregroupedintofourphases,determinedbypropertyboundariesandtherecommended improvements.1stPlaceNEreferstotheareafromtheprojectlimitatRiggsRoadNEtotheentrance fortheWMATAparkinglot.TheMetroPlazaareaisfromtheentrancetotheparkinglottojustwestof theGallowayStreet/4thStreetNEintersection.TheGallowayStreetNEsectionconsistsoftheareafrom 4thStreetNEtotheprojectlimitatSouthDakotaAvenueNE.Thefourthphaseistheinstallationofa wayfindingsignsystem.Thephasesarecorrespondtothecostestimatesforeachphaseincludedinthe Appendices.Thefollowingdescribesthephasesoftheprojectandconsidersmaintenanceoftraffic schemesduringeachphase. PhaseI(1stPlaceNE)Theworkassociatedwiththisintersectionrequiresmodificationstothe roadgeometrics,striping,aswellasthesidewalkandbufferzone.Itappearsthatconstruction wouldrequireclosureofonelaneatatimeon1stPlaceNEtofacilitatecurbmodifications. Bicycleandpedestriantrafficwouldbedetouredtoeithersideof1stPlaceNEduring construction,dependentuponcurbreconstruction. PhaseII(MetroPlaza)Theworkassociatedwiththisintersectionrequiresmodificationsto roadandsidewalk/trailgeometrics,striping,pedestrianplazaattheFortTottenMetroentrance, andWMATAKiss&Ridelot.Itappearsthatconstructionwouldrequireclosureofonelaneata timeon1stPlaceNE..Trail/sidewalkconstructioncouldbestagedsothatnarrowportionsof trailsorsidewalksareusableatalltimes. PhaseIII(GallowayStreetNE)Theworkassociatedwiththisintersectionrequires modificationstosidewalkgeometricsandimprovementsinthebufferzone.Itappearsthat constructionwillhavealimitedimpactonvehicularmovement,butwillrequiretheclosureof onelaneduringinstallationofconcretepadsintheroadwayatexistingbusstops.Bicycleand pedestriantrafficwouldbeabletoaccessthesidewalkonthenorthsideofGallowayStreetNE duringmostoftheconstruction,withpossibleclosureduringtheinstallationofconcretebus padsonthenorthsideofGallowayStreetNE.

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PhaseIV(WayfindingSigns)Theworkassociatedwiththisphaseinvolvestheinstallationof wayfindingsignsforpedestriansandbicyclists.Itappearsthatconstructionwillhavelimited impactofvehicular,pedestrian,andbicyclemovement. PhasesI,IIandIII,mayrequirebriefnighttimefullroadwayclosuresoronewayflaggingoperationsto accomplishconstructionactivitiesinparticularlyconstrainedlocations.Itisalsorecommendedthatall constructionactivitybeprecededbyanintensivepublicoutreachefforttoalertcitizenstotheupcoming workandpotentialinconvenience.

2.14. EnvironmentalCompliance
FuturedesignphasesshouldincludecoordinationwiththeNationalParkServiceandFHWAtoensure compliancewithNEPAand4(f)environmentalreviewrequirements,includingcoordinationwiththe MetropolitanBranchTrailFinalEnvironmentalAssessment.

1stPlaceandGallowaySt,NE TransportationAccessStudyandImprovementPlan

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