Wendy’s Circle

DuPont Circle, Logan Circle, Truxton Circle……”Wendy’s Circle?”

For a city that names its grocery stores, it should not take long for our new (and still under construction) “virtual traffic circle” to get its own moniker.  The Washington Post has an article on page 1 of the Metro section about the new pattern, “New NE traffic pattern puzzles drivers — and GPS devices”.

…New York and Florida is a cacophony of odd angles that marries five streets, requires more lights than a Christmas tree and routinely backs traffic up almost to the dark side of the moon.

Confusing as the new pattern might sound, it’s designed to help, and Lisle believes it will once some additional signs are added to help people understand what it’s all about. He wants drivers to envision a circle, but another way of looking at it is to drive around Wendy’s, the burger joint that is at the epicenter of the new pattern.

And DDOT has provided yet another map to guide drivers–this one with color-coded directional arrows:

"Wendy's Circle"

From experience, the biggest problem currently is drivers leaving Eckington Place who want to go east on Florida Ave–yielding to eastbound Florida Ave traffic turning onto 1st ST is issue 1; getting over into the far right lane of New York Ave. in just 20 yards (in order to turn right onto O ST NE) is issue 2.

Hopefully, this will improve when the construction completes and drivers become accustomed to the new pattern.

Now, if only we can get a statue of Wendy on a horse…..

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