Commuting Through a Neighborhood
Just got back from a morning rush drive along Military Road NW, a link for many commuters between Georgia Avenue, 13th Street and 16th Street to the east and Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues to the west.
The District probably will undo some of the changes it tested along the road this year, going back to four travel lanes rather than the current two. That should benefit commuters. It would eliminate the jam-up that occurs at Oregon Avenue as travelers who have been sailing along the two freeway-like lanes through Rock Creek Park have to narrow down to a single lane to get through that lovely residential neighborhood on the western side of the park.
Once the traffic narrowed down to the single lane, it flowed pretty smoothly through the neighborhood. The District Department of Transportation has an idea that about 15 percent of the drivers who used Military Road before the one lane in each direction system was imposed are avoiding Military now.
It's hard to believe that many neighbors would object to that reduction in traffic, but DDOT officials say some of that traffic is cutting off into the local streets to get around Military. Those drivers must have a pretty low threshold for bailing out of the main route. Once you get past Oregon, you've cleared the real bottleneck, so it's difficult to see how drivers would gain much, if any, time by peeling off down a neighborhood street to jump the line on Military.
If the District goes ahead with the new plan for four travel lanes, it would have to do the restriping of the lanes in the next few weeks if it wants to be done before winter weather sets in. The neighbors would be able to park in the left lanes on Military during the off peak hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the changes, DDOT invited peole to contact one of its officials, Patrick Ogbeide, at 202-671-2363 or Patrick.Ogbeide@dc.gov.
It's always tough to balance the interests of residents and commuters when a major artery cuts through a neighborhood. Anybody have experience with this route under the old system and under the current system?
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