Residents along the Maryland Avenue NE corridor have advocated for safety improvements for many years. Concerns about high speeds and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, particularly those near public institutions such as NE Library (MD & 7th), School within School (near MD & 10th) have been the primary concerns. Once complete, the project will improve multi-modal safety and access on the Maryland Avenue, NE corridor from 2nd to 14th Street by calming travel speeds and turning speeds, shortening pedestrian crossing distances, providing pedestrian refuge islands, and providing new bicycle facilities.
A Road Diet concept was approved in August 2015. The final design was approved in September 2017.
What is A Road Diet?
A road diet is a technique in transportation planning where the number of travel lanes and/or effective width of road is reduced in order to achieve systemic improvements. The benefits of a road diet include crash reduction of 19 to 47 percent, reduced vehicle speed differential, improved mobility and access by all road users, and integration of the roadway into surrounding uses that results in an enhanced quality of life. A key feature of a road diet is that it allows reclaimed space to be allocated for other uses, such as turn lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, bike lanes, sidewalks, bus shelters, parking or landscaping.
Learn more at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/
The planning and conceptual design phase of the project took place from 2011-2015 and included many opportunities for the public to participate. Please find below links to key documents that helped plan and shape the project.
DDOT completed a preliminary (30%) set of engineering drawings in August 2016. The intermediate (65%) set of engineering drawings and specifications; commonly referred to as contract documents were completed in September 2017.