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Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 02/18/2011

NE shortcut dangerous for residents

By Akeya Dickson

Votes to fix: 9

Marie, a resident of the 700 block of G Street NE, is vexed about morning commuters turning off of H Street in northeast to avoid rush hour traffic slowed by construction on H Street. Drivers "speed through this area at the risk of hitting children. It's very dangerous in the mornings," she said.

Not only does the unofficial shortcut house the Sherwood Recreation Center on the corner of 9th and G, but also Ludlow Taylor Elementary School between 7th and 6th streets.

"There needs to be speed humps erected from 10th and G to 6th and G in order to protect the children walking to school in the area and to slow the commuters down," said Marie. "They don't make concessions to the fact that they've turned off of H [Street] into a residential area where the speed is considerably slower."

The cost for installing a speed hump is approximately $3,500, said John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation.

"The information about how to request a speed hump or other traffic calming measures is posted on our website," he said. "She simply needs to contact us via 311 to initiate the process."

The District Department of Transportation's site details the Traffic Calming Assessment Process and includes an application form for a Traffic Calming Assessment and for a Speed Hump Request Form and Petition.

By Akeya Dickson  | February 18, 2011; 2:27 PM ET
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I live at the corner of 9th and G streets NE. What Marie is saying is absolutely true. My husband and I hope that the situation will self-correct once H Street is repaired. Currently the cars stream down G street in the morning and many just roll throught the stop signs. It's very frustrating.

Posted by: 9thStNE | February 22, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I live on 7th and G too and traffic can be quite bad in the mornings. I agree a traffic calming solution might help, especially near the school.
Since this appears to be a temporary issue does the City have temporary speed humps like those manufactured by Traffic Logix? They might be able to save money and have a movable solution to use in another part of the city when H Street clears up.

Posted by: JohnE6 | February 22, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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