We have received some questions about possible changes to T street NE. I wanted to share what we know so far and how you can weigh in on proposed changes.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and ANC 5E (which includes Eckington) are proposing to convert T street NE to one-way eastbound between Lincoln Road NE and 2nd Street NE. Currently T street NE between Lincoln Rd. and Summit Place is one-way eastbound during certain hours on weekdays. You can read DDOT’s analysis here.
The proposal is supposed to address concerns about congestion on T street, especially at school pickup and drop-off times. Conditions have been so poor that there was a violent altercation between two individuals last fall, which is obviously something we want to avoid outside of a school. The current proposal would make T street one-way full time and extend the one-way portion of T street all the way to 2nd street. DDOT’s analysis states that the change will result in increased traffic on R street NE. It will undoubtedly also make it harder for residents of NE Eckington to drive or bike westbound on local roads.
Because this proposal will undoubtedly affect many of you, I have invited DDOT to present their plans to the community at an upcoming meeting (either at our regularly scheduled April 6 meeting or at another time). I would love for impacted residents of R Street NE, T Street NE, and northeast Eckington to have an opportunity to weigh in before a plan is finalized.
Some of you will have seen that ANC 5E has a resolution supporting this proposal on its agenda for their meeting next Tuesday, March 17. In an ideal world, the Eckington Civic Association would help gather input from all of you before the ANC takes action. If you would like to express views regarding the merits of the T street proposal or would like to ask the ANC to hold off on this item until community input has been gathered, please contact Commissioner Pinkney at 5E04@anc.dc.gov and Commissioner Segmen at 5E03@anc.dc.gov.
Eckington Civic Association