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One-way traffic to end on 15th St. NW

4:20 p.m.: According to a press release from DDOT, the change was requested by the Downtown Business Improvement District and was presented to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, which did not oppose the change.

"We believe this will be a positive change for the downtown area," said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "It will improve the flow of traffic, make the businesses more accessible, and make 15th Street safer for everyone: motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians."

The press release said the agency analyzed the traffic on 15th and determined that four lanes are not needed to handle northbound traffic during rush hour.

The agency plans to deploy signs to alert motorists about the change. DDOT said 15th Street north of Massachusetts will remain one-way northbound at all times.

11:40 a.m.: According to Rima Calderon, The Washington Post Co.'s vice president of communications and external relations, the company did not request the change.

Original post: A three block stretch of 15th Street NW no longer will switch to one-way traffic during the afternoon rush hour starting March 15.

Other than during that rush hour, 15th Street between K Street and Massachusetts Avenue carries two lanes of traffic in each direction. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, traffic flow currently shifts to one-way northbound to accommodate drivers heading home after work.

John Lisle of the District Department of Transportation said business owners on 15th Street requested that the city end the practice because it hurt their business.

The headquarters of the Washington Post Co. is located on 15th Street NW. No word yet on whether The Post was one of the businesses who asked for the change.

-- Ashley Halsey III

By Ashley Halsey  |  March 3, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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I hope they put up REALLY GOOD SIGNAGE to warn people of this, including for several weeks after the change. I remember in 1995 when Clinton closed Pennsylvania Avenue and converted H and I Streets to one-way traffic. I was almost involved in a head-on crash with someone who was on autopilot and turned the wrong way onto H Street simply out of years of ingrained habit.

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

How, exactly, is the one-way traffic hurting business? Not like you can park on 15th St. during rush hour.

Oh well, I guess I won't complain. The change will shave about 90 seconds off my commute home. WooHoo!

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | March 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This is just going to add to the afternoon traffic snarl on I and K Streets. Though I'm not sure why I should expect any less from the DC DOT.

Posted by: j-man1 | March 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Proof that Gabe Klein and his DOT are anti-car.

Posted by: wpjunk | March 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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