Director Dan Tangherlini and At-Large Councilmember
"Candidate" Phil Mendelson Defy and Ignore Council Legislation
Department of Transportation (DDOT) Acting Director Dan Tangherlini,
with help from At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson, ignored and defied
the DC Council by planning and earmarking $1.915M in the FY 2003-2008 DC
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) budget for a Klingle Road
The "Klingle Road Council
Review Act of 2002" states:
other provision of law, no capital program of federal
highway aid projects, federal-aid highway contract, or funds from any
may be expended for
Klingle Road, N.W.
, for any purpose except to facilitate
the movement of motor vehicle
traffic until a resolution has been
transmitted to, and approved by the Council authorizing the proposed use.
This section shall not preclude critically needed remediation work
including, but not limited to, repair to storm sewer system and
against further erosion of the roadbed."
the Budget Support Act hearing in May 2002, Mendelson
attempted to strike the language, (above), from the Fiscal Year 2003
Budget Support Act. Mendelson's proposal was defeated by a 10-3
IS WHAT WE FOUND:
The FY 2003 Transportation Improvement Program includes a $1.915M line
item for a Klingle Road Bicycle Project which was added at DDOT's
request and was voted on and approved by the regional Transportation
Planning Board on
July 31, 2002
. At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson is the Chair
of the Transportation Planning Board.
Why are DDOT and Mr.
Mendelson moving forward against the Council?
The Transportation Improvement
Program budget for a Klingle Road Bicycle Facility language can be
found at http://www.repairklingleroad.org/TIP-FY2003-2008tip.pdf
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
CAPITAL COSTS (in $1,000) FY 2003 2008, dated
June 28, 2002
Bicycle Facility $1.915M
Jurisdiction: District of
Description: The department plans to conduct an environmental impact
study to examine environmental, social and cultural impacts of
Klingle Road, N.W.
as a bicycle pedestrian facility.
scope of work will include preparation of preliminary design plans, and
detailed plans and specifications of the final approved
bicycle/pedestrian facility. This project is consistent with the Mayor's
initiative to protect neighborhoods and protect the environment.
YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY AND HAVE THE FUNDS
REPAIR KLINGLE ROAD
WRITE the MAYOR: email@example.com,
the COUNCIL: firstname.lastname@example.org,
especially At-Large Candidate
Phil Mendelson email@example.com
SEND A LETTER ALREADY WRITTEN:
Go to http://www.repairklingleroad.org/register.htm
or SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY in time for Mr.
Tangherlinis nomination hearing as Director, District Department of
Transportation (DDOT), to be held on
, and vote no
confidence in his involvement in all matters pertaining to
Adrienne Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO FIND OUT:
Since DDOT must have been aware of the requirements
under the Budget Support Act, why are funds earmarked for a possible
bicycle facility rather than funds earmarked for road repair?
Why do DDOT and the Transportation Planning Board
propose to spend precious funds on yet another study--$2M for an
environmental impact study of possibly building a mile long bicycle
path? An environmental impact study is not needed to repair the road.
Why the only funding listed in past TIPs is for a Klingle Road
feasibility study and now for a
bicycle facility. In what budget document can
the funds for the repair of
4. Why did At-Large Councilmember and Candidate for
Re-election Mendelson go behind the Councils back and then make us
believe that repairing Klingle Road will cost too much and that other
projects wont get funded--when in fact, what he has proposed here
will cost more than simply repairing Klingle Road?
It appears now that a bicycle path would cost more, than the repair of
Klingle Road. Where are the Districts cost-benefit analysis and an analysis of
the impacts of closing our public road that would favor expenditure of
public funds for the construction of a bicycle path in its place?
6. What data did DDOT use to support the insertion of
this funding into the budget, i.e., bicycle datahow many bicyclists a
day would use the bike path, versus the already known at least 3,200
motorists who would use it every day?
What the purpose of this "bicycle facility as it
relates to the protection of neighborhoods and the environment as
stated in the description of this project? What neighborhood is
being protected, and from what are they being protected?
8. What methods would you use and which areas of the city
would be selected to measure the positive and negative social and
cultural impacts of this action?
9. It seems that none of the $1.915M in the TIP document
is for the repair of the
Klingle Roads storm-sewer system drains. Can that be correct?
DDOT want us to believe that by repair of this mile stretch of road,
funding for projects such as the reconstruction of
New Hampshire Avenue, NE
over the railroad;
Nebraska Avenue, NW
to Military; and
Florida Avenue, NW
North Capitol Street
will go unfunded? This misinformation was found in a Klingle Road
Fact Sheet distributed at recent candidates forums.
We found these projects already earmarked in the 2003-2008 TIP!
Adding a Klingle
Road Bicycle Facility project to the city budget goes against the
majority of the residents of this city who want this road repaired. The
Mayor and Council already have hard data on that fact, evidenced by
the overwhelming public support DC citizens have shown, through
their ANCs, neighborhood organizations, public forums, and in emails, to
keep Klingle open.
There is no hard
data on the need for a bicycle path, nor is there a majority in this
city who want to close the road.
The people who live
here want the road open.