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DCRA Works Quickly to Address Unsafe Retaining Wall

September 7, 2017

3540 Park Place, NW

With age and all the wet weather we’ve had this summer, the retaining wall at 3540 finally gave out and I was alerted to safety issues it created by blocking the sidewalk. I immediately contacted DCRA to alert them to this issue, especially as the property has been vacant for several years. In addition to needing to remove the stone from the sidewalk to restore pedestrian safety, I expressed additional concern that the earth behind the wall could continue to collapse onto the sidewalk if the wall wasn’t fixed.

I have to give DCRA credit for addressing this issue quickly. They visited the property yesterday and determined that the site shall be posted for immediate abatement. DCRA’s Abatement team is going today to remove the rocks, and are also proceeding with a contractor to secure the wall.

Checking Out Park View’s New Alley Work

October 4, 2016

Back in April it was announced that two Park View alley’s would be repaved as part of Alleypalooza 3, the city’s annual push to repair local alleys across the city. The two alleys chosen were in the blocks bounded by Kenyon-Irving-Park Place-Warder and Warder-Park Rd-Park Place-Luray. The larger of the two is between Kenyon and Irving and began first. Currently, the narrow alley between Luray Place and Park Road is a little over half way complete.

Below are some photos of work being done on both sites.

Luray/Park Road Alley work

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Kenyon/Irving Alley work

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Spring Storms Damage Columbia Heights Fountain, Repairs Will Be Expensive

June 13, 2016

Splashing in spray parks and fountains was probably the last thing on anyone’s mind when a record breaking 15 straight days of rain began on April 27th. Now, its lasting effects are still impacting residents living in Columbia Heights. The spring rains damaged the fountain at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza and estimates to repair it have come in as high as $70,000.

(The fountain in operation on Friday, June 10th.)

The record breaking rain that Washingtonians experienced in May also caused havoc with the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza’s fountain when one of the storms flooded the system’s control box. While the city has been able to get the system back up and running, it is not opperating property and the low water pressure is causing some nozzles to shoot water and others to barely have a trickle. Currently, the Department of Parks and Recreation is working with the Department of General Services to procure another control box, however early estimates have been in the neighborhood of $70,000.

While getting the fountain back up to expected operating conditions will be challenging, other improvements to the plaza were completed last week that many should appreciate. The grassy areas to the east of the fountain — which mostly contained dead grass — were replaced with flowers and  shrubs. Ph samples were taken of the soil to ensure that plants were planted correctly.

Below are a few photos of the plants being installed and one after completion.

Plaza plantings

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More Sidewalk Improvements Scheduled for Park View

May 9, 2016
This crosswalk at Princeton and Park Place is among those that will be replaced in the near future.

This crosswalk at Princeton and Park Place is among those that will be replaced in the near future.

If you live in or walk through the northern section of Park View, you’re about to see some significant improvements in the area’s sidewalks. The list below are the blocks involved along with the projected start date.

  • Princeton Place from Warder to Park Place — May 16, 2016
  • Warder Street from Quebec Street to Rock Creek Church Road — May 23, 2016
  • Park Place from Otis Place to Newton Place — May 23, 2016
  • Park Road from Warder to Park Place — May 23, 2016

Sidewalk improvements on these blocks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Upgrading of curb ramps and sidewalks through repair and/or replacement;
  • Correcting drainage issues;
  • Performing repair work at intersections as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Program; and,
  • Installation of porous Flexible Paving (Flexi-Pave) in selected area.

During the project, DDOT will maintain traffic and access to streets, but there may be restricted parking during construction hours. “No Parking” signs are to be posted seventy-two (72) hours prior to construction in areas where parking will be impacted.  All work will be conducted between 7:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Many of the sidewalk issues that will be repaired were identified during the 2014 Age-Friendly DC Block-by-Block walk.

The map below shows the blocks where sidewalk work will occur.

2016 sidewalk repairs(Red lines indicate where DDOT’s next wave of sidewalk work will occur.)

Sidewalk Pavers by Georgia Avenue CVS Getting Repaired Soon

January 20, 2016

New Hampshire Avenue(Sidewalk along the New Hampshire Avenue side of the Georgia Avenue CVS.)

I’m happy to report that DDOT is planning to repair the sidewalk pavers along New Hampshire Avenue to the southwest of Georgia Avenue. Work may begin as early as next week depending upon the winter weather and snow in the forecast.

I first noticed that the sinking pavers were caused by a rat infestation in January 2015. At that time, the Department of Health began a rat abatement program. By July 2015, I’d alerted DDOT but received no response. This was followed by an exchange with DDOT on January 6th, followed up by an ANC 1A resolution on January 13, 2016, requesting immediate attention. These efforts all helped set the current priority to restore this section of sidewalk.

Armed Forces Retirement Home Repairing Its Fence

July 9, 2015

The old Soldiers’ Home is in the process of repairing its fence along Rock Creek Church Road again. There are currently two areas with damage. I recall that down trees caused this round of repairs, although it has been more common for damage to the fence to occur from car accidents that trees.

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D.C.’s Flaking Sidewalks, and How DDOT is Working to Fix Them

March 31, 2015

scaling sidewalk(Flaking sidewalk on the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road, NW.)

Each spring, I’ve noticed that the sidewalks that have been replaced in the last couple of years are in a state of disrepair. Large sections of them show flaking and crumbling. Knowing that we are scheduled to get some new sidewalks in the neighborhood this year, I asked DDOT for more information on the scaling issue and if our new sidewalks would continue to deteriorate.

I was impressed with the thoroughness of DDOT’s response, and that they have a plan for correcting the problem. What follows is DDOT’s response:

The District maintains over 1,600 centerline miles of roadway. Many of these roadways have sidewalks on both sides. We noticed that some sidewalks in the district had shown flaking and delamination. This sidewalk concrete issue is not restricted to the District and is in fact regional.

Literature review indicates the factors known to aggravate scaling in a cyclic freezing and thawing environment are:

  • (a) improper construction practices (improper finishing and inadequate curing);
  • (b) exposure to corrosive salts (such as magnesium or ammonium);
  • (c) exposure to sodium or calcium chloride salts at an early age prior to maturity; and
  • (d) exposure of an inherently poor quality and/or poorly constructed concrete to deicing salts.

Following the extensive sidewalk damage on DDOT’s Riggs Road, NE project, we took two approaches to the problem:

  • (a) To protect the flaked sidewalk concrete from further damage, we applied a product to seal and resurface segments of the sidewalk and to monitor it overtime to evaluate the performance; and
  • (b) Took concrete cores and performed petrographic analysis.

The resurfacing with the product to seal and resurface segments of the sidewalk was conducted in August 2014 and its performance will be evaluated this summer. The sidewalk concrete cores from Riggs Road were evaluated at the federal Turner Fairbanks Research Center in Virginia. The finding from the report indicates that the cause of scaling of the sidewalk was most likely related to poor-air void system in conjunction with improper finishing (premature finishing of the surface before bleeding was completed) of the surface. This surface was then exposed to winter conditions (freezing and thawing in presence of deicing salts, and accumulations of snow and ice), particularly the severe winter of 2013-2014.

DDOT has initiated a citywide survey of the condition of sidewalk concrete and if the trial at Riggs Road, NE, is successful, a city wide repair task will be planned and scheduled. In order to minimize such issues in the future, we have assigned an experienced engineer to vigorously inspect all constructions sites on a daily basis and enforce the Standard Specifications requirements, and any non-complying concrete, asphalt and other construction materials are rejected and replaced with approved materials. Furthermore, quality control managers of concrete producers are required to test and document concrete for slump and air content before it leaves the plants.


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