Baltimore-Washington Parkway Traffic Safety Plan

The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was built
in 1954 as a scenic entry to the nation’s capital. In its first years of operation,
the Parkway had an average daily traffic count of around 21,000 vehicles. Today, over 125,000
vehicles use the Parkway daily. The Parkway now serves as an important route not only
to the capital, but also employment centers and neighborhoods up and down the corridor.
This added pressure on the Parkway has resulted in significant concerns regarding traffic
safety. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway Traffic Safety Study was a recommendation that came out of our National Capital Region–National Park Service Traffic Safety Symposium. We had the Symposium in May of 2013, and it was a forum to engage our park staff, as well
as external partners, in arriving at some approaches to improving safety across the
National Park Service system inside National Capital Region. We wanted to take a comprehensive
4-E approach. The 4-Es of safety are: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Response.
There’s a lot of concern about the safety of what’s going on there. Through this effort,
we want to bring in a lot of stakeholders–people who are employers, shopping centers along
the Parkway, other stakeholders such as local and state agencies–and bring everybody together,
create more synergy among all those affected, and start implementing actions as soon as
possible. We need to bring attention to the problems on the Parkway, so we want to capture
everything we’re doing and present it to the public through the media, so that we can create
even more synergy and bring in, possibly, more stakeholders… …and use their knowledge
and gather their experiences to really develop some usable solutions to improve safety along
the corridor.

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