Here’s the list of projects (PDF) that made it:
- Great Streets Initiative – Pennsylvania Avenue SE: Improve streetscape from 27th St. SE to Southern Ave. Strip and repave street and sidewalk. Add ramps at corners and replace curbs and gutters. Upgrade signage, lighting, and signals. Plant trees and improve landscape. $25.0M-$35.0M ($20.0M ARRA funding)
- Improve Western Avenue: From Chestnut St. to Oregon Ave. Reconstruction of road and sidewalks, including gutters, curbs, new drainage systems, and signage. $2.05M-$3.05M ($2.05M ARRA funding)
- Rehabilitate 17th Street NW: Resurface 17th street from New Hampshire Ave. to Massachusetts Ave. Improve pedestrian spaces. $8.20M \
- Downtown DC BID Streetscape Improvements: Upgrade 25 block faces downtown to meet the District’s regulations (PDF). $7.70M
- Rehabilitate 18th Street NW: Improve and repair 18th St. from Florida Ave. to Massachussetts Ave. Resurface sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and roadway. Replace water main and upgrade lights and signals. Plant trees and improve landscaping. $6.95M-$8.95M ($6.95M ARRA funds)
- Rehabilitate Sherman Avenue NW: Restore the roadway and add streetscape implements such as new curbs, gutters, landscaping, and lighting. $4.80M
- Uninterruptible Power Supplies for Critical Intersections: Start a pilot program to add UPS systems to ensure continuity of service for 8 hours in case of loss of power. $1.10M
- Sidewalk Improvements on Federal Aid Routes: Improving pedestrian areas along specifically eligible streets. $3.90M
Somewhat disappointingly, all but one of these projects is in NW Washington, in very wealthy neighborhoods. That’s not to say these sites don’t need work, but I’m kind of surprised Fenty didn’t look to gain some political capital by building in very dilapidated streets. In the final wishlist, there were some pretty important projects.
- Safe Routes to School: “Improvements include installation or repair of traffic or pedestrian signals, signage, crosswalks, sidewalks and other enhancements to allow safe access.” – This seems like an interesting project, one that would spread out work among neighborhoods.
- New York Avenue Bridge, NE – I’m kind of surprised this got rejected: that bridge is in bad shape.
- SmartBike Expansion – I understand this; it’s still “experimental” and DC still plans to expand it anyway.
Plus, there’s still another $63 million to be allocated to DC from the FHWA program alone, so we’ll have to see what happens with the rest. These are promising; no other state has dedicated so much of their funding to things other than cars.