In order to strengthen D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s Vision Zero initiative, new safety measures will be implemented at intersections across D.C., the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced on December 21.
As per the new measures, right turns on red lights will be prohibited and left turn hardening infrastructure will be installed initially at several intersections across D.C. These measures are expected to improve pedestrian safety at busy intersections in the District.
“As we strive to build a safer, stronger D.C., we are committed to exploring all options that can protect our residents and visitors. These locations were selected using data and recognized best practices to yield the greatest safety improvements,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian.
In the next two years, DDOT will be completing the installation of new roadway equipment at 85 intersections, which aims to reduce the speed of motorists and also prevent vehicles from cutting across crosswalks and traffic lanes at five intersections around D.C.
The five locations selected for the infrastructure to be installed are 7th Street and T Street, NW, 9th Street and M Street, NW, 11th Street and I Street, SE, 14th Street, Columbia Road, NW and 13th Street, and I Street, NW. Similarly, signs of no right turn on red light will be placed by DDOT from February next year at about 100 signalized intersections.
By July 2019, all signs are expected to be installed by DDOT at all selected intersections across the District. To know the intersections where right turns will not be allowed, visit here to see the complete list.