The District Department of Transportation hosted the first in a series of public meetings for the Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study on Thursday evening, February 21 at Payne Elementary School.
After a brief overview presentation about the study, facilitators led participants in small group discussions about potential plans for the area. Key issues covered included the reconfiguration of Barney Circle to accommodate both vehicular turning movements and pedestrian and bicyclists connectivity to the waterfront, redesign the Southeast Freeway into a boulevard, and possible opportunities to enhance public transit.
Among the 90 resident, business and community organization attendees were Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Brian Flahavan, Chairman of 6B, Sara Loveland, of 6B07, and Kirsten Oldenburg, of 6B04, representatives from the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, the Capitol Riverfront BID, the Barney Circle Neighborhood Watch, the 11th Street Bridge Project Community Communications Committee and several students from George Washington University.
The next public meeting for the public to review alternatives will be scheduled in Spring 2013.