Posted tagged ‘repair’

Sidewalk Safety Measures Should be in Every Neighborhood

September 28, 2017

Section of sidewalk with ground corners.

While walking around Park View and Columbia Heights, I frequently find sections of raised sidewalk that are trip hazards. Yet, I’ve noticed while walking around in the Adams Morgan area that many of the raised corners that were once trip hazards have been ground down (see example at right).

The more I consider the different treatment of how sidewalks are made safe in Ward 1, the more I think that the efforts to make Adams Morgan sidewalks safe need to be rolled out to every neighborhood. I’ll be advocating with the city to either grind down or replace the unsafe sidewalks areas in our section of the Ward 1.

 

 

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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