DC speed camera on I-295 moved after safety concerns

WASHINGTON — A precariously placed speed camera in D.C. has been relocated after its initial location was called into question by AAA Mid-Atlantic earlier this week.

On Wednesday, an automated speed enforcement camera located along the northbound lanes of Interstate 295 near the Naval Research Laboratory was moved from a confined strip of pavement along a service road to a wider right shoulder down the freeway.

In a statement, D.C. police say that the camera’s previous location crowded into a lane at an unused truck inspection area.

“Despite the service lane not intended for regular traffic, we decided to move the speed camera to the side of the road out of an abundance of caution,” the statement reads.

Earlier in the week, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s John Townsend called it “one of the most unsafe speed camera locations” in the city, adding that “a driver could inadvertently crash into it and sustain major injuries.”

The camera was moved about 500 feet farther north on the right shoulder of I-295 closer to Exit 1 for the Naval Research Lab.

Mary DePompa

WTOP Traffic Reporter, Mary de Pompa has a great understanding of the D.C.-area gridlock, being a third-generation Washingtonian. If you see more than she says, call Mary on the WTOP Traffic Hotline at 202-895-5048 or email her at mdepompa@wtop.com.

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