The traffic pattern at the intersection of 4th & M Street changed on March 1. DDOT officials were directing traffic on Tuesday morning as crews made adjustments to the traffic lights. Several readers have expressed frustration with the changes over the past couple of days. Reader PostIt described the new traffic cycle in a comment on another post like this:
1. M Street traffic east/west (no left turn arrow in either direction anymore) -- pedestrians cross 4th street East/West2. Left turn arrow only for 4th street turning left from both directions, while also a right turn arrow for M street west/east bound -- no pedestrian traffic3. 4th street North/south bound (no left turns) -- pedestrians cross M street North/South4. Cycle back to step 1.
A representative from DDOT came to the January ANC 6D meeting to discuss some of the changes coming to the intersection, which has been the scene of a few pedestrian collisions since 4th Street reopened last spring. Some of the proposed changes include adjusting walk times depending on the time of day (at around 9:15AM on Wednesday, the pedestrian count was just 20 seconds to cross M Street); enhanced signage; and no right turn on red. There will also be police enforcement of traffic violations. In the brief time I was waiting at the intersection to turn right onto M Street on Wednesday morning, I saw a truck make an illegal U-turn on westbound M Street - no police though at that time. Eventually, the M Street corridor will be studied as a "complete street", as mentioned by former DDOT director Gabe Klein back in November. Anyone notice whether the walk times are different depending on the time of day?