Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape Project
Welcome to the future Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape! Here you can learn about the progress of the project and keep up to date on future public meetings. To view the approved Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape concept design, click on the above image or download here.
Streetscape and landscape details, such as the position of sidewalk relative to the curb or the provision for street parking, are flexible and will be defined in upcoming public meetings. The concept design is posted in large format for public view during business hours at the Takoma Park Community Center (3rd Floor), 7500 Maple Avenue.
Stay tuned for updates and future public meetings!
September 18, 2012
The concept design for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape was endorsed by Takoma Park City Council Resolution.
July 23, 2012
City staff presented their recommendation for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape concept design to City Council. The concept involves: removing the islands on the NW and SE corner; removing the eastbound auxiliary lane; adding a sidewalk on the north side of East West Highway; and, providing a marked crosswalk at Red Top Road (contingent on a pedestrian study in September). Council requested supplemental traffic analysis to be conducted for a 'modified' Alternative 3 with only one westbound through lane on East-West Highway across New Hampshire Avenue..
June 14, 2012
A Public Open House was held Thursday, June 14 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Three (3) Design Alternatives developed for the new Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape were on display, incorporating pedestrian safety enhancements, bicycle lanes, street trees, and stormwater infiltration facilities. Residents and business owners shared their thoughts, preferences, and questions with the project team. Photos from the meeting are posted on the New Ave Facebook.
January 18, 2012
The first meeting for the project was held Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium and attended by over two dozen residents and business owners. Following an introductory presentation of the project, meeting attendees participated in a workshop exercise to share their input with project staff on streetscape elements for the Ethan Allen Gateway area. Check out an Overview of the January 18 Workshop, summarizng the process and recorded comments.
The Ethan Allen Gateway is a high use area for pedestrians and a substantial business area that lacks adequate sidewalks, infrastructure compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), street trees, and pedestrian-oriented lighting.
The project goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for pedestrians that links residents to alternative transportation options, and supports local shopping and a vibrant commercial center. The project will also address improving stormwater infiltration through the inclusion of Sustainable Design features.
In Fall 2011, an engineering survey was completed in the study area of the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape Project. Download a PDF of the survey.
Concept Design (complete-2012)
Consultant RK&K was contracted by the City to develop three (3) concept design alternatives for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape. Two public meetings were held during this process to gather input from residents and the business community on possible streetscape improvements to the gateway area. The concept design for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape was endorsed by Takoma Park City Council Resolution on September 18, 2012.
Final Design + Engineering (2012-13)
Proposed locations of all rain gardens, green spaces, public art, and bus stops, as well as sidewalk widths and provision for on-street parking will be refined, in coordination with agency stakeholders and with input from two more public meetings. Final designs and construction documents will be developed.
The City’s Public Works Department will manage construction activities once engineering and design work is completed.
Check out the Planning Vision page for more information on prior planning for New Hampshire Avenue multi-way boulevard in the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor Concept Plan and the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan.
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For more information, contact the project manager:
Erkin Ozberk I 301-891-7213 I contact