The results aren’t all in yet for the pedestrian crossing pattern at 7th and H Street NW known as a Barnes Dance, but the District Department of Transportation is already trying it again somewhere else: New Jersey and M Streets SE, right next to the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters. The intersection has gotten hairier in the last few years, both as commuters cross from the subway station to work at the DOT during rush hour and to get to the Nats Stadium before and after games. Plus, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood himself was “really, really worried” about his employees’ safety after two people were struck near that very intersection in April and August.
George Branyan, DDOT’s pedestrian safety guy, says the dancing should start after the new year.
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