Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No more going west on Park Road past 14th!


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Kind of a weird thing uncovered on the Columbia Heights listserve: if you're heading west on Park Road, at 14th Street you won't be able to continue straight, you're forced to make a right turn. There are concrete islands there blocking it. The idea is to alleviate traffic, and people who want to go west will have to take Kenyon, which then feeds into Park. If it alleviates traffic, great, but it's kind of odd, since if you're heading from somewhere northeast to say Mt. Pleasant, you'll have to move down a bit.

Your thoughts? Annoyance, or just get used to it since it relieves (hopefully) traffic. Here's the map showing the old alignment.

12 comments:

HomeImprovementNinja said...

Yeah, I noticed that also. It's a bit counterintuitive that you can't take Park Road to get to Park Road, but as was said, you can pretty easilly overcome that (without a u-Turn on 14th street) if you take Kenyon. It works pretty well, but I still haven't tried it during rush hour.

Jon said...

I think we should ban all vehicles but bicycles and buses on 14th between Columbia and Park.

Justin said...

I think the whistles should be banned.. they are pointless, loud and obnoxious

Jamie said...

If you look at a map you don't actually go straight from Park Road to Park Road, it's almost a 90 degree turn where Park Road crosses 14th Street. Kenyon keeps going straight into Park west of 14th. This actually makes sense.


Also Park Rd. only exists for a few blocks east of 14th, Kenyon on the other hand goes all the way to the hospital center.

So even though it seems like it doesn't make sense, from a crosstown travel perspective, it does. You wouldn't ever really be taking Park across town from east of 14th (unless it was just those couple blocks, as it ends at NH Ave).

Anonymous said...

I don't think they have any clue what they are doing. Aren't they also essentially eliminating two lanes of a major north south rush hour route along 14th street. Sounds like they are creating traffic to me. Not alleviating it.

Weird Odd Strange said...

I propose that the words "Weird" "Odd" and "Strange" be banned from this blog- you need to mix things up Andrew! I know Columbia Heights is a bizarre place and curious, out of the ordinary things happen all the time, but there are plenty of other ways to say that something is peculiar or unusual. Let your blogging freak flag fly man!

Andrew said...

Haha, you're right. I used to say "folks" all the time too, until someone pointed out that I used it three times in one post. Thanks for the feedback.

Anonymous said...

Park Road does NOT go all the way through to Wisconsin!

Anonymous said...

What a stupid design. I wonder if anyone will notify the GPS systems, b/c I can imagine some tourist squashing a pedestrian here.

Anonymous said...

Jamie is right -- Kenyon was always designed as the cross-town expressway, while east of 14th, Park becomes a narrow and congested local road. It makes sense if you just look at how Kenyon connects with Park.

Ps - I think we should ban Jon from 14th between Columbia and Park.

Jon said...

I don't think banning me from that stretch of road will really alleviate traffic, but you're welcome to take it up with Councilmember Graham.

Anonymous said...

Park Rd. dead ends at Park Pl. by the Soldiers Home grounds going east. It turns into Tilden St. west of Rock Creek going west.