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Potholepalooza Kicks Off Today!

April 3, 2017

Mayor Bowser at the kickoff of the 2015 Potholepalooza.

Mayor Bowser is kicking off the 2017 Potholepalooza today at 10:30 a.m. Potholepalooza is the annual campaign to speed up pothole repairs throughout D.C. by responding to service requests within 48 hours for 30 days. This year’s launch will be at the 2200 block of 19th Street, between Kalorama and Columbia roads, NW.

Mayor Bowser will be joined by Jeff Marootian, deputy director of the D.C. Department of Transportation for the launch.

Residents are encouraged to report potholes by calling 311, utilizing social media or contacting the city through online forms and emails. Visit the pothole repair site here and request repairs here.

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.

Water Main Replacement Project Planned for Columbia Heights

March 22, 2017

Map showing streets impacted by water main replacement project.

DC Water is currently working to schedule a water main replacement project in the Columbia Heights area. The impacted streets will be Irving, Columbia, Harvard, Girard, Fairmont, and Clifton between 13th and 14th Streets. DC Water is in the process of coordinating with DDOT and WMATA and working through the permitting process. The project could begin in April or May.

The mains to be replaced in Columbia Heights are approximately 100 years old, and one of several locations that are part of a much larger project.

When work commences, it will impact two streets at a time. The first sweep will focus on replacing the water mains on each street, which will be followed by all the lead connector service lines from the mains to the edge of the public space being replaced with copper lines if they are lead. DC Water estimates it will take about two to three weeks to work on each block.

While the work is necessary, it will be disruptive to both the immediate community and those who travel through the neighborhood. During construction, parking will not be permitted on affected blocks. Every attempt will be made to keep the streets open to traffic, though there could be occasional times when a street closure is necessary. It is also worth noting that both Irving Street and Columbia Road currently support Metro Bus and shuttles between the Columbia Heights Metro Station and the Washington Hospital Center.

Representatives from DC Water will be attending the ANC1A meeting on April 12th where they will share additional details.


Metro Planning to Install Raised Vent Shafts on New Hampshire Avenue

January 5, 2017
Metro plans to raise the

Metro plans to raise the vent shafts for the Georgia Avenue station currently protected by sandbags.

In mid-December I reached out to Metro and asked them to remove the sandbags that are located around the vent shaft grates by the CVS and former Sweet Mango on New Hampshire Avenue. The bags were originally placed around these grates around September 30, 2016, to prevent anticipated flooding from the remnant of Hurricane Irene, an event that turned out to be over rated. Over the months, some of the bags had begun to break and spill sand, creating a mess.

While WMATA originally agreed to remove the bags, they quickly followed up that there is a longer-term plan to raise the vent shafts at these two locations to prevent water intrusion and that the bags would be replaced with newer bags instead. I don’t have a date for the anticipated work, but will follow up when I do.

DC Water Projects in our Area

March 17, 2016

DC Water is busy with projects in our general area. Here are two that I think are noteworthy.

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Location of service line replacements, water main installation, and new hydrant replacements.

Just to the north of the neighborhood, DC Water is replacing existing 12-inch and smaller cast iron water mains in various locations. The efforts will help improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some area, and maintain adequate flows throughout the system. Constructions for this project is occurring on Rock Creek Church Road between Randolph Street and 5th Street, but will also include some work portions of 4th Street and Quincy Street.

The scope of work includes:

  • Installation of approximately 2,400 linear feet of 8-inch water mains;
  • Replacement of service lines (lead and/or other) in public space, as needed; and,
  • Replacement of fire hydrants and valves.

Expected completion date of this project is April 2016 (Read full news release here).

New hydrant(New hydrant located at Rock Creek Church Road and 5th Street, NW)

The other DC Water project is at Fairmont Street and Georgia Avenue, NW, which will involve the replacement of a 20-inch gate valve and a portion of the pipeline.

The project is scheduled to begin on March 21, 2016 and estimated to be completed by August 12, 2016. The project may involve lane closures and reduce area parking during some phases of construction.

(Read full news release here).

