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DDOT Launches New Safety Measures in Support of Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero Initiative

Friday, December 21, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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DDOT Launches New Safety Measures in Support of
Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero Initiative 


(Washington, DC) -- The District Department of Transportation today announced plans to implement new safety improvements at intersections across the District to support Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic related fatalities and serious injuries.
The safety improvements, prohibiting right turn on red and installing left turn hardening infrastructure, are both focused on improving pedestrian safety in intersections. Mayor Bowser directed DDOT to look for locations to ban right turn on red and implement other safety improvements at a CapSTAT on Vision Zero earlier this fall.

"As we strive to build a safer, stronger DC, we are committed to exploring all options that can protect our residents and visitors," said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. "These locations were selected using data and recognized best practices to yield the greatest safety improvements."
 
Left Turn Hardening
By the end of December, DDOT will complete the installation of new roadway infrastructure designed to reduce motorists' speed and prevent cutting across crosswalks and lanes of traffic while making left turns at five intersections across the District. DDOT will install similar infrastructure at a total of 85 intersections over the next two years.
The left turn calming pilot infrastructure is being installed at the following locations:
  • 7th Street and T Street, NW
  • 9th Street and M Street, NW
  • 11th Street and I Street, SE
  • 14th Street and Columbia Road, NW
  • 13th Street and I Street, NW
No Turn On Red
Starting in February, DDOT will begin installing no right turn on red signs at approximately 100 signalized intersections across the District. All signs are expected to be installed by the end of July 2019. A complete list of intersections where right turns will be prohibited is available here.
Intersections were identified based on crash history, level of pedestrian activity, and other factors and criteria identified in the federally mandated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulation, DCMR §18-4013.

A Notice of Intent (NOI) for the prohibition of right turn on red was posted on December 20, 2018. All comments must be filed in writing by Tuesday, February 5, 2019 with the District Department of Transportation, Transportation Operations Administration at 55 M Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. If you would like to check the status of this Notice of lntent (NOI), please visit DDOT's website at: http://ddot.dc.gov/service/ddot-notice-intent