7 VotesFix it! Voted!4890 Battery Lane Bethesda, MD
Dear Dr. Gridlock,
I live on Battery Lane in Bethesda, which was just redone, probably in anticipation of an increase in traffic from the new Walter Reed complex. While the paving and painting is nice, the way things have been mapped out is poor. The driveway from my parking lot at 4890 comes out behind 4900 perpendicular to Battery Lane. With parking now allowed on my side of the street there is a significantly decreased view of traffic coming both from the left and right, where parked cars can now be found. In order to see if you can turn from the driveway onto Battery Lane you have to pull into the street, which without a clear view of the cross traffic, is very dangerous. Also, a bike lane was added on my south side off the street running right next to where the drivers doors of the parked cars open. You could just imagine a driver opening his door and clipping a biker. I really think that a few parking spaces on each side of my driveway exit need to be removed to allow tenants a safe view and exit from our parking lot. I called the MCDOT and spoke with a woman about this. She told me I'd be called by someone to chat about this. Never heard from anyone. HELP!
Beltway - Inner Loop Bethesda, MDThe Beltway Eastbound just past the Connecticut Avenue exit loses a lane on the left, forcing cars to merge from left to right, slowing traffic. If a lane on the right was lost instead, cars would merge in a more orderly and smoother right to left manner.
North Rd At Conn (Zoo Perimeter Road) Washington, DCAt least 100 of us who live facing the Zoo's North Rd got no sleep 6/7 until 1AM thanks to extremely loud nighttime/overnight non-emergency roadwork they scheduled. I've learned it's scheduled for tonight, 6/8, as well. And I've also learned thru the MPD that this is probably illegal. The zoo is unable to explain to me why this work is so urgent that it can only be performed at night. I've called 311, DPW, DDOT only to be transferred around to VM recordings stating that I will get a callback the next business day - which doesn't do a bit of good in fixing this violation set to occur tonight.
The details are:
a) DPW (673-6833) - I was told it was not their area
b) DDOT (671-3368) - I couldn't get a straight answer as to why this was being permitted or who made such decisions. I was told I was being transferred to Streets Immediate Assistance (673-6813).
c) Streets Immediate Assistance is certainly a misnomer: it has a recording saying calls would be responded to the next business day.
d) I called 311. Was told I had to talk to DDOT. Told them I already had and couldn't get a live person on the phone. They switched me again to DDOT.
e) I explained it again to DDOT. I was told I was being switched to Ramont Washington, traffic services administrator.
f) Ramont Washington's phone has a message that says calls would be returned the next business day. Again, that doesn't do any good for this evening.
This is simply a disgrace. The Zoo has lots of respect for its animals but none for its neighbors. The DC city phone lines that are supposedly set up for quick response on local emergencies are set up not to answer in a timely fashion and maybe actually fix things. Those of us who live around this street are simply furious about all this and unless the situation is resolved, we will be calling 911 at 8PM tonight.
9622 9658 Old Georgetown Rd Bethesda, MD
The sidewalks along Old Georgetown Rd. from just inside the beltway up to about Lone Oak are very overgrown, and because there's no tree lawn the users (bicyclists, walkers)are very close to very fast traffic. See photo (this is actually a bit south, but the Wyngate Citizens Assoc. cut it back!). Please cut back the brush, and maybe save a life!
UPDATE 2/19/2012: The sidewalks are much better! Not sure why the brush was cut back only about 90% though -- why not all the way?!
4708 Bradley Blvd Bethesda, MD 20815, USABradley Blvd is not wide enough for cars to successfully make a U-turn (initially going west-bound on Bradley Blvd, then U-turning to go east-bound). Cars attempt this maneuver and then have to make a three-point turn, holding up traffic and creating a dangerous situation.
5 VotesFix it! Voted!Hillandale Road chevy chase, mdHillandale Road in Chevy Chase is a drag strip to people looking to access downtown Bethesda and Little Falls Parkway to River Road. PLEASE install traffic calming or speeding cameras!
Kennedy Drive Chevy Chase , MDI live in the Kenwood neighborhood, famous for its cherry trees. Sadly, the two-week blossom period is the only time I see a police presence and we need more. Simply put, dangerous driving is pervasive here. I have witnessed and been intimidated/threatened by the following: speeding, unsafe passing that does not show due care for the pedestrian or the stroller/pets they may be walking; failure to stop at stop signs (they roll through or barely slow down before accelerating again) particularly at the corner of Kennedy/Chamberlin and Kennedy/Woodlawn and from the opposite direction they take corners recklessly, accelerating through a blind corner right turn, driver inattention due to cell phone use and failure to yield the right of way. In addition, there are deep, injury provoking potholes throughout this main artery of the neighborhood, Kennedy Drive. Ive noticed a good deal of dead animals on our roadways-- raceways, really-- and I am fearful to take walks. Lawless traffic is outside my front door and creates unsafe conditions for me and my family. There are several homes for sale here and all market their properties as 'walkable' to downtown Bethesda. While in terms of distance this is certainly the case, in terms of safely, its unsafe, a risk. Spend some time observing the traffic patters, driving behaviors and road conditions-- and you will see a real need for enforcement and repair.
2 VotesFix it! Voted!6002 Springfield Dr Bethesda, MD 20816, USAA tree on the northern side of River Road, near the Kenwood Golf Club, is overgrown and blocks sight of the leftmost traffic light at Springfield Dr for south-bound River Rd traffic.