Redesign at major D.C. route
The traffic pattern at New York and Florida avenues NE is scheduled to change late next week, as the District's New York Avenue reconstruction project moves into a new phase. [See an overview: Navigating New York Avenue.]
After the changes, traffic will flow in a circular pattern around the intersection. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all will need to look sharp, as this will be a very different experience for them in a heavily traveled area. The change is scheduled to occur at 9 p.m. Friday, June 4, so most commuters would first encounter it on Monday, June 7.
-- First Street will become one way southbound from Florida Avenue to New York Avenue.
-- Florida Avenue will be limited to one way traffic westbound between New York Avenue and First Street.
-- Eastbound Florida Avenue traffic will be detoured to First Street. From there, drivers can go left on New York Avenue to return to Florida Avenue, or they can use this detour from southbound First Street: Left on M Street, left on Third Street right on Florida Avenue.
-- Northbound First Street traffic wishing to access westbound New York or Florida Avenues will be temporarily detoured via M and Third Streets, NE.
-- Southbound Eckington Place traffic will no longer be allowed to turn left on Florida Avenue. Eckington traffic will use First Street to reach New York Avenue and eastbound Florida Avenue,
The $3 million reconfiguration of the intersection is meant to to improve circulation and decrease accidents. The project is scheduled to be completed in August and final traffic pattern changes will be announced at that time, the District Department of Transportation said.
DDOT provided this map showing the new pattern.
May 25, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories: Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, New York Avenue
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