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Costs Too Much?

Klingle Road is a federal aid road:  Klingle is a federal aid road and eligible for 80-100% funding with federal transportation dollars.  DC's cost to repair Klingle Road will be very modest, if it costs DC anything at all.  DDOT Director, Dan Tangherlini, said in a meeting with Ward 1, 3 and 4 residents that he could not only get 80% funding, but 100%. Also, DDOT budget is full of federally funded roads that receive 80-100% funding all the time.

Fixing Klingle Road is not out of line with current cost levels for road repair.  Take away all of the storm sewer and other non-road work that needs to be done in Klingle valley no matter what, and fixing Klingle Road will cost about same mile-per-mile as fixing Broad Branch, for example.

The 1991 estimates for fixing the road were also about $5M, but the winning bid was awarded to a D.C. construction company, who said that they could fix if for about $3.4M.

Five million dollars may sound like a lot of money, but it represents only about 1/2 of 1% of DDOT's projected operating budget.

The money for repairing the road would go to a local construction company, one of the many economic benefits of repairing Klingle Road.

The intersection at Porter and Connecticut has a failed Level of Service (LOS), with unacceptable rush-hour wait times of several minutes per vehicle.  This is the busiest intersection in Cleveland Park, and the problem impacts tens of thousands of us every day, including commuters, bus riders, and emergency service vehicles.  Opening Klingle Road is the only viable way to address this problem.  The economic and social costs of lost time, wasted gasoline, and excess pollution far exceed the cost of repairing Klingle Road.  These wasted costs will only increase over time.

Idling cars generate more air pollution than moving cars.  Closing Klingle causes idling cars to generate tons of extra toxics every year.  The extra carbon monoxide (CO) output is estimated to be the equivalent of locating a small power generating station in Cleveland Park.   What are the public health costs over time of all those extra toxic emissions?

Closing Klingle Road will only make the Porter and Connecticut traffic problem solution that much more difficult and expensive, so there are no cost savings in closing Klingle Road.  The Porter and Connecticut intersection problems will still exist, and the solution will be much harder to attain.

On a per user basis, spending the money on repairing our road will benefit citizens far more than building a short, steep bicycle path.

Klingle Road will be built anyway, but under the Mayor's plan we won't be able to use it.  What is the sense of using public funds to build a road on which no one is allowed to drive?

Capital Improvements Plan: Highway Trust Fund
FY 2003 - FY 2008
Front (Cover, Award, Organization, Table of Contents)
Project Description Forms - Klingle Road Environmental/Traffic Studies

page 330

Planned Expenditures - Klingle Road Bicycle Facility

page 20

$260,000.00 1991 DC DPW Plans of Proposed Reconstruction of Klingle Road NW  

The scope of work includes the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates to upgrade sidewalks, streetlights and tree plantings to BID (streetscape) standards. Roadways and alley-drive entrances will be repaired or replaced. Drainage improvements will be made, and wheelchair ramps will be constructed to current ADAAG standards where required. Locations for streetscape improvements to the Central Business District (Downtown BID Zone) includes: 
E St., N.W., 5th St. to 13th St
  F St., N.W., 5th St. to 6th St. and 9th St. to 15th St.
  G St., N.W., 5th St. to 6th St and 10th St. to 15th St.
  13th St., N.W., Pennsylvania Ave. to H St.
  11th St., N.W., E St. to F St.
  10th St., N.W., F St. to G St.
  9th St., N.W., E St. to F St.


 The Department will embark on neighborhood commercial streetscape improvements on the Federal-aid Highway System. The neighborhoods will be determined through coordination with the D. C. Office of Planning. Proposed locations include:14th Street, N.W.
 Georgia Avenue
 New York Avenue
 Anacostia (martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, S.E.)
 Takoma (Piney Branch Road, Blair Road and Carroll Street)


The Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets, N.W. The scope of work includes sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and streetlights, repairing tree boxes, replace litter boxes and other streetscape improvements at the three proposed government centers. Improved traffic channelization, signage, new traffic control signals and other traffic and streetscape improvements.


The scope of work includes planning, designing and constructing new streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, litter boxes and street trees in support of a new housing development in Southeast Washington.


This project will improve the streetscape on local streets in the Marshall Heights community. Work also includes improving sidewalks, curbs, gutters, street trees, street lights, traffic control signals and litter boxes.


The planned improvements include sidewalk and median reconstruction, new pedestrian lighting and street furniture, tree planting and landscaping for the entire eleven block area. Also included are concentrations of improvements for special places such as the Metro station at New Jersey Avenue and entrance to the Navy Yard at 8th and 9th Street.

Repaint Chain Bridge over Potomac River

Repainting E. Capitol St Bridge over Anacostia River.


Repainting 10th St Mall Over SW Freeway & D Street


This project is in response to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Public Law 105-178 and TEA-21Restoration Act (Title IX of H.R. 2676). Under the law, the District is allowed to use $97.8 million out of the full $173 million for Local Street improvements and the remaining $75.2 million for National Highway System activities. The project matching requirements will be 15% local and 85% federal. The $173 million may require as much as $31 million in matching funds. Use of the $173 million is restricted to the 4 year under contract or construction clause in the law.

Priority projects using the $98 million will focus on system preservation and rehabilitation. Projects will include neighborhood/local street resurfacing contracts, local street upgrading and reconstruction, historic alley rehabilitation, dead tree removal and replacement, street signs, pavement markings, lighting, and bridge painting. The remaining $75 million will be transferred to the Districts National Highway System (NHS) program. The bulk of the funds are earmarked for the D.C. NHS Asset Preservation Demonstration Project. The remaining funds will be used for capital needs on the NHS or the funds will be transferred to the Surface Transportation Program. A performance-based asset management demonstration pilot project will encompass approximately 80 miles on the Districts National Highway System- Interstate, freeways and principal arterials. This project will privatize NHS maintenance and daily operations, routine bridge and highway maintenance, landscaping/cleaning, incident management, lighting, signs, pavement markings and signal repairs, bridge painting and snow removal.



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