Neighborhood commissioners and community members returned from the summer hiatus to participate in the September Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A meeting on Tuesday evening. The main focus of the meeting was on various traffic-related issues that affect the area. Sayra Molina, a program analyst with the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT), was present to answer questions.

16th Street Circle Redesign Finally Complete

After 20+ years of advocacy by residents on both sides of the DC & Montgomery County border, the reconfigured 16th Circle is finally operational. Once derisively known as the “Circle of Death” due to the number of automobile accidents there, city officials hope that the changes will provide a safer corridor for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Fixes for the intersection included realigning crosswalks, expanding the sidewalk, and adding new traffic signals and land markings.

Although the engineering of the circle is much improved, it will still be some time before any of the neighbors will be ready to say the job is complete. Ms. Molina mentioned that DDOT will be evaluating the timing of the new signals and monitoring the operation of the intersection for the near future. Additionally, Commissioner Phyllis Green (4A01) asked if more signage could be installed to educate drivers about the change in the traffic pattern. I witnessed this problem firsthand yesterday while taking this photo:A van driving south on Colesville Road nearly sailed through the newly installed traffic signal that now controls that approach. That could have been ugly.

Other traffic issues that were discussed included the new “slow streets” barricades on Van Buren Street NW that are designed to reduce vehicle traffic speeds to 15 mph, the process for installing speed bumps on Tewkesbury Place NW, and traffic mitigation requests in Crestwood and near the Lowell School.

Reports

Mayor’s Office of Community Relations – Gabrielle Priest

Ms. Priest delivered several key pieces of information. With schools back in session and the massive remote learning operation beginning, there are bound to be areas that fall through the cracks. If your family experiences major issues with remote learning, you can reach out to the Hotline for School issues at 202-442-5885 or visit BackToSchool.dc.gov.

The Mayor’s Maternal and Infant Health Summit is a virtual event designed to assist for elected officials, health officials, and DC residents to explore strategies to improve perinatal health and address racial disparities in birth outcomes. It will take place on September 14 – 16. A free CME and CEU course, “Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants” will be available. To register, please visit the Summit’s Eventbrite page.DC FacesMayor Bowser charged the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group with evaluating named DC Government-owned facilities and make recommendations as to what, if any, actions need to be taken if the person the facility is named for is inconsistent with DC values and in some way encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism. The group delivered its report on Monday and you can read it in its entirety here. Some of the facilities that are under consideration for renaming are Woodrow Wilson High School, Upshur Playground, and West Education Campus. The mayor will take these recommendations and decide how to proceed.

Councilmember Todd’s Office – Sherryl Newman

The DC Council is currently on recess, so Ms. Newman mainly shared the current status of the FY2021 City Budget. The budget has been signed by the Mayor and it is on its way to Congress for approval. It will go into effect on October 1st.

Ward 4 State Board of Education – Frazier O’Leary

Mr. Leary has been busy contacting principals and families as everyone adjusts to the new reality of remote learning. He said that “(Tuesday) was better than (Monday)”. Technology remains the biggest ongoing problem. There are a lot of families who don’t have access to technology or don’t know how to use it.

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights, and Crestwood. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”These are the members of ANC 4A:

Single Member DistrictCommissionerNeighborhoodEmail
4A01Phyllis Caudle GreenColonial Village4A01@anc.dc.gov
4A02Stacey LincolnShepherd Park4A02@anc.dc.gov
4A03Stephen A. WhatleyShepherd Park/Walter Reed/Brightwood4A03@anc.dc.gov
4A04Patience SingletonBrightwood4A04@anc.dc.gov
4A05VacantBrightwood 
4A06Candace Tiana NelsonBrightwood/16th Street Heights4A06@anc.dc.gov
4A07Marlene MossBrightwood/16th Street Heights4A07@anc.dc.gov
4A08Gale B. BlackCrestwood4A08@anc

Find your ANC here.

Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services Ward 4 Liaisons

Gabrielle Priest – gabrielle.priest2@dc.gov | (202) 603-7182KeShawn Harris – keshawn.harris@dc.gov | (202) 724-7672

Councilmember Brandon Todd Office

btodd@dccouncil.us | (202)724-8052