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Calming Lanes on Wisconsin Avenue to be Removed

December 18, 2013

In January, the District Department of Transportation replaced two lanes on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park with a painted median in turn lane to calm traffic. But due to pressure from residents and local elected officials, DDOT will end their year-long trial and return the street to six lanes. DDOT created the median between 35th and Garfield streets NW to draw attention to the commercial strip and give pedestrians a safer way to cross the street. But after complaints from drivers and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, the agency already removed part of the median in May. Since DC received federal funds for this project, it must comply with federal lane width guidelines. Putting the original six lanes back would violate those guidelines, meaning the city will have to do so with its own funds. (Greater Greater Washington)

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