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Ward 1 Guy -- there are two issues. 1. is building roads to an engineering design capable of very fast speeds in excess of what should be driven in a center city. That's the problem with N. Capitol (and it was built this way in anticipation of the construction of I-70/I-270 on either side of the Metrpolitan Branch railroad).

2. In the 1970s and the oil crisis when the US DOT forced a reduction of speeds on highways to save gasoline, there was a significant drop in highway deaths/accidents. Not so much from a reduction in accidents on Interstates, but because of a concomitant drop in speed on non-freeway roads and a complementary reduction in accidents and deaths.

So a reduction in authorized speed, regardless of the engineering design of the road and the level of speed it enables, done in accordance with the land use context, will likely reduce traffic deaths, although frankly, in DC, there aren't that many, although one is too many.


by Richard Layman on Apr 2, 2012 8:16 pm • linkreport

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