Urgent request to address 495N congestion at the American Legion Bridge near GW PKWY
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We have a traffic crisis in the neighborhoods surrounding the where Georgetown Pike hits the Beltway - which has been exacerbated since the extension of the hot lanes. The significant congestion on the beltway has motivated commuters to cut through our residential streets (as evidenced by the very high proportion of Maryland plates) trying to bypass the backup on 495 itself as well as the arterial roads that feed the 495 north entrance. Our neighborhood streets were not meant for this type of traffic volume. A recent traffic study on Carper St of northbound traffic during the evening rush (4:00-7:00PM) found that 400 cars traveled northbound during that period and that over 40 percent of these cars (or 159 cars) exceeded 35 mph (with 29 of these exceeding 47 mph). This is a street with over 20 elementary school-aged (or younger) children. Cars are passing each other on single lane roads. There have been incidents of residents being the victim of road rage from pass through drivers. We fear for the safety of our children in this environment, as well as the inconvenience of sitting in traffic on our own minor streets to get to our homes. Some of us have left our cars blocks away and have walked. This is an untenable situation that requires an urgent response. We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with our representatives at the Federal (since 495 is an interstate highway), and State level as well as from VDOT to explain what is happening in our neighborhoods, and to hear how the problem is being, or can be addressed as soon as possible given immediate safety concerns.
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