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!

News and Meetings

November 7, 2013

Supplemental survey and geotechnical work will occur in the Ethan Allen Gateway in November. The work supports the ongoing design of the project, providing pavement cores, and soil samples for future stormwater facilities. See the public notice letter distributed to affected businesses and residents in the project area.

July 17, 2013

The Regional Transportation Board approved federal Transportation Alternatives funding for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape project! Read about it in the Gazette article.

May 6, 2013

The Transportation Alternatives Program funding application that included a revised design of the approved Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape concept was endorsed by Takoma Park City Council Resolution. 

April 29, 2013

Takoma Park City Council discussed changes to the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape project plans to comply with the application requirements for the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, a possible source for construction funding. Changes include retaining all four slip lanes and channelization islands - the approved concept proposed consolidating these on the NW and SE corners.

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.


Project Phases

Final Design + Engineering (ongoing)

Proposed locations of all rain gardens, green spaces, street lights, 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 bid documents for construction will be developed.

Concept Design (completed: 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.

Survey (completed: 2011)

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.


Project Background

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.

The Ethan Allen Gateway is busy for all modes of transportation.


Additional Resources

Visit the Planning Vision page for more information on prior planning for New Hampshire Avenue multiway boulevard in the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor Concept Plan and the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan.

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For more information, get in touch with the project manager:  

Erkin Ozberk  I  301-891-7213   contact

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