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This is the official website for the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT)
Maryland Avenue NE Corridor Multi-Modal Safety and Access Project

Project Background

In 2010, the Maryland Avenue corridor (between Constitution Avenue, NE and 15th Street, NE) was identified as having a history of hazardous conditions for pedestrian travel, and City Council charged DDOT with making it a safer and more liveable corridor for all users. Throughout 2011 and early 2012, a series of roadway operation and design alternatives were developed (please click here to reference these and other documents from the Planning Phase) that focused on improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users along Maryland Avenue.

The Maryland Avenue Multi-Modal Safety and Access Project will improve multi-modal safety and access along the Maryland Avenue, NE corridor by calming travel and turning speeds, shortening pedestrian crossing distances, providing pedestrian refuge islands, and providing new bicycle facilities. The project will also increase pedestrian and bicycle access.

A Road Diet concept was approved in August 2015 and the project is now progressing toward final design. Click here to learn more about current design activity.

What is a Road Diet question

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 up to 47 percent, reduced vehicle speed, 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.

Typical Section with Left Turn Lane

Learn more at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/