Washington, DC

“Dear PoP,

What is up with the increasing number of DDoT employees directing traffic at intersections with working traffic lights? I noticed this first around the construction at Park and 14th, and at Florida and New York (at the latter it was not needed), but it seems to be spreading. This morning, there was a guy directing traffic, for no apparent reason, at 9th and O – the light was working fine, there is no construction there, and it isn’t even a spot where traffic regularly backs up during rush hour!

Is this some kind of job creation scheme? If so, I’d like to know who to start complaining to – it seems like a huge waste of tax dollars.”

Hmm, I’ll send this to DDOTDC on twitter and see what they have to say. Could they possibly be crossing guards for children on a school route? Has anyone else noticed folks directing traffic at intersections without construction or other visible problems?


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