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City to present traffic safety recommendations for neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park

The project area includes Brightwood, Manor Park, Takoma, and more

The old Takoma Theatre at the intersection of 4th and Butternut streets NW, a two-story brick building.
The old Takoma Theatre at the intersection of 4th and Butternut streets NW (2010)
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On September 9, D.C. transportation officials will unveil street safety recommendations for the city’s northernmost neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park, including Takoma, Manor Park, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, Lamond Riggs, and Colonial Village. The Fourth District station of the Metropolitan Police Department will host a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the last community workshop for the project planned by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The Fourth District office is located at 6001 Georgia Avenue NW.

DDOT is currently conducting a study of the area, referred to as Rock Creek East 1. The area is lined by Military Road NW, Missouri Avenue NW, and Riggs Road NE to the south, Rock Creek Park and the Maryland border to the west, Eastern Avenue the north, and Metro’s Red Line tracks and New Hampshire Avenue NE to the east. “The purpose of this neighborhood study is to enhance the community quality of life through improvements to transportation safety and connections to destinations for all modes,” the agency said in a release this week.

Over the past several years, dozens of traffic collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have taken place within the study area, according to city data. DDOT says its street safety recommendations will be based on residents’ comments from previous community meetings and online submissions. They will cover short-, medium-, and long-term actions.

D.C. is pursuing a broader Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024. Thus far in 2019, 16 people have died as a result of road crashes within the city limits.

A map of the Rock Creek East 1, showing a bounded area around Brightwood, Shepherd Park, Takoma, Colonial Village, Manor Park, and Lamond Riggs.
The Rock Creek East 1 study area
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