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New pedestrian signal causing delays on N.Y. Ave.

Update (7:40 a.m.): DDOT spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc told WTOP this morning that crews are adjusting the timing this morning to give inbound traffic more time, and traffic control officers are being deployed along the corridor to help with the flow of traffic. DDOT says it may take more than a day to find the correct balance needed to efficiently move pedestrians and traffic. Be alert that this may affect your commute home this afternoon.

Update (7 a.m.): I traveled through this intersection earlier this morning and was surprised when the green seemed to turn abruptly to red. Just stay aware if you're traveling through the intersection. According to the D.C. police Web site, there are three red light cameras at this intersection, so if the light changes quicker than you might be expecting you could get your picture taken. Not a fun way to start the morning!

Update (6:45 a.m.): Motorists are reporting delays in the vicinity. Kenilworth or Rhode Island avenues are alternate routes.

Original post:Trafficland reports that a new pedestrian signal was installed Wednesday on New York Avenue at Bladensburg Road. The new timing may slow inbound traffic. Be alert for delays in the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 10, 2009; 6:28 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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Oh, boy, THREE red light cameras and a light that abruptly changes to red. Don't you just LOVE money-grubbing DC! It might be more efficient just to hand some twenties to a traffic cop as you go through the intersection.

Traffic might crawl in Virginia, but at least Virginia doesn't set you up like this for a red light ticket.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 10, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

No kidding . . . I'm sure the abruptly changing light is just an unfortunate coincidence that has nothing to do with the red light cameras . . .

Posted by: ah___ | December 10, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

When we say abruptly changing, are we talking about a green that is too short (meaning, it turns red after only 40 seconds instead of 60 seconds), or are we talking about a yellow that is too short? If the yellow is too short, that is setting one up to run the red light. If the green is too short but the yellow is adequate, the only excuse for running the light is if you are impatient. In which case, you should get a ticket. Safety first, convenience second.

Now with that said, I hope DDOT fixes the timing, and I hope they install a pushbutton so the ped signal only activates when it is needed. If it activates every single phase, then that will certainly starve NY Avenue of much of its green time, and is probably not necessary. There are peds in that area, but not so many that they need a full length ped signal every cycle.

Posted by: thetan | December 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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