FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily close one travel lane continuously in Grant Circle NW from 6 pm Sunday, May 21 through noon Saturday, May 27. During this time, DDOT will also temporarily close one northbound travel lane on New Hampshire Avenue NW between Upshur Street NW and Grant Circle.
The closure is needed for a traffic study designed to improve transportation safety for all Grant Circle users, and to slow speeding drivers. During the study, Grant Circle operations will be reduced to a single travel lane, and crosswalks into the Circle will be shorter.
DDOT will collect data and make field observations to measure the impacts to traffic operations. DDOT will also be conducting step out surveys to measure compliance with yielding to pedestrians in uncontrolled crosswalks.
The work on Grant Circle is part of a larger effort by DDOT to move toward Vision Zero, where the District will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers in our transportation system by 2024.
DDOT will use orange barrels to close the lanes, and warning signs will be installed to warn motorists of the lane closure on New Hampshire Avenue.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to stay alert while traveling through these locations, and to be observant of DDOT's personnel.
The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.