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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.

New Tree Blocks Stop Sign at Princeton and Warder — Sign to be Moved

February 15, 2012

I had a couple of people contact me about a problem with one of the new trees planted in the neighborhood recently. The issue, as you can see to the right, is that the new tree on the northeast corner of Princeton Place and Warder Street is in front of the stop sign. The concern is that the sign is difficult to see, and will be hidden behind the tree once it leafs out.

After contacting DDOT, I was informed by one of the Urban Forestry Administration‘s arborists that the tree is in an appropriate tree box and will not be moved. That said, they also pointed out that the stop sign was put in the designated tree box. So, the plan is to move the stop sign closer to the intersection and out of the tree box.

Since the tree weighs about 400 lbs and has been taken out of its containing wire basket, this is the easier approach to solve the conflict. I’ll continue to monitor the situation until it is resolved.


“Exstreet” Makeover Edition: DDOT Tries to Get Park Place Bike Lane Right

July 21, 2011

For nearly a year, DDOT has been struggling with integrating the south-bound Park Place bike lane into the intersection at the southern end of the street.  Its initial September 2010 design caused great confusion with area drivers who constantly drove through the bike lane and made it completely unsafe.  Recognizing the failure of the design, the next solution was the addition of an incoherent sign in late May of this year. At that time it was obvious to all that DDOT’s failure was of epic proportions.

Now, DDOT has gone back to the drawing board and started over. They have removed the unhelpful sign, removed many of the original markings, and redirected traffic yet again.

See the progression of the make over of the street below. Hopefully this solution will be more intuitive for drivers and increase the safety of neighbors, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Can you notice all the differences in the photos below?

Thursday July 14, 2011, afternoon

Saturday July 16, 2011, morning

Saturday July 16, 2011, afternoon


New Traffic Light in the Works for Georgia & Newton/Otis Area

June 21, 2011

According to DDOT, new traffic lights are planned for Georgia Avenue in the areas of Taylor Street and Otis Place. The one planned for the Otis area will help calm traffic for both the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School and the Ward One Senior Wellness Center. The Otis Place light was in the final phase of procurement for installation around May 25th and lights generally take about 45 days to schedule and install. However, with the need to coordinate with the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project this one may take a little longer than the typical 45 days.

According to DDOT a new traffic light is in the planning stages for this section of Georgia Avenue


Right is Not Right: New Traffic Pattern on Southern Park Place an Epic Fail

May 25, 2011

Confusing Traffic Signs on Park Pl NW

As pointed out in September 2010, DDOT’s lane reconfiguration of southern Park Place NW has created confusion. Over time, drivers have not become familiar with the lane reconfiguration. As a result there are daily near-accidents and a total disregard for the bike lane. Most audibly, the use of car horns is prevalent as drivers warn those that do not maintain their lanes.

Let’s backup … one-way south-bound traffic starts on Park Place at Rock Creek Church Road. As traffic crosses over Kenyon Street there are three lanes of traffic. The furthest lane to the left is a turn only lane onto east-bound Irving Street. At the Park Place/Irving Street intersection traffic is supposed to merge into two lanes. The middle lane traffic is meant to merge to the left-most lane and the right-most lane merges into the middle lane.

Recent signage (above) located on both sides of the street helps neither lane of traffic because the implied action is not right. The sign says ‘MERGE RIGHT, which makes sense only if ‘Right’ is to be interpreted as Correctly — as in Correctly Merge. Perhaps the sign is warning ‘MERGE (Coming from Your) RIGHT’.

With all kidding aside, the traffic warning sign should read “MERGE LEFT.” Right?


Temporary All Stop at Rock Creek Church Rd and 5th/Park Place

April 6, 2010

Intersection of Rock Creek Church and 5th/Park Place, looking toward the northeast

Yesterday evening it was brought to my attention that the traffic lights at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd (RCCR) and 5th/Park Place were operating in a manner where they were blinking red indicating that the intersection was a four-way stop.

At first I was excited since this idea was suggested to DDOT last year as a possible low-cost measure that could help ease the speeding along RCCR. My enthusiasm was short lived, however, as the lights were repaired later in the evening.

Aftermath of a crash on Rock Creek Church Road around midnight, April 2/3

The speed issue is particularly bad in this area, with an accident around midnight on April 2/3 near the 400 block of RCCR being merely the latest result of reckless driving.

While watching the traffic last night during the temporary four-way stop, it was clear many folks weren’t quite sure how to navigate such a situation. There were a lot of rolling stops, some cars that just drove right through, and others sat a while until they felt confident enough to move forward.

What I do know is that there was far less speeding and noise. No one was racing to beat the light as has been common practice. Based on my observations, the all way stop definitely improved the traffic problem while it lasted.

Drivers navigating the unexpected four-way stop


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