DDOT proposes changes to intersection of Spring, 13th and Kansas Avenue

DDOT proposes changes to lanes, lights and traffic direction at this convoluted intersection.

The Department of Transportation (DDOT) sent a Notice of Intent to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C regarding their proposed changes to traffic patterns at Spring Road, 13th Street and Kansas Avenue NW for safety improvements.

According to DDOT, the proposal is based on recommendations from the Rock Creek East Livability Study II, and is designed to increase pedestrian safety where these three roads merge together. DDOT is recommending changes to traffic signals as well as the construction of new turning lanes and convert some sections to one-way to help traffic flow.

  • Construct a right-turn lane on northbound 13th Street, with a protected right-turn arrow and “No turn on Red” signs. They hope this will resolve safety issues with pedestrians crossing Kansas Avenue and cars turning right.

  • Add pedestrian signals to crossing of Quebec Place, as well as Kansas and Spring Road crossings.

  • Relocate pedestrian signals to improve crossings.

  • Build / update the sidewalk ramps (ensuring ADA compliance).

  • Convert Kansas Avenue between Spring Road and 13th Street to one-way southbound.

  • Prohibit left turns from northbound 13th Street to Kansas Avenue.

  • Prohibit left turns from southbound 13th Street to Kansas Avenue and Quebec Place.

  • Prohibit right turns from southbound 13th Street to Spring Road.

  • Prohibit left turns from southbound Kansas Avenue to Spring Road.

  • Upgrade the signal infrastructure at the intersection.

  • Upgrade street lights to LED.

Description of some changes to the Spring, Kansas and 13th intersection (credit: DDOT)

You can submit comments until Friday, November 21st to Ted Van Houten via email or snail mail DDOT, Project Delivery Administration, 55 M Street SE, Wash DC 20003.