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Monroe Avenue Complete Streets
Construction along Monroe Avenue will likely begin in April 2015, weather pending. Concrete work, which includes curb and gutter work as well as construction of curb extensions, will occur this spring. The street will be repaved later this summer, and other elements of the project, including the bicycle facilities, will be installed in conjunction with street resurfacing.
The City has received a number of requests from residents and civic associations for traffic calming and bicycle facilities on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray. To accommodate these requests, the City is seeking input on a plan to make Monroe Avenue a Complete Street. An original proposal was presented at the Del Ray Citizen's Association Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Committee on September 16, 2013 to solicit feedback from the community. At that meeting, the City received additional requests for an expanded scope. The City then collected additional data and agreed with the community to expand the project limits to include the entire Monroe Avenue Corridor.
A meeting was held on May 20, 2014 to solicit more feedback from the community regarding the project and potential Complete Street redesign for Monroe Avenue. The general feedback from the meeting included comments and suggestions regarding street markings, pedestrian safety improvements at intersections, bicycle facilities and signal improvements. The City hosted a second public meeting on September 4, 2014 to gather community input on proposed recommendations for Monroe Avenue. A full list of the comments from the May 20th meeting can be viewed here. The proposals attempt to address as many of the comments as possible. On November 12, 2014 the Del Ray Citizen's Association voted in favor of Option 2 for the Monroe Avenue Complete Streets project. All of the pedestrian improvements were included, and Option 2 provides bicycle lanes on Monroe Avenue between Mount Vernon Avenue and Leslie Avenue but maintains parking in front of Simpson Park.
The Del Ray Citizens' Association approved plan was presented to the City's Traffic and Parking Board for final approval this on February 23, 2015. The Board unanimously approved the project. Construction is planned for the spring/summer of 2015 with the resurfacing of Monroe Avenue to take place later in the summer.