Limited Power Outage Scheduled for Tonight in Northern Park View

March 24, 2015

Pepco is doing some maintenance work in the northern part of the neighborhood and power will be off in the affected area tonight from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.  The outage will impact customers on the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Rd., 600 block of Quebec Pl., 3600 block of Park. Pl., 3600 block of Warder St. NW, and the 700 block of Princeton Pl. NW. Residents living in this area should have already received a door hanger alerting them of the disruption (example below).

Pepco outage sign(Pepco notice from door hanger)

The scheduled outage tonight is so that Pepco can replace a module. As this is an overnight outage, residents on the relevant blocks should plan accordingly with regards to alarm clocks and devices that require charging.

Summary of DDOT’s Ward 1 Projects Meeting

October 28, 2014
DDOT's Interim Director, Matthew Brown, answering community questions.

DDOT’s Interim Director, Matthew Brown, answering community questions.

The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Ward 1 Projects Update meeting, held at the Columbia Heights Community Center on October 27, 2014, consisted of a broad rundown of the projects DDOT currently has in the pipeline for Ward 1. With DDOT’s Don Edwards acting as the facilitator, different DDOT staff members got up in turn to speak about their part of the presentation. Community questions were reserved for the end of the presentation.

The meeting began with an overview of the Transportation Development Process as a framework for the life cycle of a project. This was followed by an introduction to the goals and status of moveDC, DDOT’s long-term vision plan. The final moveDC document was released on October 21, and those wanting to review it can find both Part 1 and Part 2 available online.

For those interested in north-south transportation, DDOT stated that they are undertaking a transit priority planning study for 16th Street, which they hope to have under contract before the year is out, and which will take at least 12 months to complete after they are allowed to proceed.

The status of the north-south corridor street car wasn’t discussed in much depth either. It was noted that there were four possible north-south routes identified and that the next phase of the project is the environmental study. No reference was made with regards to funding. The main routes being considered in Ward 1 consist of Georgia Avenue vs. Sherman Avenue. One proposal has the route also on U Street to 14th Street.

The improvements to 15th Street will not only make the intersection with Forlida Avenue safer, but also include bioretention bumpouts and the creation of additional greenspace.

The improvements to 15th Street will not only make the intersection with Forlida Avenue safer, but also include bioretention bumpouts and the creation of additional greenspace.

Among the identified improvement projects that will be occurring soon in the Ward were:

  • The creation of dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue;
  • Safety improvements on 15th Street, NW, in the vicinity of Florida Avenue, W Street, New Hampshire Avenue, and V Street;
  • Resurfacing and Streetscape improvements on 7th Street, NW, between N Street and Florida Avenue;
  • The reconstruction of U Street between Florida Avenue (west) and 14th Street, NW; and
  • The reconstruction of Florida Avenue between 9th/U Street and Barry Place, NW

During the discussion of traffic improvements one that will be of particular interest to residents on Monroe Street, NW, will be the addition of skip lines to the intersection of Monroe and 14th Street, NW. These are planned for the Spring of 2015 and intended to improve the interaction between the two-directional turn movements from Monroe Street — something residents on Monroe Street have been seeking for quite a while now.

The presentation on green infrastructure was interesting, where mention was made that more efforts are being made to create tree box spaces that will allow street trees more  room to grow by making larger earthen areas under adjoining sidewalks, giving street trees’ roots more room to grow.

I was both pleased and disappointed to learn that Ward 1 will only receive 300 new trees this planting season. This is because 97% of the known tree boxes are already planted. However, I pointed out during the later question and answer period that Park View has tree deserts that require long-term planning so that more tree areas can be considered during infrastructure improvement projects such as new sidewalks and bioretention bumpouts.

Tree planting map(Click on image to launch 2014/2015 tree planting map)

Lastly, in 2015, DDOT will continue their work of bringing sidewalks and crosswalks into ADA compliance. The majority of  the Ward 1 crosswalks that will be improved this fiscal year will be along 16th Street between Euclid Street and Spring Road, although I was happy to see that they will be redoing the crosswalk at New Hampshire Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road.

For a good sense of what was included in the meeting, I have scanned the presentation materials and made them assessable below.

DDOT 2014 Ward 1 Updates

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