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DDOT hosts public meetings on two busy streets

Photo courtesy of Forest Hills Connection. This unsignalized crosswalk on Connecticut Avenue at Ellicott Street NW could get a HAWK signal.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host meetings next week on proposed improvements for pedestrians along two busy corridors. Below are details provided by DDOT.

Upper Connecticut Avenue Crosswalk Safety Project

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Forest Hills Senior Living Center, 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Details: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites the public to a meeting to take questions and comments on proposed crosswalk safety improvements on Upper Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Marked crosswalks at intersections without traffic signals along Connecticut Avenue, from Appleton Street to Legation Street, have been the source of safety and accessibility concerns for residents. Fourteen pedestrians have been injured and one killed in un-signalized marked crosswalks on upper Connecticut Avenue in the last nine years.

The proposed plan would add two HAWK pedestrian signals, relocate or remove some bus stops to better align with existing signal controlled crossings, and remove some crosswalk markings at remaining unsignalized crossings. Information about the proposed crosswalk safety project will be available for review at the meeting.

Photo from the corner of East Capitol Street and Benning Road NE courtesy of dcshrines.blogspot.com

East Capitol Street-Benning Road Intersection Project

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Metropolitan Police Department Sixth District Community Room, 100 42nd Street, NE

Details: DDOT staff will be present at this meeting to take questions and comments on proposed changes to the East Capitol and Benning Road intersection.

The intersection of East Capitol Street, Benning Road, Texas Avenue and Central Avenue is a busy and complex intersection in the District. From 2008 to 2010, there were 102 traffic crashes that injured 54 people, including 8 pedestrians. DDOT began a planning study in 2011 to look at safety and access changes to the intersection and the larger corridor. At this meeting, DDOT will present proposed changes, the planning study information and proposals for review.