Councilmember Cheh to Hold Roundtable on Wisconsin Ave. Streetscape

There continue to be some concerns about traffic flow on Wisconsin Ave. as a result of the new Wisconsin Ave. traffic pattern.  On March 1, 2013, Councilmember Mary Cheh sent out the following announcement with regard to these concerns:

There has been a great deal of discussion on the listservs over these past weeks related to the Glover Park Streetscape project and its impact on traffic both on Wisconsin Avenue and the in the surrounding neighborhoods. As you may know, now that the restriping of the street is complete, DDOT has begun to analyze the new traffic patterns and identify problem areas that resulted from the modifications. At this point, I have scheduled a Roundtableon the matter for May 1st at 11:00 a.m., where DDOT can come forward with the results of their analysis and where residents can provide their feedback on what has worked and what has not.

In the interim, I have asked the Department of Public Works to increase enforcement against double-parking along Wisconsin Avenue. I believe that aggressively moving violators out of the lane of traffic will keep cars moving and discourage unsafe behavior. I have also provided DDOT with a list of specific areas to consider: ensuring that any traffic counts begin at 3:30 in order to cover the after-school traffic; determining how signal timings are coordinated and how has that coordination or lack of coordination has affected both automobile and pedestrian traffic and safety; updating construction information on the reconfiguration of 37th and Tunlaw (I was recently informed that the work will be completed this spring) and identifying the effects that construction has or will have on traffic patterns in the immediate neighborhood; and assessing the impact of signage—such as the “One lane” sign at R and Wisconsin—on traffic flow.

Contact Councilmember Cheh’s office for more information or to sign up to speak at the roundtable.