D.C. news in brief

December 4, 2013
Federal and city agencies hold meeting on Long Bridge

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration is having the final public meeting on a study of possible improvements to Long Bridge, the two-track railroad connecting the District and Alexandria. The meeting is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M Street SW.

The bridge, originally constructed in the 19th century, serves freight and commuter traffic for CSX, Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express trains. DDOT received a federal recovery grant to analyze multimodal connectivity for transit, bicycle, pedestrian, vehicular and rail services over the Potomac River and determine the structural integrity of the bridge.

For information, go to longbridgeproject.com.

Residents are asked to join neighborhood snow teams

The D.C. government is asking residents to organize shoveling teams with their neighbors to clear sidewalks after snowfalls. D.C. law requires property owners — both residential and commercial — to clear the sidewalks surrounding their property within 24 hours of a snowfall.

Serve DC, the mayor’s office on volunteerism, the D.C. Office on Aging and the Department of Disability Services are organizing teams to help elderly and disabled residents with clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice.

Serve DC executive director Jeffrey D. Richardson said in a statement, “Volunteers across the District will check on their assigned neighbors, provide assistance and report back to us. We’ll also be prepared to respond to spontaneous requests for those with critical needs.”

To volunteer, go to docs.google.com/forms/d/18Gn-VzrMioeIqV83GbJ_NyRwcyHvW9Bco-G-mRZR9vY/viewform.

For information, call 202-727-7925.

City offers kids day camp during holiday season

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will host Winter Wondercamp, day-long activity camps for children ages 6 to 12, in two sessions at parks throughout the city. Session one will take place Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 and 27. Session two will take place Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 2 and 3. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with before- and after-camp care from 8 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

Registration is $30 for session one and $40 for session two for each child. There is an additional $10 fee for before- or after-camp care.

Camps are divided into groups of children ages 3 to 5, 6 to 12 and 8 to 13.

For information, camp locations or to register, go to www.dpr.dc.gov or call 202-671-0372.

DDOT to hold meeting on Canal Road improvements

The D.C. Department of Transportation is having the first public meeting on a planning study for safety improvements to Canal Road NW between Chain Bridge and M Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW.

A presentation of the study — which examines safety, traffic operations, drainage, erosion and slope stability — will be followed by public feedback.

For information, go to ddot.dc.gov.

Hazardous waste disposal offered Thursday and Saturday

The Fort Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Rd. NE, will offer household hazardous waste disposal and e-cycling from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The service is offered first Thursdays and and first Saturdays. Paper shredding is also offered first Saturdays.

For a list of accepted household hazardous waste and e-cyclables, go to dpw.dc.gov.

The station is open from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays for non-harzadous bulk items.

Comments extended to Dec. 30 for Twining Square road proposals

The Federal Highway Administration has extended the public comment period on the environmental assessment of proposed improvements to Twining Square (at Pennsylvania and Minnesota avenues SE) by 30 days.

Comments, due Dec. 30, can be sent by e-mail to austina.casey@dc.gov or by mail to District Department of Transportation, Penn/Minn Avenues Improvement Project, Attn.: Austina Casey, 55 M St. SE, Fourth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003.

To view the report, go to www.ddot.dc.gov/pennminnavesproject.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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