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New Speed Camera Comes To Glover Park

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ANC3B Chairman Brian Cohen says drivers on Wisconsin Avenue NW need to slow down.
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ANC3B Chairman Brian Cohen says drivers on Wisconsin Avenue NW need to slow down.

A D.C. neighborhood is getting a new tool to slow down drivers after a project that took away a car lane on a very busy avenue was scrapped.

The speed limit on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park is 25 miles an hour. You don't need a radar gun to know some drivers speed. You don't even need a pair of eyes; just listen to the sound of revving car engines.

A frustrated ANC3B chairman Brian Cohen says, "Cars on Wisconsin Avenue—in particular, cars coming down the hill into Glover Park's commercial district with lots of pedestrians and bicycle riders and congestion—were going too fast."

Today, D.C. police installed a speed camera north of the Calvert Street intersection where Wisconsin Avenue is six lanes wide during rush hour: three north, three south. Neighborhood residents requested the speed cam after the District Department of Transportation ended a traffic-calming experiment that took away a car lane. Motorists, including D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, complained the new lane configuration caused gridlock.

"I am frustrated. I am frustrated we have not yet to date been able to work out a solution that keeps everybody happy here," says Cohen.

Cohen says ANC3B is asking DDOT for more speed cameras, traffic signals that let pedestrians stop traffic so they can cross, and better crosswalks. He says DDOT has not given an indication if it will follow through. DDOT also did not respond to WAMU's request for comment.

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