KCI conducted a livability study for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Livability is a term that refers to community quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work and recreate there. This comprehensive study supported DDOT’s desire to create more “livable” spaces for residents but also U.S. DOT’s Livability Initiative, which includes goals to provide more transportation choices, more sustainable alternatives, safer streets and improve quality of life for citizens. The study area encompassed twelve distinct neighborhoods in the Far Southeast section of the District of Columbia. Initial tasks included taking a ‘big picture’ look at the street network. The next steps included: identifying concrete actions to ensure safe passages for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, and the elderly; prioritizing sustainable living in DC communities; and fostering prosperous places by building and operating streets as unique urban places that support retail and employment districts. Tasks performed by KCI included:
Public Involvement. Public and stakeholder meetings were designed to allow participants to get familiar with the project, gather community input on what and where the deficiencies are, and discuss possible solutions. Recognizing that public involvement could be a challenge, our team implemented an “on the ground” outreach effort that included several meetings with small neighborhood groups.
Extensive Data Collection and Analyses. KCI collected accident data for a three year period and peak period intersection traffic and pedestrian counts at local intersections and midblock crossings for preparation of an Intersection Traffic Analysis at key intersections study. Our team used field observations, and engineering judgment, in combination with current standards and practices, to analyze speeding, poor intersection sight distance, bus stop locations, pedestrian circulation, widely spaced crosswalks, and inappropriate turning radii at candidate locations. Information was incorporated in an Existing Conditions Report. Engineers identified distinct measures to effectively evaluate proposed improvements based on results from before and after studies.
Recommended Improvements. KCI followed a systematic approach to identify recommended short-term, mid-range and capital improvements. Our team prepared standard drawings, concept designs and cost estimates for “off the shelf” designs like speed humps, standard signing, crosswalks, creative pavement markings, as well as low cost, effective curbs.