Grant Circle traffic study closes lane

The May 2017 lane closures on Grant Circle and New Hampshire Avenue NW are part of a D.C. Department of Transportation safety study. (Brian Kapur/The Current/March 2015)

One travel lane near and along Grant Circle NW will be closed for the week in order for the D.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a study on traffic conditions in the area.

The agency has shut down one lane of Grant Circle as well as the northbound lane of New Hampshire Avenue NW between the circle and Upshur Street, reducing travel to a single lane, according to a news release. The closure was scheduled to begin Sunday evening and to last through Saturday, May 27, at noon.

The traffic study aims to improve transportation safety for all Grant Circle users and to slow down speeding drivers, according to the Transportation Department, which plans to collect data and make field observations during the weeklong analysis. The agency’s “livability study” for the area offered recommendations last fall that included reducing Grant Circle to a single travel lane in order to provide a bicycle lane and safer pedestrian crossings, and studying a possible bike lane on New Hampshire.