News & Updates
On August 10, 2015 the road diet concept was approved to proceed for 30% preliminary design.
During Fall of 2015 the following changes will be made to address safety concerns and to prepare for the ultimate road diet configuration:
- A traffic signal will be installed at 10th and Maryland Avenue, NE.
- The 800 block of E Street, NE between 9th and 8th Streets, NE will become one-way westbound
- The signal where E Street meets Maryland Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets will be removed
More information can be found here
The Maryland Avenue Corridor Pedestrian Safety project has completed the planning study/concept development phase of the project. This process concluded with the recommendation of the community to move ahead with a full reconstruction of the corridor in a new configuration, known commonly as a “road diet.” The project was approved for federal funding on August 10, 2015 for 30% preliminary design, a process that will take approximately a year to complete. After that, 65% and 90% design plan milestones will need to be achieved, which will take approximately another 9-12 months. Construction is tentatively targeted for FY 2017 or early FY 2018.
There are other near term pedestrian safety and access improvements planned for the corridor. A new traffic signal at Maryland Avenue and 10th Street, NE will begin construction in August, 2015. This signal, to be completed by the end of October, 2015, will significantly improve crossing safety and access at this location. As part of this new signal installation, other changes are taking place. The signal at E Street and Maryland Avenue will be removed and the 800 block of E Street, NE will be converted to one-way westbound. The small stub of E Street on the east side of Maryland Avenue, between Maryland and 10th Street, will be closed to traffic. Parking on this part of the street will be replaced by new parking spaces on Maryland Avenue. See the Schedule and Resources page for more specific information on the long term and short term plans.
Concept planning and public process background:
In 2010, City Council identified initial funding for implementing the 2009 DDOT Pedestrian Master Plan. The Council specifically identified several important corridors in the District, including Maryland Avenue, NE, that have a history of hazardous conditions for pedestrian travel. The Council charged DDOT with improving pedestrian safety and access and calming traffic to make Maryland Avenue a safer and more livable street for all who use it.
Throughout 2011 and early 2012, this project developed a series of roadway operation and design alternatives focused on improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users along Maryland Avenue. The study corridor is Maryland Avenue, NE between Constitution Avenue, NE and 15th Street, NE (see project area map). Concerns of neighborhood residents and others that travel the corridor were gathered through a series of public meetings as well as an interactive map and comment form, found here (Project Input). The design alternatives developed may be seen here: (Schedule & Resources).