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New Stop Sign in the Works for Warder

December 2, 2014

Stop for pedestrian signs(Intersection of Warder and Princeton. New crosswalk signs were added in May 2011)

Traffic safety at the intersection of Warder and Princeton streets has been a concern for a while. I’ve received many requests over the past few years seeking better traffic calming. In response, DDOT installed new crosswalk signs in May 2011. After the November 5, 2014, accident at the intersection, DDOT agreed to study the safety of the intersection again.

I’ve since learned that DDOT has completed their field review and crash analysis of the intersection, and based on the location of this intersection in relationship to the Recreation Center and the number of accidents, DDOT will be installing new stop signs making it an all-way stop.

DDOT is in the process of submitting the necessary documents required to implement the change at this location, so stay tuned. I’ll provide an update when its available.


Lane Markings Added to New Crosswalk Median at Georgia and Newton

November 11, 2014

I heard from several residents after the new crosswalk median was installed at Georgia Avenue and Newton Street at the end of October. The chief concern was that the median encroached into the southbound traffic lanes causing a lane shift that was difficult to see. I brought this to DDOT’s attention, and while I don’t know if this was already planned or in response to my advocacy, a crew came out on Friday, November 7th, to paint new lane markings alerting drivers to the new traffic pattern. You can see the new markings below.


(Above and below — View of Georgia Avenue toward the south at the intersection of Newton Place, NW)


Another Accident at Intersection of Princeton and Warder

November 5, 2014
Accident at Princeton and Warder, November 4, 2014.

Accident at Princeton and Warder, November 4, 2014.

Yesterday, just before 8:00 a.m., there was yet another accident at the intersection of Princeton Place and Warder Street, NW. Those familiar with the intersection will know that northbound traffic on Warder Street does not have a stop sign whereas both east and westbound traffic on Princeton Place does. Every intersection on Warder south of Princeton is either an all-way stop or has a stop light, which I believe encourages drivers to speed up between Otis and Rock Creek Church Road (the next all-way stop).

In witnessing the accident yesterday, which is one of several to have occurred at this location over the past few months, it appeared that the eastbound vehicle either didn’t stop or did a rolling stop — perhaps under the assumption that Warder Street traffic has a stop sign. The accident involved two vehicles and one adult from the vehicle that was struck was taken away in an ambulance.

I’ve requested that DDOT review the safety and accident history of this intersection and consider making it an all-way stop already, but will follow up with them again after this recent event.

New Crosswalk Median Installed on Georgia Avenue

October 30, 2014

A new median was installed  on Georgia Avenue last week just south of the intersection with Newton. It is intended to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street at this intersection. I also understand that it has caused a little confusion for those driving south on Georgia as it required a slight lane change to accommodate the median. It appeared to me that new street markings still needed to be painted when I reviewed it over the weekend, though my inquiry to DDOT has not yet been answered.

Below are photos of what to expect.

IMG_7474(View of new crosswalk median from the northeast)

IMG_7466(View of new median from the southwest)

DDOT Studying Congestion and Signal Timing on Georgia Avenue

September 26, 2013
The Georgia Avenue corridor.

The Georgia Avenue corridor.

Here’s some news that came my way yesterday. DDOT is currently undergoing a corridor-wide signal optimization effort along the entire Georgia Avenue corridor — from the Montgomery County line in the north to Florida Avenue in the south.  The signal optimization effort is an in-depth engineering analyses of items such as current conditions, areas of the most congestion, and the causes.

Once this data is collected and evaluated a model on the current conditions will be developed.  The model will be used to develop a new timing plan.  The new plan will be implemented in the late fall.



May 25, 2012

The MetroAccess Van pictured below hit a street light at the intersection of Warder and Irving Streets, NW, yesterday morning. An authority was on the scene and traffic seemed to not have been affected. Luckily, the van looks to have taken the brunt of the impact, and the street light on the southeast corner may have prevented any further damage to parked automobiles &/or houses.

Expect Road Closures during Saturday’s Marathon

March 16, 2012

Expect significant road closures in DC between 7:20am and 12:45pm due to the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon on Saturday, March 17.

Specifically for our neighborhood, from mile 4 to 9 on the course, streets close later, at 8 am, and reopen between 11:00-11:45 am.

These closures include:

• 18th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Connecticut Avenue NW
• Connecticut Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to Columbia Road NW
• Columbia Road NW from Connecticut Avenue NW to Harvard Street NW
• Harvard Street NW from Columbia Road NW to 5th Street NW
• 5th and 4th Streets NW from Harvard Street NW to Bryant Street NW
• Bryant Street NW from 4th Street NW to North Capitol Street NW

Expect an impact on local traffic & METRO bus.

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