Citizens Association of Georgetown: Aug. 9, 2017

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Georgetown residents hope the city will improve K and Water streets NW below the Whitehurst Freeway. (Brady Holt/The Current/June 2017)

Will Handsfield of the Georgetown Business Improvement District gave a presentation on the plans for modifications along Water Street/K Street adjacent to the Georgetown Waterfront Park at the June 20 board meeting of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. Goals include a contiguous bikeway between the Capital Crescent Trail and Water Street in order to make the area between 30th and 34th streets NW more attractive. Beyond 34th Street, there is Key Bridge repair, Pepco construction and eventual boathouse construction. The concept is to make the area safer, less congested and more friendly for bikers and pedestrians.

The 143 diagonal parking spaces between 30th and 34th streets would be converted to 99 parallel spaces; nearby parking garages can accommodate 1,800 cars. Tour buses would drop off and pick up passengers at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street, and then park along Whitehaven Street in the interim.

The D.C. Department of Transportation has funding available for these projects and is hoping to start work in the fall. Construction will be minimal, Handsfield said.

— Bob vom Eigen