While attention is focused upon the above-ground versus under-ground issue for the stadium parking to save money, what about the ramps into these garages?
The short distance from the
None of the stadium complex renderings show any indication of any type of corkscrew ramp.
Judging from the roof top configuration, the garages appear to lack corkscrew ramps. The designs shown appear to be like those in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, which are adequate for serving downtown retail. But what about a stadium with its concentrated event induced traffic?
By insisting upon above-ground parking, the Lerners achieve a $20 or $30 million cheaper structure. Surely, the better capacity ramps would cost more to initially construct. With the desire to reduce initial costs, and to finish the project quickly, what is the story about the Nationals Stadium garage ramps?
This is an issue that has gone un-reported and apparently un-noticed.Do any of the official traffic studies take into account the different ramp designs? Or shall this be something downplayed or ignored in the rush of enthusiasm for bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington, D.C.?