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DDOT Kicks Off Tree Planting Season

October 9, 2017

The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation announced the kick off of the 2017-2018 tree planting season last week and aims to plant more than 8,000 trees throughout DC.

A quick look at the tree planting map shows where new trees will be planted in our area. Each year, DDOT plants new street trees in empty tree boxes based on tree planting requests.

(Detail of 2017-2018 tree planting map.)

The full DDOT press release is below:

(Washington, DC) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Urban Forestry Division (UFD) kicked off the 2017-2018 tree planting season this week and set an ambitious goal to plant more than 8,000 trees.

“DDOT maintains more than 215,000 trees throughout the District,” said DDOT Interim Director Jeff Marootian. “We are committed to planting new trees, while simultaneously maintaining our existing ones. Urban forestry improves the environment and enhances quality of life. The District is recognized as a national leader in urban tree canopy and currently enjoys a 38.7 percent urban tree canopy. Our goal is to reach 40 percent by 2020. This planting season will move us even closer to that goal.”

DDOT employs a team of 25 arborist who plant and care for the District’s trees, partner with interested organizations, and educate residents on the benefits of urban tree canopy. Tree planting season runs from mid-autumn through mid-spring, depending on weather. This past season, the team planted more than 8,200 trees, exceeding its 8,000 goal.

In June, the team also introduced its DC Tree Watering Application, which helps users locate trees in all eight wards that need watering, tag trees they water, upload photos, and report trees in need of care (e.g., a tree has a beehive). The app also includes a story map with information about tree species found throughout the District.

For more information about the Urban Forestry Division and the tree planting season, and a map of the planned tree planting locations, visit DDOT’s Urban Forestry website.

Images from DDOT’s Library & Archives

September 1, 2017

A friend recently reminded me about the photos on the DDOT Library and Archives tumblr page. Overall, I found many of the images interesting, but only found a few from our area. DDOT has other photo pages as well, including DDOT Back in Time which may be of interest.

Park Road view west toward 14th Street, dated March 20, 1967.

14th Street just north of Park Road with view toward south, dated March 20, 1967.

New Crosswalks Signs Installed on New Hampshire at Otis Place, NW

May 25, 2017

Yesterday new signs were installed for the HAWK light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Unlike a traditional stoplight, at this intersection pedestrians push the button to activate flashing lights, which in turn are intended to stop traffic so that the pedestrians can cross the street. However, cars frequently do not stop for the flashing lights.

As you can see from the photos, the new signs include a stop sign graphic, include the phrase “DC Law”, and have a separate sign below the flashing lights that states “Up to $250 fine”. This is a significant upgrade from the old signs installed in August 2010 which merely indicated that there was a crosswalk.

Time will tell if the new signs increase the number of vehicles that stop for pedestrians, but I’m happy to see DDOT is aware of the need to improve safety at this intersection.

North Capitol Street Resurfacing Begins, Work Duration Expected to be Four Weeks

May 17, 2017

For anyone who uses North Capitol Street, here is a heads up that was released yesterday stating that work to resurface North Capitol has begun and is expected to take 4 weeks. The impacted area is from Florida Avenue (south) to New Hampshire Avenue (north). North Capitol is a convenient way to or leave the neighborhood to many points south, so this is sure to impact area drivers during this period.

Text of the DDOT news release can be found here or below:

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin roadway resurfacing on North Capitol Street today, May 16, weather permitting.

The work, to be conducted from New Hampshire Avenue NW to Florida Avenue NW, is expected to take 4 weeks to complete.

Work will generally be conducted from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday; and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday; however, certain sections will be worked on from 9:00 pm to 5:00am, Monday through Friday.

During construction, at least one lane will be open in each direction. Curbside parking will not be available on some sections of North Capitol Street during work times. Parking restriction signs will be posted 72 hours in advance at locations where parking will not be allowed. Each sign will list the duration of the restriction and the engineer-in-charge’s contact information.

Variable message signs will be in place to guide motorists. DDOT encourages all motorists traveling through the work zone to stay alert.

Crosswalk Improvements Coming to Irving by Hospital Center

April 17, 2017

After a lot of advocacy, it looks like a controlled crosswalk is finally being installed at Irving and Hobart streets to permit pedestrians to safely cross to the Washington Hospital Center. I know that a lot of people let DDOT know that this was a priority during the Crosstown Multimodal Study workshops. Below are a few photos showing progress so far.

DDOT Repairs Sidewalk on Park Place North of Newton

March 24, 2017

I’m happy to report that the wonky section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Newton was repaired yesterday. The issue with this section of sidewalk was a severe slope down to the curb that was created when the sidewalk was replaced in June 2016. After much patience and perseverance on my part — and engagement by neighbors on this block (thank you team!) —  DDOT came out, reinspected the section, and came up with a better solution to address the ADA and safety issues related to this stretch of sidewalk.

As you can see below, this has all paid off with a far safer sidewalk for all.

DDOT to Address ADA Issues with Park Place Sidewalk

March 3, 2017

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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