Signalization of Chevy Chase Circle at the roundabout's Western Avenue approaches isn't likely to happen soon, Chevy Chase Village Manager Shana Davis-Cook reported at a village board meeting on Monday.
Both the DC Department of Transportation and the advisory neighborhood commission for the Chevy Chase neighborhood in Washington, DC, have been in favor of adding traffic signals to the Western Avenue approaches to Chevy Chase Circle, according to a letter written by the Chevy Chase, DC, advisory neighborhood commission to the National Park Service.
But the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers has been less enthusiastic about adding traffic signals to Chevy Chase Circle—a historic landmark under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The signals could, Board Chair Patricia Baptiste has argued, back traffic up in the village for several blocks.
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At an Oct. 1 meeting of representatives of Chevy Chase Village, the District Department of Transportation, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the National Park Service and the offices of Maryland Senator Richard Madaleno, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, DC Council Member Mary Cheh, Montgomery County Council Chief of Staff Glenn Orlin and Congressman Christopher Van Hollen (in all, 25 people attended the meeting, Davis-Cook reported), "DDOT officials heard loud and clear that they must continue to work with the neighboring jurisdictions—including Chevy Chase Village—on any proposed signalization of Chevy Chase Circle," Davis-Cook reported in a memo to the village board.
"Any potential signals will not be installed any time soon. There is lengthy work ahead for the District, and an extensive review process to obtain National Park Service approval" to alter the circle in any way, Davis-Cook added in the memo.
DDOT agreed "to spend minimal dollars" assessing where the proposed signals would need to be installed and which (if any) trees would need to be removed or trimmed to allow for installation or maintenance of the proposed signals. DDOT also agreed to provide the National Park Service with elevation drawings illustrating what the new signals would look like in the circle. No deadline was given, Davis-Cook reported in the memo.
Once the National Park Service has received this information, it will indicate whether or not it is likely to support installation of the proposed signals in the circle.
"If NPS provides preliminary support, DDOT will coordinate with the neighboring jurisdictions to perform a multi-jurisdictional traffic impact study, the results of which will be submitted to NPS as a formal request for approval," Davis-Cook's memo concluded.
Read more about the proposed signalization of Chevy Chase Circle on Patch:
- Should Chevy Chase Circle Have Traffic Signals? (Chevy Chase Patch, July 2, 2012)
- Chevy Chase Circle Divides Chevy Chase MD, DC (Chevy Chase Patch, July 12, 2012)
Editor's note: This article has been corrected. The original article stated that a representative of the advisory neighborhood commission in the Chevy Chase, DC, neighborhood had attended the Oct. 1 meeting. That is not correct, according to Commissioner Carolyn A. Cook. Chevy Chase Patch regrets the error.