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New Signals on South Capitol

There are two new traffic signals on South Capitol Street SE, part of the gateway corridor project that includes the rehabilitation of the Frederick Douglass Bridge.

Both are near the new Nationals baseball stadium, north of the Douglass Bridge. Look for one at the intersection of South Capitol and O Street and the other at the intersection with P Street.

Early last year, when we started talking about the South Capitol Street project and the bridge rehab -- including the summertime shutdown -- many commuters were worried about the impact of new signals. Would they slow down traffic?

The District's idea is to open up the neighborhood and make it easier to get across South Capitol for people traveling east-west. The District Department of Transportation hopes the new signals will improve pedestrian safety and allow traffic to move safely through the intersections. DDOT says the lights will be coordinated with the other nearby signals.

I'd like to hear from South Capitol Street drivers, pedestrians and neighborhood residents on how all this work has turned out for them. And soon, we'll be talking about plans to get people in and out of the baseball stadium.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 22, 2008; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Driving  
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