Another pedestrian struck at 4th and MASS

During this evening’s rush hour commute another pedestrian was struck at 4th & Massachusetts NW.

This comes after the recent traffic signal changes DDOT implemented that most of us felt were counterproductive and more hostile to pedestrians. Earlier this summer a pedestrian was struck at this intersection and later died from her injuries.

The unfortunate truth is that this intersection is unsafe. DDOT needs to take action to improve this hazard.

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    nm says

    Just received this from DDOT – I think it’s good news. I’m a little nervous about having only one Left-turn SB on 4th…that might be interesting. At least we have a pedestrian “grace period” back…

    From DDOT:
    In response to your request relating to the intersection at 4th and Massachusetts Avenue. DDOT’s top engineers have performed an in-depth analyses at this location. Please allow me to clarify our efforts:

    Problem 1:
    In the past, southbound (SB) 4th St traffic and the pedestrian crosswalk phase on the east-side used to run simultaneously. On top of that, it is a double left-turn movement on the SB direction. There has also been a pedestrian accident on this crosswalk in the recent weeks.

    Solutions:
    We have decided to reduce number of left-turns on the SB direction to ONE to reduce pedestrian-vehicular conflict. Lane use signs and markings will be added.

    We have decided to implement a leading pedestrian interval (“Grace Period”) for the pedestrians to receive a head start before the SB left-turn motorists move through the intersection. This was implemented this afternoon.

    Problem 2:
    Lately, we received several complaints regarding poor traffic progression at this signal.

    Solution:
    We have made signal timing adjustment this week to resolve this.

    Problem 3:
    Since most of the SB left-turns from 4th are made at Massachusetts (Primarily to access the tunnel and also for going further east) and not at H, existing PM left-turn restrictions at these two locations were confusing. Most motorists were in violation of our regulatory signs.

    Solution:
    LED Blank Out (Signal section) and static sign changes will be made to allow SB left-turn at Mass all the times. SB left-turn at H will be prohibited all the times.

    Status:
    LED Blank Out sign changes have already been made. These changes should be made early next week.

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    Richard says

    I have noticed most of these changes and this is encouraging. Traffic seems to be moving better, so lets hope it continues!