Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Post, NBC Washington write about Columbia Heights traffic

The Post and NBC4 both have pieces on the traffic and construction on 14th Street, but unfortunately both are rather light on content. The NBC piece basically says there's a lot of traffic, and compares the project to Boston's Big Dig, which is kind of funny. Not much more than that, though.

The Post, however, focuses on the crossing guards on 14th Street who direct traffic, basically a fluff piece about how they're doing a great job. I've heard some complaints about them causing more harm than good and about blowing their whistles constantly, but I've got to think that having them is better than just the messed-up intersections without anybody controlling them. For one, the lights don't seem to make any sense at 14th and Kenyon/Park: there will be red lights in every direction and no cars are going, but there's also no walk signals, so people just cross willy-nilly. A Post reader wrote in to correct one part of the crossing guard story too: that residents had to demand the crossing guards be placed there. Doh.

7 comments:

Jon said...

The crossing guards are generally terrible. I've seen them wave cars across through streams of pedestrians walking with the light. I'm amazed no one has been killed yet.

Anonymous said...

often they just send text massages and let drivers fend for themselves.

kt said...

i haven't seem them do much of anything useful. it always appears to me that they are directing cars to just follow whatever the lights are doing. and if you're on a bike you're basically invisible to them.

Anonymous said...

I've maintained since day one that the crossing guards do more harm than good, and just adding to the general noise and chaos of the construction. How hard is it to follow the traffic lights?
Forget crossing guards, I'd much rather the manpower be redeployed in the form of police officers on foot patrol, or BID-type "clean and green" teams picking up trash and cleaning graffiti.

-Mr. T in DC (trouble logging in)

Anonymous said...

I haven't really been following the 14th construction too closely, but it seems like it's been going on forever. Does anyone know why it's taking so long to get it done?

Anonymous said...

The crossing guards have a job to do -- pick your own trash up, people. They ought to shut the traffic lights down and let them do their job fully.

Scott said...

One day during morning rush there were five uniformed crossing gaurds at the intersection of Irving and 14th and still a Metrobus ended up blocking the intersection trapping cars on Irving trying to transverse 14th with a green light.