Stalled Traffic Kept
Ambulance From Call
Two weeks ago, a NW Current reader
responded to my December 11 letter, "Repairing Klingle Would Benefit
City." As it appeared, my letter mentioned that with Klingle Road
restored, perhaps we could avoid an ambulance responding to an
emergency being trapped in traffic at Connecticut Avenue and Porter
To clarify, my original letter described
an actual incident, but it was shortened prior to publication.
A fatal choking incident occurred in
August 2002 in a restaurant on Connecticut Avenue. Traffic was so
congested that fire fighters from the nearby station could not exit
vehicles from the firehouse and were forced to respond on foot. An
ambulance carrying DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services paramedic
Ken Lyons was trapped in traffic at Connecticut Avenue and Porter
Street, unable to respond in time to save the victim's life.
Reopening Klingle Road
Means Safer Access
I would like to go on record to strongly
appeal for the reopening of Klingle Road. My reason is that it is so
difficult to get from the area I live, near American University,
across Rock Creek Park to Columbia Heights. I am a founding member of
a team of volunteers who have created a public-private partnership to
build new public schools at the corner of 16th and Irving Streets,
NW. We want to provide decent educational facilities for the children
of thousands of recent immigrants who live in Columbia Heights.
Being involved in this partnership
requires frequent trips from my home to Columbia Heights. At the
present time, the only access is by way of Porter Street. Thus, I
have to cross the dangerous and extremely slow intersection at Porter
Street and Connecticut Avenue.
Porter Street runs between Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues. When
Porter Street reaches Connecticut Avenue, there are several obstacles
that slow traffic: (1) People make either left or right turns on
Connecticut Avenue; (2) There are Metrobus stops on Porter Street at
that intersection; (3) Once one crosses Connecticut Avenue going
eastward, there is further confusion by an immediate left turn for
motorist going to the Broadmoor Apartments or going to the very busy
Adas Israel Congregation. I should state that when either left- or
right-hand turns are made, or when a bus stops to drop off or pick up
passengers, traffic is limited to only one congested lane going east
on Porter Street.
I hate to see the east and west sections
of Northwest Washington so severely divided by both the presence of
Rock Creek Park and the limitation of just one way of crossing the
park. Therefore, I think it will benefit the genera public to reopen
Klingle Road to 2-way vehicular traffic and to improve the roadbed so
that access is safe and rapid.
copyright NW Current, February 12, 2003