DDOT is steadfastly working to improve safety throughout the District. One intersection that the agency has identified for immediate improvements is the intersection of D Street, 7th Street and Maryland Avenue.
DDOT will implement immediate, stop-gap measures to increase pedestrian safety at this intersection this summer, including installing plastic bollards to create curb extensions on six corners at this location. These corners will be expanded, creating pedestrian-safety zones: buffers that are aimed at calming traffic speeds, shortening crossing distances and reducing conflicts between pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists. DDOT also plans to install new crosswalks—including a raised crosswalk at the intersection of D Street and 7th Street—and extend the median on Maryland Avenue.
Moving forward, in the fall DDOT plans to improve safety in the area by surrounding the pedestrian-safety zones with large planters and layering them with a brick-colored paint. These same methods have been used to successfully create “pedestrian plazas” in cities such as New York City, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
DDOT will install solar-powered beacons along Maryland Avenue NE—which feature flashing lights to warn motorists to look out for pedestrians—this fall as well.
These are just some of the many ways that DDOT is working to make this intersection safe for all users.