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Vol. LXVI, No. 14
July 4, 2014

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Have a question about some aspect of working at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at (click on the Feedback icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.

Feedback: Has the Old Georgetown Rd. and South Dr. entrance been evaluated for a walk signal? I have seen a number of pedestrians, bikes and runners who are unaware that the light has turned green to exit campus, or that the left arrow is green for turning into South Dr. This does not seem safe and employees assume they can drive when they have a green light. Those on the sidewalk need a don’t-walk signal.

“don’t walk” symbol

Response from ORF: The Office of Research Facilities visited the intersection in question and observed that there are a pair of functioning crosswalk signals visible to pedestrians and cyclists moving north and south along Old Georgetown Rd. The “don’t walk” symbol is clearly discernible and fully illuminated on both fixture heads. If there continues to be concern with the signals on Old Georgetown Rd., since they are not part of NIH property, ORF suggests contacting the Maryland State Highway Administration, Office of Traffic and Safety at 1-888-963-0307.

Feedback: Is there a map of campus parking that identifies where the different parking permits are allowed, i.e. red vs. general vs. carpool and how many spaces are located in these lots for each type? Just seems that it might help the endless aimless driving of some as they try to find a place to park. Thanks.

Response from ORS: The Office of Research Services offers a map identifying parking for employees and visitors. The map includes surface parking areas as well as Multi Level Parking (MLP) garages. To view this map visit

We currently do not have a map that identifies the locations of the different types of campus parking spaces due to the breadth and complexity of some of the parking lots and garages, but we will explore if this is feasible in a web-based format. However, in general, carpool and red permit spaces are usually found closer to a building on surface lots and the lower levels of MLPs. In addition, designated parking and individually reserved spaces are appropriately marked with highly visible signage.

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