Re-design & Improve Twining Square (Pennsylvania & Minnesota Avenues S.E. Intersection)
Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues Intersection Improvement Project
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proposing improvements to the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. Prior to moving the project through final design and construction, an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed action and its potential effects is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), the FHWA's Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (23 CFR 771); and NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making. This public scoping is part of this process. Additionally, this project will also include the assessment of historic resources in accordance with the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). FHWA and NPS are co-lead federal agencies for the project.
This project is part of the revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue SE from the foot of the Sousa Bridge to Southern Avenue SE, which is one of the corridors identified for improvement in the District of Columbia's Great Streets Initiative. Based on the program goals, the Great Streets Framework Plan, and input from the community, the following three conceptual designs were developed in the Great Streets Concept Design Report for reconfiguration of this intersection:
• Circle within the Square with Pennsylvania Avenue Bisecting (Ellipse);
• Conventional Intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue (Conventional); and
• Square with Pennsylvania Avenue Bisecting (Modified Square)
As a follow-up to the Great Streets planning process, an additional concept design (Revised Traffic Square) was developed to avoid the taking of private property.
At this early, scoping stage of the EA, our efforts are focused on identifying important environmental, historical, and cultural constraints and other concerns relevant to the EA and Section 106 process. We would appreciate your input on the concept designs. Your assistance in identifying any environmental or cultural resources within the project area, as well as any comments and suggestions you may have regarding important factors that should be considered in the assessment, including the purpose and need would be appreciated. Your input which will allow us to comprehensively address all potential impacts as the process moves forward.
Please submit your comments to the addresses below by October 15, 2012:
Austina Casey, Project Manager
Penn/Minn Avenues Improvement Project
District Department of Transportation
55 M Street SE, Suite 500,
Washington, DC 20003