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The Porter Street speeding camera is gone

Good news for crosstown drivers: One of the city’s most notorious speeding cameras has been removed from a major route across Rock Creek Park.

The camera was located on westbound Porter Street NW near Beach Drive. Placed near the nadir of Rock Creek Valley, it was in prime position to catch drivers zooming down the hill from Mount Pleasant — but that’s not the half of it.

Jack McKay, a longtime advisory neighborhood commissioner in Mount Pleasant, explained in a Greater Greater Washington post some of the other reasons why the camera, and the 30 mph speed limit it enforced, rankled so much: “It’s a four-lane divided roadway, limited access, no residences, no businesses, no crosswalks, no cross traffic, and it’s no wonder that drivers speed up at this point, not because they’re crazy speedsters, but because the road is clearly built for higher speeds.”

Under a 2006 city speed study and generally accepted traffic engineering principles, McKay argued, the limit should be 35 mph, if not 40.

NewsChannel 8’s Bruce DePuyt noted it was missing this morning, and police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the Porter Street camera was one of five mobile units moved last week.

“Because we have limited resources, we move the portables to new sites once we see that they have reduced speeding in a specific location,” she said in an e-mail. “If we see that speeding resumes there (or at any site), we may put a vehicle or portable back at a site.”

Crump has not responded to a query on where those five cameras are now.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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