Prather’s Alley Safety Improvements Approved by ANC 6E

Friday September 10, 2021

Efforts to improve transportation safety within the 900 block of 4-1/2 Street NW and Prather’s Court – collectively known as “Prather’s Alley” – took an important step forward earlier this week thanks to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E’s (ANC 6E) unanimous approval of the following two motions at its Tuesday meeting:

  1. Conversion of 4-1/2 Street NW from Two-Way to One-Way Operations. Changes to sign and pavement markings in support of converting 4-1/2 Street NW to one-way operations are outlined by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) through its Notice of Intent (NOI) issued August 9. Public comments on the proposal are being accepted through Tuesday, September 21 per instructions outlined in the NOI.
  2. Presentation of Traffic Calming Proposal for Prather’s Alley. MVT CID’s presentation of its proposed plan for traffic calming in Prather’s Alley represents the latest step in efforts to make what is now one of Mount Vernon Triangle’s most active multimodal passageways safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Developed in partnership with EL Studio and urbanSEED, the design presented at Tuesday’s meeting was formalized during the summer and included thorough review by ANC 6E’s Transportation Advisory Committee as well as representatives from our disability community. Included in the proposed design are speed cushions and pavement markers to help maintain safe traffic speeds and provide a safe refuge for non-motorists when needed.

MVT CID extends its special thanks to ANC 6E, Commissioner Rachael Gass of the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities, Kelsey Bridges and her DDOT colleagues, and scores of area residents, property and business owners and representatives, and other stakeholders for their continued advocacy for – and support of – these initiatives. And please stay tuned for additional updates about efforts to enhance safety within Prather’s Alley once they are available.