The District Department of Transportation - The District Department of Transportation(DDOT is an agency created to effectively manage and craft

The District Department of Transportation - The District...

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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is an agency created to effectively manage and craft transportation initiatives within the District of Columbia. The agency is tasked with tasks to actively monitor traffic, maintain the city’s traffic infrastructure, create new structures for seamless transportation to and from the district and its interconnected jurisdictions and to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians in the public right-of-way (ROW). On a closer level this often includes daily traffic control, pedestrian crossing, emergency roadway patrol and assistance, and a myriad of traffic congestion/relief services. Additionally, the agency serves as a world transportation model in its bridge and roadway construction. Many transportation agencies across the world study the work of DDOT and often try to incorporate its efficiencies in their transportation initiatives. It attracts some of the world’s most talented engineers and has been instrumental in creating pivotal projects like DC’s Street Car and the world renowned DC Bikeshare. These programs are noted for their ability to give the city’s residents multiple transportation models, as well given other cities inspiration and guidance for implementation in their own areas. Mission As stated by the agency, its overall mission is to develop and maintain a cohesive sustainable transportation system that delivers safe, affordable, and convenient ways to move people and goods— while protecting and enhancing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the District (ddot.dc.gov). This mission serves as the design and basis for how the agency governs its daily activities and the modes for which projects are vetted and given priority for implementation. Functions of DDOT
The agency is made up of several departments that have a series of designations that are geared towards maintaining the city’s transportation infrastructure. There are three (3) clusters of administrations that have several divisions within each that work strategically together to perform the agency’s duties. The first cluster is the operations cluster. These divisions work on the ground and actually lay the framework and engage in consistent maintenance of new and existing infrastructure. Amongst this cluster, there is the Urban Forestry Administration, Transportation Operations Administration, and Infrastructure Project Management Administration. The Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) maintains the urban forestry within the city and governs the full berth of trees and vegetation found in the District. The Transportation Operations Administration (TOA) handles the city’s physical roadway impairments, manages signage and light structures, as well as provides traffic control. The Infrastructure Project Management Administration (IPMA) manages the design, engineering and construction of roadways, bridges, traffic signals, and alley projects in the District.

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