DDOT to Address ADA Issues with Park Place Sidewalk

img_1157***UPDATE – March 5***

Signs went up on Friday, March 3rd, showing that work may begin on fixing the section of sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Princeton as early as March 6th and is expected to be completed by March 18, 2017. Minor delays may occur due to weather. As mentioned below, the project not only will level out the sidewalk in this area, but will also raise the curb. In speaking to DDOT, they do not anticipate that this will create any problem with doors opening from parked cars once completed.

[Original Post – March 3]

Section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place.

Section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place.

After sustained efforts by residents and me, DDOT has determined that they will rebuild the section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place. This sidewalk section was originally replaced back in June 2016 — not once, but twice. The first time it was poured the sidewalk was too low compared to the steps leading up to the houses, so it was raised creating a severe slop closer to the street so that the sidewalk could connect with the curb. It was quickly pointed out to DDOT that this created a safety hazard, yet they responded that they had to do this to make the sidewalk ADA compliant.

Yet, with sustained advocacy, DDOT’s ADA person finally visited the site and agreed that while the sidewalk was now ADA compliant the way it sloped to meet the curb was not. So, DDOT has decided to raise the curb to align with the existing compliant sidewalk.

While I have not yet received notification on when the work will start, it has been marked up to show what section needs to be rebuilt.

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4 Comments on “DDOT to Address ADA Issues with Park Place Sidewalk”

  1. Cesar Says:

    Hi Kent,

    I’m glad to hear DDOT will rebuild that section of the sidewalk. We walk everyday around there and indeed it’s kind of dangerous. is there any way they can do tree boxes from Otis all the way to Irving?

  2. Diane Says:

    Good news! I wonder if they’ll ever fix the sidewalk ‘repair’ that left us with the (well, not sure what to call them), mini-embankments at a handful of corners on Warder Street.

  3. rider Says:

    I hope the contractor that did the work originally is footing the bill to make it compliant, not the DC taxpayer paying 3x for the same sidewalk.


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