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D.C. Dept. Of Transportation Works On Pedestrian Improvements

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By David Schultz

George Branyan, the Disctrict Department of Transportation pedestrian program coordinator, says everyone assumes the most dangerous intersections are downtown. He says those intersections are among the busiest in the District.

"But those are not actually not the highest pedestrian crash intersections," he says. "The highest crash intersections are 14th and U, and actually Benning and Minnesota out in Northeast."

Branyan says the problem at Benning Road is that the bus stops there are too far apart. He says DDOT is looking into this.

At 14th and U, Branyan says pedestrians have been getting hit by cars making right turns. He says DDOT changed the timing of the traffic lights at 14th and U, so pedestrians can start walking a few seconds before cars get a green light.

"Every intersection has it's own dynamics," Branyan says.

Branyan says his department is putting more emphasis on making the District pedestrian-friendly.

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