Signal Timing Snarls Traffic Flow and Drivers' Patience

New traffic light at New York Avenue, Bladensburg Road designed to help pedestrians

By Kathy Banks
|  Thursday, Dec 10, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Signal Timing Snarls Traffic Flow and Drivers' Patience

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A new traffic signal is supposed to help pedestrians cross a busy intersection in northeast Washington. Unfortunately, it's also causing a traffic nightmare for commuters.

The DC Department of Transportation installed the pedestrian signal Wednesday at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road.

It makes green lights shorter than usual, so pedestrians have more time to cross New York Avenue's eight lanes and two islands.  

However, traffic flow has slowed down dramatically in that area, which is already a mess during rush hours.

Transportaton officials say they are now working on the signal timing and hope to find a balance so it's beneficial for both pedestrians and drivers.

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