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April 2014 Update:

The Maryland Avenue Pedestrian Safety project has completed the concept planning and public process phase of the work. The concept planning and public process concluded with the recommendation to test the road diet option on Maryland Avenue as a pilot project. This project was tentatively schedule to be installed in the fall of 2013. DDOT remains committed to improving pedestrian safety and calming traffic speeds in the corridor, however it will not be possible to meet this timeline on the project. DDOT must provide further documentation to gain approval for the use of federal funds for the project’s final design and construction. The original plan was to conduct the pilot installation before the final environmental review was complete, but this will not be possible.

As we continue to work to complete the environmental documentation process for the full corridor project we have heard concerns about pedestrian safety near the newly reopened public library at the Maryland Ave. and 7th St. and D St. NE intersection. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety in the interim, a low cost pilot treatment is being developed for this location and DDOT hopes to have it installed as soon as the summer of 2014.

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).