The Georgia Avenue Dedicated Bus Lanes project is part of the moveDC plan, which established a 25-year vision for the District's transportation system. The moveDC plan's goal is to make the city more liveable, sustainable, prosperous, and attractive with a world-class transportation system. In October 2014 DDOT announced a two-year action plan that identified 36 specific actions to begin the moveDC implementation process. Bus priority improvement is one of the 36 implementation actions, and Georgia Avenue from Florida Avenue to Barry Place is identified as a key corridor for bus transit.
The dedicated bus lane concept for Georgia Avenue was developed through a detailed study of strategic transportation improvements to improve multimodal mobility along the Georgia Avenua corridor, while enhancing the public realm with a consistent and attractive streetscape. The study was commissioned by DDOT and was released in December 2007.
The scope of construction work includes the following:
- Remove and dispose existing roadway pavement, curb and gutter, and sidewalks.
- Resurface pavement with two inches of Superpave AC asphalt on Georgia Avenue from Florida Avenue to Barry Place.
- Replace all curbs and gutters with seven inch reveal granite curbs and 12-inch brick gutter, concrete sidewalk, wheelchair/bicycle ramps, and medians. All curb cuts and ramps will be ADA compliant.
- Install concrete bus pads at all WMATA bus stop locations.
- Replace driveway entrances existing alley entrances.
- Remove and replace existing traffic signals and light poles. Traffic signals will be upgraded and relocated.
- Install new signage and pavement markings.
- Upgrade existing storm drainage inlets and storm drains.
- Install additional landscape and streetscape items, including trees, grass, and trash/recycling receptacles
Dedicated bus lanes will be constructed along Georgia Avenue NW from Florida Avenue to Barry Place.
Construction will start in July 2015. The project is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.