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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Commission Supports Lane Re-Configuration for Dangerous Intersection

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 7D met April 9 via Zoom. Commissioners Siraaj Hasan (7D01), Commissioner Mike Davis (7D04), Ebony Payne (7D05), Marc Friend (7D06), Brett Astmann (7D07, treasurer), Brian Alcorn (7D08, vice chair), Ashley Schapitl (7D09), secretary) and Brianne Eby-Stockert (7D10) were in attendance. Commissioner Wendell Felder (7D03, chair) was absent. Single Member District 7D02 remains vacant.

Several traffic safety incidents, including one resulting in severe injury, have taken place at the intersection of 16th Street, North Carolina Avenue and C Street NE. As a result, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) plans to reconfigure the intersection to help improve traffic safety along the corridor.

The current lane configuration on the roadway “confuses drivers” and has caused vehicle crashes. DDOT plans to implement a new lane configuration by removing the outer right turn lane to 16th Street NE and designating the middle lane for traffic continuing through to C Street. The agency has notified the commission of its plans to designate the inner lane for left turns to North Carolina Avenue NE.

These changes will not impact any of the bike lanes or parking spaces along the road.

Vice Chair Alcorn expressed support for the project noting its importance for public safety along the corridor. He emphasized the importance of additional signage to help drivers see more clearly where the road will split.

The “dangerous intersection,” Treasurer Astmann said, would benefit from the proposed changes. “I think DDOT’s proposal seems like a good one, and I think our suggestion that they add some additional early signage really strengthens the design.”

The commission voted to write to DDOT in support of the project and request additional signage in advance of where the roadway will split to provide drivers sufficient warning.

Other Matters

Sean Moore of DC Water briefed the commission on the Lead Free DC program plans to eliminate all lead service lines from the District. Elliot-Hine Middle School student, Vivian, shared her community project, focused on spreading awareness to residents living in homes that have been identified as potentially having lead pipes, with the commission.

ANC 7D will meet next on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. You can learn more about the commission and register to attend at 7d0761.wixsite.com/anc7d-1.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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