The District announced today that it is re-routing a troublesome intersection to make it, well, possibly worse.
The intersection of Florida and New York Avenues has been an anarchist's dream - at First St. hand gestures are more helpful than lights (not to mention the open-air marketeers that seem to have philosophical differences with local drug enforcement policies).
The revised traffic pattern will make Florida Avenue one-way (northwest) for two blocks, rerouting southeast traffic off of Florida, across and onto New York, then to O Street, then back onto Florida. Northbound drivers on First St. will find themselves heading out New York Avenue, like it or not, perhaps somewhat approximating northbound 395 drivers that get sent out New York Avenue for the crime having just avoided traffic signals. Both sets of drivers will now merge as they are sent out of town via New York Avenue.