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Route 29, Where Are You?

Attention DDOT: This Route 29 sign is still posted. (Photo by Michael E. Grass)

Attention DDOT: This Route 29 sign is still posted. (Photo by Michael E. Grass)

In the not-really-news-but-still-sorta-interesting department, City Desk gets results! You may recall that I've been closely following the saga of some signs around Dupont Circle that have pointed drivers in the direction of Route 29, a U.S. highway connecting the Baltimore area with Pensacola, Fla. The problem is, as I first pointed out more than five years ago, Route 29 hasn't traveled through Dupont Circle for years, yet the outdated signs still lingered.

Though the power of Twitter and some periodic nagging, most of the incorrectly placed signs have been removed. The District Department of Transportation recently alerted me that the signs were coming down, so earlier today, I hoofed it down to Dupont to check up on the city's sign-removal work first hand. As Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign team says: No rhetoric, just results!

There is still one Route 29 sign still posted by Dupont Circle, pictured here, where southbound Connecticut Avenue enters the circle adjacent to the Starbucks and PNC bank branch. Even so, the removal of most of the signs should get The Needle to inch up a few slots today. Our quality of life has improved with reduced Route 29 confusion! (In case you're a cartographer wondering, Route 29 enters the District from the south at the Key Bridge, then runs along the Whitehurst Freeway, K Street NW, 11th Street, Rhode Island Avenue, 6th Street, and Florida Avenue, where it turns up Georgia Avenue and heads north to Silver Spring, where it becomes Colesville Road.)

Our next sign removal project? Attention Metro ...

A spy in Foggy Bottom passes along this photo of an aging Metrobus sign on Benito Juarez Circle outside the Watergate complex.


If you call the number listed on the sign, 637-2437—assuming the area code is 202—nobody picks up. It would be cool to call the number and get Metro customer service circa 1978!

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  • Contrarian

    How about posting the US 29, US 1 and US 50 in the correct and useful places thru the city?

  • Michael E. Grass

    The Route 29 sign pictured here could be reused to mark the connector ramp from the Key Bridge to the Whitehurst Freeway.

  • Ignacio

    Because this is DC, and when has the city government ever done anything correct and useful, since perhaps the latter years of WWII?

  • Rick Mangus

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • IMGoph

    take down the sign yourself, mike, and save it. these babies are collector's items!

  • Froggie

    Sadly, I know (and IMGoph has probably heard of) a few people who would do just that...take the signs as collector's items...

  • Froggie

    As a side note, I'm curious where you got your routing information from. According to FHWA shapefiles, Route 29 uses 13th St between K and Logan Circle (ADC maps also show this routing), while 29 also goes directly from Rhode Island Ave to 7th St...though with this latter one, you can't make the left turn so RIA to 6th to FL to 7th makes sense in the northbound direction.