My number one priority is pushing DDOT (District Department of Transportation) to make serious and meaningful improvements to traffic safety in our neighborhood. South Dakota Avenue in particular is in need of serious improvements. I’ve already asked DDOT to launch traffic safety investigations (TSIs) into several locations in our area.
Here's a summary of what I've asked DDOT to do in 5A09. You can follow these in detail on my TSI tracker page.
Gallatin Street: Traffic safety features including speed humps, stop sign cameras, rumble strips and/or speed cameras on Gallatin Street. Literally every single person I’ve spoken to who lives on this street has complained about speeding vehicles from industrial sites on the western end of the street.
Intersection of Galloway Street and South Dakota Ave: Putting in place bollards on the center line to prevent cars from going around cars in front of them waiting at the red light to turn right. People do this surprisingly often at this intersection and it’s super dangerous for pedestrians
Galloway Street: Asking DDOT to consider making the crosswalk on Galloway Street a raised crosswalk, and to put in place rumble-strips in both directions leading up to it. Installing a speed camera in both directions along the strip of Galloway Street east of the metro. Cars regularly fly down this road, particularly when going downhill toward SD Ave. Galloway is a major pedestrian route toward Fort Totten metro and has quickly become a busy bike route with the completion of the newest section of the MBT nearby (and Galloway is part of the most direct route between the MBT and the Anacostia River Tributary Trail System – probably the two busiest bike trails in the DC area).
South Dakota Ave: The big one: I have asked DDOT to consider multiple different safety features here, including adding red light cameras, speed cameras, additional red lights at cross streets that don’t currently have them, and to strongly consider a road diet as well as installing protected bike lanes (as identified in the 2015 Move DC plan) and potentially bus lanes. SD Ave is a highway going through residential areas and is extremely unsafe to walk or bike on. This road in particular will be a top priority for me. An older woman died crossing it in a crosswalk within sight of my apartment in the past year. My goal is to make sure that never happens again. With a major metro stop a five minute walk away and the next phase of the Modern complex coming online in the next year or so, this area will have a large amount of pedestrians and having an unsafe highway barreling through the middle of that is not sustainable.