About Klingle Road
short section of Klingle Road
remains in disrepair (approx. 0.45 miles between Woodley Avenue and
Porter Street). In 1991,
until the City got the money to fix the small portion of the road that
had washed out during a storm, motor vehicle traffic was temporarily
restricted from the affected section.
While most of the restricted section continues to have a usable road
surface, portions have become increasingly impassible to motor vehicle
traffic due to drainage problems and continued neglect.
a result of the past ten years of neglect and the fact that no houses
are located along the restricted section, the area of Klingle Valley
along Klingle Road has succumbed to urban blight.
The Valley is no longer safe at night; instead, it now exhibits
illegal dumping, drug use, and gang activity.
The road suffered during the previous D.C. administration.
Well-heeled residents of the upper Klingle Road area took advantage of a
corrupt, decrepit, and bankrupt D.C. government to gain the private
confidence of Gary Burch, former chief engineer of the City, for their
own personal benefit. As a result, the D.C. Department of Public
Works improperly neglected to maintain our public thoroughfare.
Interestingly, Mr. Burch soon after took instruction from
Professor Katzman in his Georgetown University government class.
McGrory, M Washington Post, May 23, 1995.
Klingle Road previously carried some 3,200 vehicles per day (that's
over 1.1M cars a year) through Klingle Valley. Now, this section
of Klingle Road daily serves only a few dozen people, mostly local
citizens living in million dollar homes near the intersection of Klingle
and Woodley who enjoy walking their dogs on our public roadway, built
with your tax dollars. Mr. Russert and his crew have successfully
reduced traffic through their neighborhood for ten years by their
self-serving hamstringing of our public works facilities.
Klingle Road is a historic landmark, predates the Civil Ward, and may
qualify for National Historic status. The road was an original
resource to the historic Pierce Mill.
The Klingle Valley tributary is barely more than a seasonal stream.
The restricted section of Klingle Road has never been officially closed
per se -- only the Mayor can close District streets after a
legislative process that requires a detailed proposal from the Mayor to
the Council, a public hearing, input from various public agencies and
the ANC's, and a determination by the D.C. Council that the road is
"unnecessary." (D.C. Code Title 7: Chap. 1, 7-101; Chap. 4, 7-421 et
seq.) The determination may be subject to judicial review.
The roads approaching the traffic-restricted section of Klingle, up from
Porter Street and down from Woodley Avenue,
recently have been repaired and the surface significantly upgraded,
including the extensive cloverleaf that has developed over the years at
Porter -- an unnecessary expense ($5M) if the restricted section is to
be permanently closed.
DPW has spent years conducting an unnecessary and wasteful environmental
assessment study of the road, the repair of which qualifies for Federal
funding. Recent major repairs to Tilden, Porter Street, and Park
Road, which also qualify for Federal funding, were approved and
conducted without such a study, as are all road repairs in the City.
Klingle Road has been shunted into this unique
boondoggle by the backroom dealings of the influential people who live
near the road in Woodley Park and want to see Klingle Road remain closed
to protect their property values.
Klingle Road joins neighborhoods. Klingle Road begins at Park Road
in the Ward 1 neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant, proceeds West across Rock
Creek (running briefly with and then under Porter Street) and continues
West along the valley of the Klingle Tributary, across Woodley Road to
34th Street NW in Ward 3. The entire street is approximately 1.25
miles in length.
Klingle Road addresses begin in Mt. Pleasant at the 2000 block (at Park
Road) and continue through the 3300 block (to 34th Street) in Woodley