Upcoming DDOT meeting about Grant & Sherman Circles, decision on one-lane announced

One possible option for a change to the current two-lane design of Grant Circle (DDOT)

The Department of Transportation sent out an email about an upcoming community meeting to discuss their analysis of their recent one-lane test on Grant Circle, and next steps for Grant and Sherman Circles. Both Circles can seem like a game of frogger for pedestrians.

In the email, Ted Van Houten, DDOT's transportation planner working on this project, said that DDOT has determined that a change to one-lane for Grant Circle is not feasible, and they will be presenting a two-lane solution to address traffic and safety concerns.

DDOT is looking to meet with community members on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-8:00pm in the gymnasium of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (4501 Kansas Avenue NW).

MPD on scene at a hit-and-run between a pedestrian and vehicle on June 28, 2017 (photo courtesy ANC 4D Commissioner Amy Hemingway)

In a sad yet timely reminder of the importance of this issue, there was a hit-and-run on Sherman Circle on June 28th. A pedestrian was hit crossing the Circle, and the driver left the scene. I hear the pedestrian is not seriously injured, but near-misses are way too common on both Circles.

I'm interested in seeing DDOT's report, considering DDOT closed two major inlets into Grant Circle the same week of the one-week test of a one-lane Circle. Not surprised traffic was backed up. Hopefully a proposed two-lane design can dramatically improve vehicle and pedestrian safety.

DDOT's email is below:

I am writing to notify you of a community meeting regarding Grant Circle and Sherman Circle. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Kansas Avenue Campus, 4501 Kansas Avenue NW, Gymnasium.

The meeting is to follow up on a previous community meeting held in May. At the July meeting, we will present recent data analysis for both Grant Circle and Sherman Circle and share next steps.

We will also be presenting data analysis from the recent one-lane trial period at Grant Circle. We have completed the initial analysis of this trial period, and we have determined that reducing Grant Circle to one lane is not feasible at this point. At the July meeting, we will present the full analysis, as well as refined two-lane designs for Grant Circle that address safety concerns and manage traffic.

We invite the community to attend the meeting and share thoughts, concerns, and ideas.

Please spread the word to your neighbors.

Thank you.

Ted Van Houten
Transportation Planner

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