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DDOT Enhancing Nearly 200 Traffic Signals in District

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Signal Optimization Project Starts February 28 — Affects Wards 6, 7, 8

Washington, DC - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin implementing a traffic signal optimization project starting on Friday, February 28, 2014. The project will enhance traffic signals in Wards 6, 7 and 8, improving the traffic signal timing patterns at nearly 200 intersections.

This project will affect the following areas:

  • South and east of the Anacostia River, including roadways such as Pennsylvania Avenue, East Capitol Street, Minnesota Avenue, Alabama Avenue, Benning Road, Suitland Parkway, and others roads within this area, and
  • Areas around the Nationals Park (for example, south of I-395 and north of the Anacostia River and along the M Street and South Capitol Street corridors).

DDOT will be monitoring these improvements and making adjustments to traffic signal timing throughout March.  Motorists should use caution in these areas as drivers become acclimated to the new signal timing patterns.

This project is part of DDOT’s overarching initiative to make the District’s traffic signals safer and friendlier for pedestrians, improve bus running times and overall traffic flow and reduce vehicular traffic emissions. This citywide signal optimization initiative will enhance the District’s entire traffic signal network, which comprises more than 1,650 traffic signals, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.