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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
RESIDENTS STILL HAVING SAFETY ISSUES AFTER WOODMONT AVE. REOPENING IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)
Drivers may not see you emerging from behind these obstructions
A reader sent photos of the situation south of the new Capital Crescent Garage on Woodmont Avenue, and is hoping changes can be made to improve safety there. She said she was nearly struck while crossing the street by a vehicle that was traveling on Woodmont toward Wisconsin Avenue, where driver views were blocked that day by portable toilets.
Fence blocking sidewalk; wheelchair would be unable to pass
Other issues include faded crosswalk paint, a cabinet designated "flammable" that joins the toilets by the crosswalk, construction fences blocking the crosswalk on Woodmont at times, a need for more signage to alert drivers to the crosswalk, a potential need to add a stop sign there, and - a more minor offense, but taken as an offense by neighbors - leaving the portable toilet doors hanging open.
She said Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center Director Ken Hartman has told her he will investigate her concerns. But I want to mention this so other pedestrians will be aware in the meantime, if it hasn't been fixed already - keep in mind that drivers may not see you when you are crossing there.