Background

During its lifespan, the maryland avenue safety project has included several STUDIEs and  ANALYSeS, ENGAGEMENT of the PUBLIC, engagement of historical and other stakeholders in dc, and engagement and reporting to the FEDERAL highway administration. below is a chronology.

 

2009-2013

2009: DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued a Pedestrian Master Plan

2010: DC City Council identified initial funding for implementing the 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. 

2011 and early 2012: DDOT -- working in partnership with the community and a DC traffic engineering firm -- developed a series of alternatives for the roadway operation and design focused on improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users along the Maryland Avenue, NE corridor (between 2nd St/Constitution Avenue, NE, and 15th Street, NE). 

2012: 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
> More information on the community engagement during this stage
Design alternatives developed 

 

2014-15

July 2014: DDOT installed bollards to reconfigure the traffic flow at to limit the "conflict points" at complex intersection at Maryland, 7th, and D Streets. This included closing the southbound throughway of 7th Street and changing the eastbound entrance onto Maryland from D Street. New crosswalks and curb bump outs (indicated flex posts and paint markings) along with new signage were also installed.

October 2015: Speed cameras installed on Maryland Avenue near 10th Street and 7th Street

November 2015: Traffic light installed at 10th Street, making it safer for pedestrians (including families with young children), bikers, and cars to cross. Traffic light removed at 9th Street and stub of E Street turned one way east, making the intersection at E, 9th, and Maryland much less confusing and dangerous.

December 2015: Mayor Boswer and DDOT Director Dormsjo announced the DC's Vision Zero Action Plan at the corner of 10th and Maryland, NE. The Mayor cited the planned changes for Maryland Avenue as a prime example of the city's commitment to reducing traffic and pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

 

2016

Spring-Summer 2016: DDOT and traffic engineering contractor fully engaged in designing of full scope of roadway changes. Plans at the 30% stage of engineering design released for ANC and public review and comment.

 

2017-18

2017-18: Anticipated planning and construction timeframe for full implementation of the Maryland Avenue road diet and bike lanes