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DDOT to Begin Vision Zero Safety Improvements at Florida Avenue, 12th Street, K Street and Montello Avenue, NE

Friday, June 21, 2019

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DDOT to Begin Vision Zero Safety Improvements at Florida Avenue, 12th Street, K Street and Montello Avenue, NE

(Washington, DC)--The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it will begin work on safety improvements at the intersection of Florida Avenue, 12th Street, K Street and Montello Avenue, NE. The work is part of the Florida Avenue NE Interim Safety Improvement Project and the Mayor’s Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in the District.

The intersection will be modified to eliminate the channelized right turn lane onto K Street and consolidate the two separate crosswalks on the west side of 12th Street into a single crosswalk. The small concrete island will be removed from K Street and a curb extension will be installed on the north-west corner of the intersection of 12th Street and K Street to create a more typical intersection configuration.

Work at the intersection of Florida Avenue, 12th Street, K Street and Montello Avenue, NE will begin today, Friday June 21, 2019. During construction, the two K Street crosswalks on the west side of 12th Street will be temporarily closed and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the K Street crosswalk on the east side of 12th Street. Upon completion, the revised configuration will result in one K Street crosswalk on the west side of 12th Street. Weather permitting, the new crosswalk will be activated by July 1, 2019 following the construction of new pavement and implementation of a new signal operation.

These modifications, along with the proposed protected bike lanes along Florida Avenue, are a key part of the Florida Avenue NE Interim Safety Improvement Project that will take place this summer to reduce vehicle speeds and improve multi-modal safety and mobility.

Following activation of the new configuration, DDOT will monitor and adjust the operation based on field observations and community feedback.

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