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D.C. is finalizing recommendations for traffic calming in the city’s westernmost area

Planning officials will present their findings for Rock Creek Far West August 27

Cars travel along MacArthur Boulevard NW in D.C.’s Palisades neighborhood, with stores in the background.
Traffic on MacArthur Boulevard NW in Palisades
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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to hold its final meeting on would-be road safety changes for neighborhoods west of Wisconsin Avenue NW August 27. DDOT representatives will discuss their recommendations for the design changes at Horace Mann Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The project area—called Rock Creek Far West by the city—includes Palisades, Spring Valley, Glover Park, and other neighborhoods.

The recommendations range from new sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes to intersection reconfigurations. The boundaries of the project are Massachusetts Avenue NW, Whitehaven Street NW, Whitehaven Parkway NW, Archbold Parkway NW, Foundry Branch Valley Park NW, the Potomac River, and D.C.’s border with Maryland. This will be the third community meeting on the project, and DDOT says it is working from past studies and public comments.

“Recommendations for intersections and streets are developed to provide solutions that do not shift the problem to adjacent blocks or intersections,” notes the project’s website. After the August 27 meeting, DDOT will conduct “pop-up demonstrations” of the traffic changes “during popular community events.” The project is part of Vision Zero, the city’s initiative to eradicate traffic deaths and significant injuries by 2024. The initiative was launched in 2015.

A map of the Rock creek Far West project area, which is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue NW, Whitehaven Street NW, Whitehaven Parkway NW, Archbold Parkway NW, Foundry Branch Valley Park NW, the Potomac River, and D.C.’s border with Maryland.
Map of the Rock Creek Far West project area
D.C. government